Angry Zen Minion Paul Jang writes in with a Census Bureau report that indicates by 2050, minorities will be the majority in America. Minorities are classified as non-Hispanic, single-race white people. Hopefully by then, it won’t really matter.
The starry eyed liberal idealist in me believes that people should be judged on the strength of their character and not external factors like the color of their skin, the cut of their clothes, height, weight, eye slant, whatever. I try not to bang the racial indignation hammer too hard here at AZM because I want to believe that it doesn’t matter. The sad fact is that in today’s America, Audrey and I will have to explain to our future children why some people in this country don’t want to play with them just because they look different. We’ll have to spend time bracing them against the racial slurs they may encounter. Hopefully, our grand kids will be free from such nonsense. But for now, it saddens me to resign myself to the knowledge that even in the new damn millennium, we just ain’t there yet.
Out of all my friends, I’m one of the first to notice little racial inconsistencies like casting Zhang Ziyi as a Japanese geisha or cliches like the black guy always dying first. I like to think that by pointing such things out, I’m helping to broaden awareness of potentially offensive trends. But sometimes I wonder if it does more annoyance than good. I could spend a good few posts tearing this summer’s movie slate a new asshole for its lack of diversity. But really, who cares? Did the lack of people who look like me on the big screen take away from my enjoyment of the blockbusters that destroyed box office records? Not really. My disappointment was rather mild compared to the awesome multiple geeky joygasm Iron Man, Kung Fu Panda, Wall-E, Hell Boy 2 and Dark Knight gave me.
To expect America to change to suit my world view is stupid. My views are just as insane as the next person’s and really, neither of us are completely right. However, I can choose how I perceive my country. If Obama loses the Presidency, it’s not because America’s racist or ignorant or afraid or whatever else the pundits and news organizations will say. He will have lost because more people want the other guy. For whatever reason, more people will have voted for the other guy. That’s all you get. To try to interpret why is an exercise in futility. How can anyone possibly know, I mean really know, why other choose one way or another. For the record, we here at AZM are totally in the Obama camp.
America is what you make of it. If you expect the best, you will find the best. If you expect the worst, you will find the worst. You will find every little inconsistency, every little cliche, every little offense filling your days with an endless stream of soul crushing complaints. Makes for great blogging, but it’s not very constructive.
In 2050, race may indeed no longer matter. But I’m not waiting. People should be judged by their character and not their skin color and that’s how I choose to live.