"Discourse about racism is not meant to stir up feelings of guilt.
Discourse is meant to drive people to action against injustice.
Question is, are we mature enough to sit down and discuss issues of
diversity, including religion, gender and race?" MySikhSense.com
Why did the Founding Fathers fail to include Blacks and Indians (colored eyes) in their cherished proposition that “all men are created equal”? The usual answer is racism, but the reality is more complex and unsettling. In 'Bind Us Apart', historian Nicholas Guyatt argues that, from the Revolution through the Civil War, most White liberals believed in the unity of all human beings. But their philosophy faltered when it came to the practical work of forging a color-blind society. Unable to convince others—and themselves—that racial mixing was viable, White reformers began instead to claim that people of color could only thrive in separate republics: in Native states in the American West or in the West African colony of Liberia.
Herein lie the origins of “separate but equal.” Decades before Reconstruction, America’s liberal elite (white eyes) was unable to imagine how people of color could become citizens of the United States. Throughout the nineteenth century, Native Americans were pushed farther and farther westward, while four million slaves freed after the Civil War found themselves among a White population that had spent decades imagining that they would live somewhere else.
For anyone disturbed by America’s ongoing failure to achieve true racial integration, 'Bind Us Apart' shows conclusively that “separate but equal” represented far more than a southern backlash against emancipation—it was a founding principle of our nation. Source.
Pages And Points To Ponder
Why Don't Sikh Women Tie Turban? Desmond Tutu's Plea To Israel.
See The Homeless Banned And Jailed In 'Christian' America.
See Let's Have 'The Race Conversation' For Real, This Time.
See More Diversity Dialogues. See Institutionalized Racism.
See Required Reading. See Recommended Reading.
See Why Are White Tantra Yoga Classes So 'White'?
See Islamic Extremism vs Christian Extremism.
See A Native American's Thanksgiving Rebuke.
See What White People Need To Know.
See Americans Need To Pay Attention.
See What's Wrong With This Picture?
See A Case Of Unjust Enrichment.
See A Classic Case of Tribalism.
See What Tribalism Looks Like.
See Guidelines For Facilitators.
See For The People Of Color.
See What Is White Privilege?
See KRI Needs To Go To Jail.
See Jon Stewart On Racism.
See The Ubuntu Philosophy.
See Example of Tribalism.
See ACT For Diversity.
See Comments Con.
See Comments Pro.
See Obama 43 To 1.
See My Main Point.