I am a fan of an online comic called Ctrl-Alt-Del
. Author Tim Buckley is an avid gamer and reviews many things related to gaming. His latest (July 7, 2006) post is about an advertising campaign by Sony with strong racial overtones
so is not being run in the USA, but in Europe. It seems that racial sensitivities regarding blacks and whites is really something uniquely American. His point is well taken and is something I have always believed:
Because if we really want to reach the level of equality in our society that we all say we do, we need to stop dwelling on the past. Slavery is abolished. Has been for a good long time. Not a single one of us Americans owned slaves, or was a slave. It was a horrible period in time, but it's over. Being oversensitive about things like this billboard is what's keeping this racial tension alive. If you ask yourself honestly, you may find that you don't actually think the billboard is offensive, but that you've just been taught it's offensive.
Stop making race a big deal, and race stops being a big deal.