In the aftermath of the Trayvon Martin trial, I have watched the racial division get even more entrenched between those I feel are trying very hard to get people to to realize the many subtle and profound ways race plays into life in America, and those on the other side who simply refuse to see it.
I think I have come to realize that blogs like mine either preach to the choir of those who are like-minded already (though it has been a joy to meet so many through this blog) or it goes to those who simply want to argue and no matter what logic is used, prefer to discount.
The reality of this fact hit me the most in the aftermath of President Obama’s wonderful discussion on the Trayvon Martin verdict.
It was heartfelt, honest and just a man talking about his real life experience.
Maybe the most vivid contemporary example, the Washington R*dskins, is addressed by Suzan Shown Harjo of the Cheyenne and Holdulgee Muscogee tribes, the plaintiff in the case against the franchise. Harjo, writing in Three things are certain at this time …
The Native American position is rock solid and will not change.
Persuaded by years of inquiry into the problematic history of how athletic teams have too often resorted to Native American imagery to convey their identities, I will let me many friends who are Blackhawk fans celebrate without me.
Man I wish people would understand the power of these names and the inherent insult built in considering how real Native Americans were treated in American history.
It is in part because my film production company and talent management company are keeping me extremely busy these days, but the biggest reason frankly is just fatigue from trying to open people’s minds.The circle of non-Native supporter is wider, stronger, and more diverse.The time has come to consign “Redskins” to the history books and museums.” Increasingly uncomfortable rooting for a team relying on Native American imagery to popularize its identity, my passion for the team has now dimmed.Thanks to the loyal readers and those that stumbled hear occasionally . And I’ll be jumping into the fray here and there, so don’t think I am disappearing.Tagged Barack Obama, bi-cultural, bi-racial, discrimination, diversity, interracial, interracial dating, interracial marriage, mixed, multicultural, post racial, Post Racial America, race, racism, racist, stereotypes, Trayvon Martin This is crazy! Twitter users took to social to post about their hatred (and flaunted their ignorance, no less) when Marc Anthony sang God Bless America at Tuesday’s MLB All Star game, reports . ) Despite the fact that Marc Anthony is a born-and-bred New Yorker (he grew up in Spanish Harlem), people questioned if they were the only one saw his performance as “un-American” and even questioned his citizenship status. Tagged bi-cultural, bi-racial, Cheerios, commercial, discrimination, diversity, interracial, interracial dating, interracial marriage, mixed, multicultural, post racial, Post Racial America, race, racism, racist, stereotypes, Trayvon Martin I love this interview with Chris Noth.