Some days it seems so obvious that we might get a lot further ahead if we could admit just how far behind we are.
For instance, what if for one day all white people admitted that yes, indeed we are all inherently racist? And what if we went even further to say that it is only the degree to which we disrupt the internalized racism we carry within, that we become less racist--or at least become more conscious of the ways we are in denial.
If so, maybe we wouldn't have to have these ludicrous, insane and ponderous debates about whether or not Glen Beck, Rush Limbaugh or half of america are prone to racial fears. Yes, including all of us hip, white liberals.
What if, for one day we began with the assumption and the admission that we have all waded in and been tainted by the muddy and hostile waters of racial bias and discrimination by virtue of our birth and our beginnings?
Millions of Americans spend thousands of hours and dollars in therapy and recovery programs to overcome the damages of being raised in a dysfunctional household. What could be more dysfunctional than being raised in a country and culture that was expressly designed with white supremacy in mind (slavery) and no clear process by which the victim and the perpetrator might recover?
Yes, we have all been trudging in the muck and mire so long that perhaps, with an admission, we might doggie paddle our way to uncontaminated shores?
In the meantime, pass the remote for more mudslinging.