Wednesday, February 2, 2011
Side Bar-Black History Month Question...What do you think?
HOW HAS BLOGGING (AND SOCIAL MEDIA) IMPACTED RACE RELATIONS?
As many of you know, February is Black History Month. And as a woman of color, I am honored to welcome it, embrace it, and acknowledge it by way of my blogging forum.
This post is to give tribute to my ancestors---a strong, mighty, beautiful and awesome people who paved the way for me, and the many contributions they have made to our enjoyment and betterment as a collective society. Thank you. Forever.
And now to the topic of the hour...
My parents grew up in the south in a different day and time. Back then, "race mixing" was a taboo, and other than in roles of service, there was very little interaction outside of one's race.
We moved to the big city, (the Midwest) where the climate was different, and expectations were different.
Truth be told, I have always been blessed to have "real life" friends who were of different races, religions, and socio-economic backgrounds.
My best friend today is still a Hispanic woman that I met when she and I were in eighth grade, as students selected for a "Gifted Students" program. I find she has my back even now, decades later.
In high school and in college, I hung out with a small group, but diverse nonetheless.
But, I must admit that in 2011, even though we have a Black president, some folks still stay stuck in their same social habits and stereotypic views. They choose to only associate with people of their same background. Or perhaps my perspective is based upon my beliefs as a creative artist.
By and large we tend to be open-minded cool kats. :-)
So I'm not knocking anyone for this; I'm just saying, for the purpose of discussion, that it's a surprise and somewhat antiquated. What I have discovered, through my diverse associations, is no matter what race or religion, we have more commonalities than differences.
But the other day, I thought about blogging and social media.
In my mind, online avenues have caused us to communicate outside of our geographical boundaries and our comfort zone.
When I look at the "followers" on different blogs, and the commenters too, everything is so beautifully diverse and dynamic! Bravo!
I can't help but think that of all the benefits of blogging and social media, that improved race relations has been an added bonus.
How about you? Do you see any correlation? Are you now more inclined to dialog with different folks from different places and points of view?
Have you met and made online friends that are different than the ones that are comprised in your "physical world" existence?
Do tell. No judgments here. :-)
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