Thursday, May 17, 2012

MAY 17, 2012

O let America be America again--
The land that never has been yet--
And yet must be--the land where every man is free.

Langston Hughes wrote those lines years ago and certainly had nothing in mind like the headline in today's Washington Post.  And yet, and yet....

The headline is "Minority babies majority in U. S.", and it means just that, that most babies born today are not Anglo-Saxons.  Hispanics and Asians run strongly. That means it will be impossible for whites to feel like a dominant, in-charge group because they won't be.  It means a young Northern kid going South for the first time won't see all the ugly signs that I saw--whites only, colored only, etc. The Civil Rights Acts of the 1960s took care of those, of course, but I think I wrote back then that we inch forward toward our goal of not being racist.  This news is a very big inch.

So let's raise a glass--multi-colored of course--to the multi-racial United States that's down the road.  Gods--multi-colored too, no doubt--bless.





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