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Friday, September 01, 2006

"Survivor" : More on the Racial Theme

There is a fine line between celebrating your race and taking it to that perverse place Hitler chose. But whites, blacks, Asians and Latinos should be proud of their races. Humans are competitive even to the point of war. Humans are violent even to the point of murder. But perversity and evil-doing are not unique to interracial and inter-ethnic conflicts. Man and woman's inhumanity to man and woman are not limited to race or ethnicity. So racial pride does not have to be evil. As Jim Greene wrote to the New York Daily News, "Competing by race is not racist; it's the same as the Irish cheering St. Patrick's Day, Puerto Ricans cheering their parade, Harlemites cheering Harlem Week, etc."

Well we celebrate race in our organization's name. Proudly so. And we clearly state in our goals that membership is open to anyone interested in working for improvements in the black community. There is one in virtually every city in the U.S. There does appear to be some politicking going on though because the New York City Council's Black, Latino and Asian Caucuses are assailing "Survivor." Don't they know it makes no sense for them to condemn CBS' racial theme when they created themselves using race and ethnicity.
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