Monday, October 4, 2010

My woman of color quilt: Square 1

“Until justice is blind to color, until education is unaware of race, until opportunity is unconcerned with the color of men’s skins, emancipation will be a proclamation but not a fact.”

~Lyndon B. Johnson

If we pay attention to it, we are accused of being racist.

If we ignore it, we are told we are running from it.

So how should we act when it comes to the topic of “color” – more specifically, the issue of race and ethnicity?

Since the beginning of time, man has fought to find his place in this world. There always has been something “different” about him that another man didn’t like or respect. As our planet’s population grew, so did the number of men who used their personal hatreds to sometimes gather into groups to hate in force. Sometimes it was subtle, sometimes overt. At all times it kept others down.

During the last century, several individual men have stepped up to promote equality, to support political correctness, but for each supporter they gained, two opposers spoke out, keeping the constant debate on race going.

And then there is woman.

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