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Reply to "The 'Promised Land': Why We're Still Waiting"

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I wondered whether a non-black American audience would ask those kinds of questions in the USA? Really, can anyone tell me?


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I take this to be something that amounts to, in my estimation the type of questions that ask, essentially, "What's It Like To Be Black?"

My question is do the general public white Americans take the opportunity to ask questions about race of any kind? This may not be 'dialog' but it's a way to begin to find out how other people think.

To ask what's it like to be black is a valid question for someone who isn't. It's an attempt to understand another viewpoint. It's a start... not a whole conversation.

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Again, "Dialog" isn't about "knowing" per se (I mean, people should "know" what their experiences are and should be able to speak about them honestly and without pretense)... Dialog is about telling. TRUTH TELLING... and Telling On if even only talking about One's Self. One's own beliefs about one's self, first, foremost, primarily and perhaps only. The problem is this concept of a "race" conversation or dialog is how it becomes A Talk About Black People. Now, if you can't understand how something is seriously wrong with that concept, I don't know what I can say to help you.


I do understand the above. I see there being two sides to the process. Clarifying one's own beliefs certainly. And having the opportunity for white people to ask questions among themselves, and be asked questions, by African Americans.

Very few white people ever think about 'being white' and what that means... white privilege. Where does that discussion begin? With white people certainly. Who creates the opportunity to do that? Governments, media, celebrities, the average person on the street... I see it as everyone's responsibility. And for that to happen there also needs to be a giant leap in consciousness about 'being white'. I'm not sure if that discussion can be held separately or outside of mixed race discussions.

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As noted, Black folks don't have a problem coming to the table. And, in truth, the overall problem of "race" is a problem that resides with White people. So, it would seem to me, if there was/is an earnest attempt to have a Dialog then it is White people who should be fielding the bulk of the questions and doing the bulk of the talking - about themselves.


Two questions please (for everyone):
1. What questions should white people be asking themselves?
2. What questions do African Americans want to ask white people?
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