In spite of all the pain and challenge of the Don Imus mess pointing out YET AGAIN how pervasive a blight systemic racism is on this great nation of ours here's a Letter to the Editor from today's New York Times that gives a glimpse of hope that there are a few "inches at a time" being reclaimed as we journey together toward becoming that nation of liberty and justice for ALL!
To the Editor:
I’m a white, prudish suburban woman with the requisite huffy indignation for all things racist and sexist. Yet I watched Don Imus most mornings. It often made me squirm, but I could justify the puerile banter as being another part of urban culture that I just didn’t get. So I was ready to defend Mr. Imus because of the platform he provided for in-depth, high-caliber interviews.
When I saw the young women of Rutgers, I was shamed as I have never been shamed before. I suddenly saw my very real contribution to our racial divide. Indifference. I’d been willing to dismiss the denigration of African-Americans and women because it’s become common and because it suited me.
And I learned the true meaning of grace and courage from those young women.
Thank you all for showing me that I have much work to do.
Yarmouth, Me., April 13, 2007