After I got home last Thursday from my very diverse home owner’s class I turned my TV on in time to hear an interview with a member of the National Socialist Party. This is old name of the Nazi party in Germany, although this person claims he is not a Nazi.
Rick Sanchez on CNN asked this NSP party member if he believed that all non-whites should be barred from American citizenship. He agreed that this is Point #4 on the NSP platform or manifesto or whatever, and that he does wants a white America. He, in fact, would like all non-whites to go back to their country of origin. I guess he forgot that some of our ancestors hauled people out of their native lands in chains and forced them to come here. I guess he forgot that these same ancestors systematically forced these people to forget their native lands and people. These people are Americans. Where would they go? The reporter said that this guy is patrolling our border in Arizona. One-race solutions sound like they simplify human relationships, but they really just polarize them.
We do need a dialogue about race but the issue may be too volatile still. I think that having an African American President allows some of these issues to come to the forefront, but that we are still not sure how to talk about them without shouting at each other or worse. It is my hope that we use this opportunity to address continuing areas of injustice in American society. Maybe we don’t need any more dialogue, maybe we need more inclusion. Our current recession has been very difficult for many minority groups who find their toehold on the middle class disappearing once again. White Americans lost their jobs, but, I think, many non-white Americans lost their opportunities.