- Sep 8, 2012
I think that as long as communities define themselves with racial terms, these problems will continue. I think that it is about time that communities are defined by their community's name instead of by its racial composition. There is a New Orleans community, which is a very diverse and multi-racial community. In order to end racism, we have to be color blind. Any and every mention of race or differentiation of history/beliefs/abilities/privileges/etc based on race, feed racism. The community of New Orleans should be responsible for these monuments, regardless the color of people's skin or the language they speak at home. About time that American history becomes that. American History. Not White American or Black American or Gay American or whatever. Otherwise, monuments (and history) that do not represent someone's heritage, will be in danger.
Have you ever been in New Orleans? Because I've lived a few places, as well as in New Orleans, and it seems a little presumptuous to speak to New Orleanians about developing a cross cultural history or "color blindness."