Martin Luther King Jr. proclaimed “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.” This sentiment implies that one’s race would not be either a preference or a distraction. However, today, we have moved to the state where it is now racist not to notice and call out the race of people.
Over the weekend, the LA Times published an article about a war memorial renovation. The American Legion in Greenwood, SC raised money to replace plaques on the World War I and II memorials. These plaques currently have a designation of ‘Colored’ or ‘White’ by the names. The war memorials of later wars do not include that notation. However, removing this notation from the plaques is being called racist.
Antagonists want the distinction to remain to call out that the military was segregated during this time. While this is factual, calling the removal of such a distinction racist is simply a tactic to enrage people. People who fought and died for this country’s freedom should be respected and are respected by most people regardless of their race. I dare say that there are probably people on those memorials who today would be considered something other than colored or white. However, there does not seem to be a push to ensure that hispanic, asian, etc are represented on those plaques. In fact, that the group wants only colored to be a distinction other than white would actually be the real racism.
However, I digress. Our goal is to create a color blind society where all people can thrive. Putting labels on people as a requirement of being polite only reduces the ability to create that color blind society. However, that is the current push of the real racists in this country. Requiring ‘African’ as a hyphenation for some people is that label to ensure that color blindness is never achieved. One has to wonder if the race enforcers in this country really have the same civil society desire as the rest of us.