It has been brought to my attention that my recent posts make me sound like a, well, how can I put this? Racist Bigot, was the combination of words that comes up most often, I believe. This happened in Real Life, so don't think that you've missed something in the comments section. And since it was more than one person, I gave this matter a great deal of thought.
They don't know what's in my heart. My conscience and my karma are clear. I am not a bigot, now. I was, at one time. But I got over it. And went on to become a Flaming Liberal Democrat for many years. But I got over that, too.
That's right...I've lost my Liberal White Guilt. And I'm not lookin' to get it back.
When I was in gradual school, a professor tried to tell me, along with the rest of the class, that because we were White and Middle-Class we carried a "backpack of privilege". I took exception to her pronouncement. I am indeed white, but where did she come off making an assumption about my socio-economic background or current status? Didn't that evidence a certain "classism" in her own mindset? And for the rest of the semester, every time this "Educator" would drop one of these Politically Correct bomblets in the middle of the classroom, I'd challenge it. I am just not a politically correct game playa.
And, since I hit the half century mark, I have noticed that I just don't have the time to be particularly...tactful. I realise that this can come across as rude or insensitive. But I prefer to see it as cuttin' through the niceties, the fat with which we, as a society, surround the hard truths of this life's meat. Not every use of the word "black" is derogatory. Sometimes it is merely a descriptor. If the reader chooses to see derision in black,or any other color or race, or ethnicity I use here, perhaps the reader needs to examine their own attitudes.