We all agree that our society still harbors racism. Given, we have come a long way in the last 50 years, but discrimination still exists. Many well intentioned people are soncerned with this are striving to correct the problem. These people are a significant part of the driving force behind the politically correct movement. Instead of calling people black or indian, mexican or the like, we euphamisms like "african american", "hispanic", "native american" and the like.
I am of the opinion that these racial lables do more harm than good. By modifying the nationality of "American" with "african", "asian", and "native" we draw lines and reinforce racial boundries. Can we not all just be Americans? (sorry to those from other countries, just insert the nationality you want)
If I were to walk up to a blonde and say "I have brown hair and you have blonde hair" no one would be offended. However if I awknowledged the skin color of an "african american" with the same candor, I would be labled a biggot.
We are already colorblind about hair and eye color in the same way we want to be colorblind about skin. How is this demonstrated? Because we can freely admit defferances without giving offence. As long as we have to use racial lables, we cannot be colorblind about skin color.
When the govenrnment administers employment, loans, welfare etc. on the basis of a racial label, we admit our inability to stop discriminating. The government lables us according to our skin color, so how can it expect the citizenry to do any differently?
When I applied to colledge I was asked for my racial identity. There were over 50 options, including "croato-latvian", "African-Oriental", "Russian-Viatnamese", "Siamese-American" and "Nicaraguan-American". With all those options I thought I could surely fund my racial identity, which I am just as proud of as any "Croatio-Latvian". Lo and behold there was no "English" or "German" to be found. Not even "European-American". Do I have no ethnicity because I am white? Do I have no cultural roots to be proud of.
I checked "other" and typed in "AMERICAN".
How many years back in our geneology must we look to find petty differances and then attach a label to that differance? Why worry?
Let us create a society that is truely colorblind by no longer having the government use racial lables. If we are all equal, let us not be labled and classified.