What books or movies have opened your eyes to the role of race in our history and society? If you feel that it is your responsibility to learn and understand and teach your children, how is it that you do this?
I got the grand total of one response to the question and the post in general. There are several reasons I could think of for this, and I'm really curious and would love to know. So, if you feel like either answering the original questions, or letting me know which of the following describes your thoughts on this issue (or any other thoughts about it), I'd love to hear them. If not, that's fine, too. So, my analysis:
- Many of my regular readers just don't read my book reviews (the question was at the bottom, so maybe no one saw it).
- Even those of you who enjoy my thoughts on books, weren't interested in a "Civil Rights book."
- Race issues make you uncomfortable, so you avoid them.
- You honestly haven't thought a lot about race issues.
I also had a little talk with my daughter last night because we were doing some research for a questionnaire she had to fill out for her third grade immigration/heritage study. She was surprised to find out that our people came over from Ireland in the late 19th century. I think that she was also surprised to know that there were signs posted in windows of shops that read, "Help Wanted: No Irish," or "No blacks, no Irish, no dogs." We talked about what that meant. I think it might have disturbed her a bit, because racism seems foreign to her (thank goodness, for now). She was trying to make sense of it in her head, and she finally vocalized her real questions by asking, "But I thought that we were always American. . . ?" A-ha. Racism is foreign to her, but America she knows. I explained to her that no one has always been American. We all came from somewhere. In researching the Irish culture, I found out that they sought to maintain their identities, especially in light of the way that others viewed hem. They created Catholic communities in the largely Protestant states, they celebrated St. Patrick's Day, and they took pride in their jobs, even if they were the jobs that no one else wanted.
One of the problems expressed by the girls in the video is that they don't know who they are or where they came from anymore. Can we all be different and hold to our histories and cultures and still all get along? Is that what America really is, or is it really a melting pot? I guess I don't expect real answers to those questions, but I would love to hear your thoughts on some of the earlier points I brought up.