As an editor at a major online publication, I get the privilege of previewing a lot of the day’s big news stories before they hit the front page. While our editorial staff may suggest trending items for our writers to cover, ultimately, their topic selection is up to them. And so I am treated to a wide variety of informative, entertaining, and sometimes provocative articles, as are our readers.
So it was that on Tuesday, I discovered that not one, but two items I’d not really viewed through that lens before are racist: birds and coffee. In both instances, it’s the historical context that brings the negative charge and baggage. For birds, it’s the namesake of the Audubon Society which renders it problematic; for coffee, it’s the history of its harvesting.
That got me to thinking about how prevalent the charge of racism is these days. Instead of living in a post-racial age, which, as a child of the seventies and eighties, I naively thought we’d see by now, we’re seemingly drowning in a rising sea of racism. And I can’t help but wonder – as many others have – if labeling everything racist doesn’t ultimately mute the charge?
There is one bright spot in all of this, though: We’ve found something that seemingly everyone agrees on – racism is bad.
This “Moore to the Point” commentary aired on NewsTalkSTL on Wednesday, March 22nd. Audio included below.
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