UPDATE: I wrote this last week, before the internet exploded with discussions of racial identity fueled by a white woman passing for black, before our hearts were broken by Charleston’s violent reminder of one real possible consequence of being born black in America. In light of all that, my post seems both prescient and naive. We are not as far along the road of compassion [feeling WITH] as I had hoped.
When I posted the above on my Facebook page, it received an enormous number of likes. I don’t know where it originated, but it’s a popular picture for sure. When I first saw it I was immediately reminded of this Sesame Street video, from back when my kids were little:
I’ve always admired the way Sesame Street “does” race. It reminds me of Star Trek (the original series, not that preachy TNG). Both show a positive vision–people of all colors working side by side, respecting one another, playing together. No one talks about it much; it’s just accepted. As in the Vulcan ideal of IDIC – infinite diversity in infinite combinations, people don’t fear differences; rather they rejoice in them.
It has to be clear to anyone with eyes that our society is still deeply divided along racial lines, that many if not most of us still harbor prejudices, sometimes even despite ourselves. Yet the fact that so many people “Like” the sweet picture above gives me hope. We aspire to acceptance and love of all races even if we aren’t quite there yet. We acknowledge the beauty of our many different colors, and that’s a start.
I have posted this on the #1000Speak for Compassion linkup, and you can (and should) read the other posts HERE.
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