Going too hard
January 8, 2011, 6:31 pm
Filed under: Human Potential

I have this feeling that my written comments about race are too harsh or strong for people to feel comfortable responding to me. But this hasn’t been the case when I’ve talked with people (black, white, Hispanic, Arab) in person. To the contrary, my discussions about race with other people have been surprisingly fruitful, peaceful and without awkward silences.

Generally, I believe there’s too much that gets in the way of people speaking honestly about race. Behind my concern that I might “come on too strong” is probably really the fear of offending others, something I’m sure most people can relate to. I don’t want to offend anyone, but I can’t let that stop me from expressing myself. I sincerely hope the fear of offending doesn’t stop others from expressing themselves. I, for the record, am hard to offend. I’ve thought the worst of myself and my actions for years, and a certain level of bullet proofness is a result.

One of my life goals is to help create a more comfortable and inviting environment for people to talk about race (and ultimately sex, death, and other taboo topics). This blog could be one of those environments. I think open discussion will make the world a better, kinder, gentler and more ALIVE place. What could be better than that?



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There’s nothing wrong with awkward silences, by the way. Love…

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