In Living Color

I guess I wasn’t even thinking straight. I have grown so accustomed to being racially blind that I didn’t see the obvious until a racist republican jack-ass that I have the unfortunate bad luck to know made a comment. Then it struck me. I was looking at the televised images of the despair and the suffering in New Orleans and seeing human beings in need. But my racist acquaintance looks at those same images and sees niggers.

Now it just so happens that New Orleans has a large non-white population. Many of these people were without the means to escape the hurricane. And a lot of the televised images, especially those coming from the SuperDome and the AstroDome make this pretty obvious. And this racist comment made me aware that the urgency that I feel about getting these people help may not be felt by some people. And have no doubt that there are many bigots in positions of power to this day.

Now while I do not consider myself racist, I would have to admit to being prejudiced. I am prejudiced against stupid people and republicans and bigots. And while I may be stereotyping republicans (not!!) I don’t think being prejudiced against stupidity, ignorance and prejudice is such a bad thing.

I’m sure we all agree that we ought to love one another, and I know there are people in the world who do not love their fellow human beings, and I hate people like that! - Tom Lehrer

I know there are good people helping everywhere including on the ground in New Orleans. And I know there are plenty of people just as blind to race as I am. But I also remember that racial bigotry is not gone from the world. Could it be rearing its ugly head even during this horrible disaster?

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