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January 03, 2003

Segregation in America Senator Lottís

Segregation in America

Senator Lottís comments of several weeks ago caused me to reflect on what he said, and the current state of race relations. Lott bragged that Mississippi voted for Strom Thurmond in his bid for the presidency in the 1940ís and that if he had won America would not have many of the problems we have today. The problem of course is that Thurmond ran as a segregationist which rubbed many people of today wrong. My question then is simply, ďDonít you really want there to be segregation?Ē Donít throw stones at me yet.

Americans were all in an uproar at Lottís comments, as if Americans are completely against segregation, but I have my doubts. Many people got on their high horses and acted as if this was such a terrible thing to say, and immediately called for Lottís head. In public they were crying for his job, yet in their personal lives I am willing to bet that 99% of them lead extremely segregated lives, as do many of us.

Look at your churches, are there people of a different race attending your church (and not those who work in a custodial capacity), or do the members turn their heads when someone of a different color walks in? What do your friends look like? Not your acquaintances, but your good friends, do they look like you? For most of us the answer will be yes. What do your childrenís friends look like? Are you uncomfortable when they bring someone from a different race over to spend the night?

Americans are hypocritical and no, I am not just lumping the Republicans into this category. It is funny to me how everyone found Lottís comments to be so upsetting, yet most of them live their lives in a similar manner to what he described. NEWSFLASH: America is not the great melting pot, it is more like a tossed salad where we all live close to one another, but where cultures do not blend together.

So, do you want segregation? Look at your own life and evaluate whether or not you are living that way already. You want to meet other cultures then find opportunities to do so, the burden should not always be on others to meet you. Is it uncomfortable??? Damn right, it can be, but the possible rewards may greatly outweigh the risks. We fear what we donít know, and much of us donít know squat about other cultures. Donít blame Lott too much for what he said for we already live in a segregated society, we just canít talk about it.

Posted by Woundwort at January 3, 2003 02:45 PM | TrackBack
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