I engaged and debated for two hours. I’m sweaty and my voice is gone. To those of you who recognized me from this blog and offered their support, thank you! I learned a lot today and it seems that those who spoke with me did too. I’m just disappointed that this received as much national attention as it did, it was evident from the conversations that the BCR was completely on the defensive. I felt a little bad because most weren’t even aware of the literature or great minds that have made a career of discussing these issues. Ergo everyone that I spoke with left with book recommendations and was shown The LA Times racial diversity map as additional food for thought.
In addition, all of the people I spoke with mentioned Morgan Freeman’s statement about “forgetting race.” The BCR used this quote to validate their position which is fine but for every Morgan Freeman you have many more Cornel West’s or bell hooks or Wendy Brown’s or Manning Marable’s and yes even a Tim Wise. Morgan Freeman doesn’t speak for every one and he sure as hell doesn’t speak for me.
-a longer update will maybe show up later-
(Check thenoobyorker’s tumblr for more great coverage of this event)