Do you know, where you’re going to? Do you like the things that life is showing you? Where are you going to? Do you know? Do you get, what you’re hoping for when you look behind and there’s no open door? What are you hoping for? Do you know? The theme from “Mahogany” by Diana Ross rings in my mind on a daily basis. As soon as I get a chance to gather my thoughts and begin to review and analyze the crisis of America regarding race, something else happens. In the 21st Century, the dreams of having a good relationship, having a good job, addressing or not addressing racism still exist. Some of us paint our faces everyday with a strength to keep our jobs, to be good mothers and fathers, to be great educators, people..in all professions..just to survive. We are unable to demonstrate the disappointment with our society in fear of losing our jobs, livelihood. It seems that certain minorities will never have a voice.
I recently read an article regarding Starbucks adding the phrase to their cups attempting to spark a conversation regarding race-relations. I did not think that was an ideal thing for Starbucks simply because their clientele is predominately white and are at certain socio-economic status. In my mind, this would be another forum held by people who it doesn’t directly effect. But, I do commend them on thinking of the idea.
Where do we start as a country? There are African American organizations who are addressing and discussing the issues; which is great. However, we need to have a diverse panel to begin together. We need politicians to put aside their personal agendas, and personal views and acknowledge the problems America is ignoring. News anchors attempt to compile programs to address issues that most minorities already know and face on a daily basis and feel good about themselves because they think they are opening the eyes to Americans. But they are not. They are telling a repetitive story of racism and the inequities in society, but does nothing about…except video tape, and sometimes discuss…but never really attempt to resolve.
Let’s have the conversation. Take the kid gloves off. It’s well overdue. Begin now.