After a long hiatus, I'm back in blogosphere.
I could blame my absence on my hectic travel schedule, the aldermanic elections, office politics and health issues. I really could. But the truth is, it's hard waking up to an angry mob, hanging out with an angry mob, and retiring to the shouts of an angry mob.
Who really wants to do that?
If I were writing about panty hose, the latest fashion trends, or celebrity meltdowns and other unsavory gossip, you guys would be a lot nicer.
But it was my idea to use this forum to talk about race.
Frankly, that's brought the worst out in many of you. Some of you never miss an opportunity to trash me on this site. Others spend too much time trashing people they don't even know. Maybe I was naive to think we could have this conversation without rancor, but I didn expect the ease in which some of you hurl racial insults and slurs, either.
Still, race, gender, and class issues keep popping up in the news, right?
While I've been away, there was the Tim Hardaway "I hate gays" story; Virginia's resolution apologizing for slavery, allegations that Curie High School's black principal was fired to make room for a Hispanic one, and the ongoing racial subtext that underscores the Obama presidential campaign. These are interesting topics that can be discussed without someone accusing all blacks of being criminals or all whites of being racists.
So let's make a deal.
I'll do a far better job tending this site, if you guys will be a little less nasty. From now on, I'm going to treat this blog like it's my home. At home one gets to keep out an angry mob.