The American perspective…

 

This is never a one dimensional conversation. You’re always invited to call with your point of view. Our telephone number is 888-683-2394. Wherever you may be reading today you’re welcomed to participate in the conversation.

 

I want to chat for a few minutes about: RACE RELATIONS!

 

I’ve suggested to you a few times to see the movie “Crash” starring Sandra Bullock and Chris Bridges AKA “The Rapper Ludacris”. The movie is about race relations and how WE treat each other in OUR country. Be forewarned. It’s NOT pretty.

 

I would hope that we could all learn to co-exist; get along but it requires us to TALK to each other. So many people draw conclusions based on assumptions or ignorance but did you ask “WHY”? Perhaps not. Most of us like to hear ourselves “talk” and are busy selling our perspective but don’t spend much time “listening” and asking question to get an understanding.

 

I’m talking about RACE RELATIONS today. There is a “race relations” problem in America; until we start talking to each other things probably aren’t going to get any better. To get an understanding between the races we have to start talking “to” each other; not at or above each other. Conversation is easy. It starts with “hello” and goes from there.

 

A big part of the reason we have race relations issues in America is because we don’t know each other; poorly communicate on practically “all” levels. How will I know how you feel about a subject unless you tell me? I won’t know unless you clearly tell me your point of view; then we respect others point of view without making one or the other feel inferior.

 

For African-Americans listening…how many Caucasian friends do you have?

If you’re Caucasian listening…how many African-American friends do you have? You’d probably be surprised at the number of us that say no companions from other races. That’s sad. Thousands of (African-American and Caucasian) living in Myrtle Beach and you have no friends from other races. See the problem. Existing in the same community; walking past each other and have no idea about each other’s culture. If we want more harmonious communities; neighborhoods we have to do a better job talking to, learning and understanding each other.

Have you ever asked an African-American or Caucasian person “Why do you do that?” or “Why do you feel that way?” or “What does that mean in your community”? Most of us don’t ask enough questions; then unfairly draw conclusions about each other based on very limited information.

Folks “we all” have to start talking “to” each other. Today, instead of being “critical” of another’s viewpoints and drawing a conclusion based on perhaps “limited” knowledge sit down and chat with the other guy for a moment. It’d probably wind up being an “eye-opening” and learning experience. Shalom! (peace)