Thank You So Much For Your Essays
I stumbled upon your site while looking for information that I could use to combat
certain racist terms that are being tossed around this election cycle. It has become
increasingly depressing to hear the things being said about Barack Obama ... and Hillary
Clinton, as well. As a child in the 70's, I was not taught racism or bigotry. My schools
were integrated. My neighborhood, though predominately White, was much more diverse
than other areas of town. My mother told me stories of the 50's and growing up being
raised by a Black woman and the inequality the woman faced. I can remember being horrified.
The woman who raised my mother was a very special woman. To think that someone would
have treated her unjustly and with prejudice was more than a child's mind could grasp.
"Why?" was the unanswerable question. There was NO justification. There was NO good
Over the years, I had begun to believe that things were improving, race-wise, gender-wise,
etc. Sadly, I've come to believe I've been suffering a horrible case of self-delusion.
It never actually went away, it just went further underground, I think? Though admittedly,
the effects of generations of it will be felt for many years to come. And as if the
recent anti-immigrant hate wasn't enough, we're now hearing the most awful things
said about a Presidential candidate ... not because of his policies, but because of
his skin color. And I still have no answer to that question - "Why?". And while the
things being said are bad enough on their own, I find it even more offensive that
they are said to me, because I am white, as if that has created some bond that will
find me accepting of their hate speech.
So, as I said, I came to your site, hoping I could find something to aid me in fighting
back ... and what I found was so much more. Your essays are ~incredibly~ touching.
(I've read each one and cried through most of them.) They are clearly heartfelt and
come from what I suspect is a very kind man. Someone who has spent a lot of time devoted
to these matters. And I can't thank you enough. They offer hope, inspiration, and
more wisdom than I have seen in recent years. I suspect that racism against Barack
Obama is going to get much worse ... (more visible?) ... as the election cycle moves
onward and, while I find it increasingly depressing, it is comforting to know that
there ARE compassionate individuals such as yourself in the world and I thank you
for sharing yourself with us.
I'm not even sure that adequately expressed how much I loved your essays. I truly
hope it has.
Thank you again,
-- June 13, 2008