We find it easier to believe that our differences are more important than what we have in common. ~~ Bill Clinton, State of the Union Address, 28 January 1998
I’ve mentioned before that I try to avoid posting here on the subjects of politics and religion, but have fallen to the temptation within these pages on a few occasions. I probably will fail again in the future. They are after all controversial and important aspects of many people’s lives. Facebook, with all its social networking, is the place where I usually get my occasional fix… of the political kind.
This past Tuesday in response to a Facebook status update, in which I alerted my Facebook friends about my latest post, Root’s Kunte Kinte, Fact or Fiction?, the proverbial race card was played. It was not my intent, the posting be racial in any fashion. I would have written it even if Alex Haley were a white man, but that’s the way things go within the open medium of ideas and opinion like Facebook. It could happen here too. A long-time friend in a short but succinct message used the “N” word and added his racist opinion. After some deliberation on the subject I decided to not delete it. But I did write the following reply with emphasis added. (The names have been removed.)(more…)