The Color Black

As many of you know, I have been keeping a journal since 1954. Each morning, I re-read what I wrote on this month and day. I am embarrassed to say that on May 15, 1961, I wrote about my prejudices against black people or “nigras,” as I had been taught to refer to them, and I justified my feelings by using arguments I had been instructed to use by my parents. It was a scary kind of racism in that I had been told that it was all right to have an elevated opinion of white people while treating other races kindly but as inferiors. Later,  when I was serving in the Navy, I wrote again about my attitude toward black people. I disparaged the blacks I had met in the military, writing that I would not be able to tolerate a black officer giving me orders. Today, I am as free of racial prejudice as I can be but terrified by the racism I see directed at our first black President. It seems that many white people cannot get past his skin so that they can recognize the positives he has pushed to make our country truly a nation where all “men” are created equal. Racism has most recently been in the news because of black and white mistrust in law enforcement. I see improvement, but we are far from a post-racial society.

About bobosbest

I am a 79-year-old retired English teacher whose writing goals are fulfilled by publishing these blogs. I have a wonderful married partner, Dimitris Tsitsiras, who is from Greece. Life is good and still an adventure.
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