People hear what they want to hear, and I am no exception. There was a lot of commentary on yesterday's post, RED, some great thoughts and painful experiences, frustration at being passed over for a position because of the color of your skin, concerns about systematic problems in the EMS industry, a little union bashing and what stuck out most for me; charges of racism pointed at yours truly.
Lets us consider for a moment that I am clever enough to conduct a Rorschach test of sorts, and produced a number of images, or blog posts, describing all kinds of scenarios. For arguments sake, let us consider Exhibit 1, posted earlier in the week in a post titled "Present."
In that post, a beautiful love story is described, two immigrant ladies from Senegal, barely speaking English taking care of, and truly making a white woman's last few moments on earth moments filled with kindness, concern and yes, love. Did anybody accuse yours truly of racism?
Now we move to exhibit 2, a post titled The UN.
Here, we learn the the alleged racist is full of compliments and camaraderie with his partners over the years, Hispanic people, African American people, (heaven forbid I say "black" people) Jewish people and Asian People. Were there accusations of racism? Again, I think not.
On the the post in question. Had the haters read the post objectively, perhaps they would have noticed that the main concern was for a person who is in over his head, and makes a fatal mistake and has to live with the consequences. Does anybody care about that poor kid, who is doing a job he truly is not good at?
No, they don't. They are too concerned that Affirmative Action is questioned.
Here's a great racist comment, seeing I'm already in deep. Let us consider for a moment using racial quotas on the basketball team, and further the experiment by putting a white person, for arguments sake, lets use the writer of this post. The white person, who tried out with five hundred people, and got his ass whooped at tryouts by much better ball players still made the team, not because he is any good, rather, they needed a white guy to fill the quota.
Now, the white guy sits on the bench praying they don't put him in the game, but eventually they do, and he stinks up the place, and is ostracized and ridiculed by the rest of the players and boo'd off the court.
How do you think that guy feels?
Not too good.
So call me a racist for that basketball analogy if you want, but here's a little inside scoop-when white guys are in a group with no minorities around, and the subject of affirmative action comes up, nine times out of ten the basketball team comes into play.
And if you belong to a minority group and happen to be in a group consisting exclusively of members of your particular group I am quite certain that comments and accusations are made that would never be expressed when in "mixed" company.
That is the truth, and if the truth hurts too bad. No pain, no gain, and if there is no gain we will be mired in this racist stupidity forever.