Peace and greetings all!!!
Welcome all to the new blog site that deals with a multitude of issues which revolve around ethnicity and all of its attendant socio-cultural and political complexities. This site and the articles that will be appearing herein, though heavily leaning in an academic arch and chock-full of hearty information, nevertheless, will be presented in a raw, real, and uncensored format that gets straight to the point.
As we can see, from the recent race-related imbroglio that Dr. Henry Louis Gates, President Barack Obama, and that police officer in Cambridge, MA., showed everyone, race and ethnic issues are very much topics to be analyzed, discussed, and dealt with;especially so, since America has elected its first black President, and consequently, this has prematurely fostered the illusion that we now live in a post-racialized era. One of the cardinal reasons that that situation went from zero-to-ballistic on the “racial taboo meter” was because people have been quite complacent, and comfortably inured with not discussing pertinent issues of race beyond the comfortable environs of their own homes. Even there, though discreetly recognized for the social and ethic merit it warrants, racial profiling exists. Yes, racial profiling exists. It exists just as real as we make those distinguishing thoughts and actions that originate in the dank halls of caricatures and stereotypes that we were raised to ascribe to certain groups and act thereon to such beliefs; particularly those beliefs that are accorded peoples who are in those groups and perpetually exist as the “other.” And, in the truest of natures connoting a teachable moment, if we could expose for a bit the “why’s” of egregious ethnic disparities and racial animosities, that would then be a teachable moment.
So, this is the nature of this blog. Just as race and ethnicity have remained ostensible, yet obscuring topics to be avoided, this site addresses these issues head-on in a scholarly and historically-oriented manner; yet, it keeps it real with an approachable decorum. However, don’t worry, though written in a scholar’s slant, there will be occasional rants of humor as well. Welcome and enjoy the journey!