I married a white woman. Want to know how many attended the wedding from her family? None. And as far as whites being the most non-racist members of society, you must be excluding members of the Klan and the Aryan Nation and the Heritage Front and their supporters who regularly go out looking to kick the crap out of a minority for the rites of passage and initiation routines.
But even making blanket statements like that...blacks are...whites are...asians are...shows there is still alot of work to be done before we begin to truly accept our differences.
Mr. Wright was told that there was no racism in the senior baseball league. To me, that is a denial and a rather utopian, yet shortsighted description of the state of that league. Mr. Wright, the only black manager in the league is being told by an all-white governance that there is no racism in the league? Based upon what? I'm pretty sure the league, nor the umpires, have ever conducted any significant research on the subject, so how could it be considered fair that they took such action?
But what recourse does anyone have? Mr. Wright questioned it and the media tore him to pieces. He and his family had to answer question after question about it, while the instigator got off free, and in fact was not seen in action for the rest of the year.
Mr. Wright, I know for a fact, has done more around Halifax to address incidents of racism and violence among schoolage children and teenagers, than your average person. He didn't deserve what happened to him and neither did Mr. Johnson or Ms. Atwell.
One of the problems, though, is that when a person of colour raises these topics, they get jumped on, belittled and castigated by the media and pundits who boldly state that any allegations are baseless, no matter how much merit there is to them.
In my opinion, as a black man who was born in Nova Scotia, a large part of the problem is that those in control are not ready to discuss the issue of racism. It's as if they are automatically pidgeonholed as racists if they discuss the topic, when I believe just the opposite. An open and honest dialogue is really needed so folks can open up about the subject, vent and then move on. Ask Kirk Johnson, who was born in North Preston and raised in that community his entire life. He represented this country at the World Championships. He's worn the Maple Leaf with pride. Yet he can't have his car be driven here without being stopped and having the car impounded? The Chief and Deputy apologized to Mr. Johnson, but the officer who impounded the vehicle boldly stated "I don't care what my Chief says, I'm not apologizing." Ask Cecil Wright, who was born in Halifax, about the treatment he received when he asked if an umpire was a racist bastard when he was tossed from a senior league game for simply calling time. And he, to this day, protected that umpire by not giving his name to the media when they wanted it. For his trouble, he was suspended and told that racism doesn't exist in the senior league. You really should speak to some Halifax Regional Police officers and firefighters of colour and ask them about the incidents of racism that they endure. Ask Robin Atwell. But let's keep denying its existence and we will forever suffer in silence, pretending racism is someone else's problem...certainly not one which is rooted in this region.
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