Does Race Matter in 2014?
"What'd you do this weekend?"
“I went to see this movie called Dear White People.”
I almost choked on the above sentence when a white a coworker asked about my past weekend whereabouts (awesome movie by the way, go see it).
The title Dear White People, makes everyone uncomfortable and makes some people angry.
Is America really a post racial utopia where race is but a memory of people with lynch ropes and hoods from the good ol’ 1400s-1950s (that’s also a grip of time ya’ll)? Not quite.
Everyone has so many bottled up feelings about race, their views explode out on unsuspecting places like YouTube, unrelated news articles, and random rants on Facebook. The internet has allowed an anonymity that let's people's real (and sometimes scary) feelings about race bubble to the surface.
I think that’s a good thing. Race, in all it’s complexity and confusion, shapes every facet of our lives. It affects our livelihoods, especially on the brown and black side of things. But never fear, if you still feel like race just doesn’t matter in 2014, I have some answers to the top 5 common beliefs why race (supposedly) doesn't matter in the video below: