Race! At times it seems like the subject is taboo. It’s the dirty four-letter word that no one wants to use, but everyone knows exists. And when someone dares to use the term, various reactions come to the forefront—from apathy to feigned or real imagination.
Discussions and even remarks about racism between persons of the same ethnic group are generally civil. But when people of different races discuss the dynamics and repercussions of racism upon their respective communities, deep emotions, irrational thinking, and seeming insanity sometimes run rampant. Moreover, when the time comes to admit that racism is still a huge problem in America, the already charged emotions are multiplied.
Race relations have not improved in many areas of society. With the gradual erosion of programs like Affirmative Action, we will have to depend upon our own sense of humanity, morality and spirituality to lead us to the time when we will be judged by the “content of our character, and not the color of our skin,” as first expressed by Dr. Martin Luther King. This book hopes to provide some meaningful insight about racial issues from the perspective of a black man in America. Each work in the book was done independent of another, but there are some recurring themes. Moreover, respective subject matter will at least have a subtle relevance to the effects of racism that may not be readily apparent to those whose hearts are hardened and minds are closed. Each work is a different place among a journey, with visual images and sayings as points of interest along the way.
The essays on race and racism, poetry, as well as the sayings and illustrations, are meant to facilitate a discussion about tough racial problems in America that are insidiously tearing away at the fabric of society in much the same way that termites destroy the finest wooden homes if left uninhibited. Some viewpoints presented within this work may be controversial, but it is my hope that they will elicit introspection and pull readers’ heartstrings to action.