23
Feb
09

Person of Pallor

Eric Holder thinks that we are a nation of cowards. He’s the new attorney general of the US.

Though race related issues continue to occupy a significant portion of our political discussion, and though there remain many unresolved racial issues in this nation, we, average Americans, simply do not talk enough with each other about race. It is an issue we have never been at ease with and given our nation’s history this is in some ways understandable. And yet, if we are to make progress in this area we must feel comfortable enough with one another, and tolerant enough of each other, to have frank conversations about the racial matters that continue to divide us.

We spend so much time, as a country, pointing out our differences. The threat of intimidation for even the appearance of intolerance is very real. Yet we delight in attaching labels to ourselves: Typical White Person, Black Man, Pacific Islander, etc. Maybe it’s those damn labels? Or maybe we’re just afraid that Al Sharpton is going to set up a picket in front of our house?

Well, I’m a Person of Pallor. I’m a pasty white dude. No really, pasty. I’ve had a bunch of skin cancers cut off my body, so I rarely go outside without a shirt. Is that label enough for you? I also have thick skin and can take a joke. So let’s share some BS in the driveway and fix the world’s problems.

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