For instance, I wrote a personal account of something that happened to me on Monday in which I referred to the person's race.
A reader from Berwyn had a problem with that.
"While reading your column today I couldn't help notice that you specifically pointed out that the truck driver was African-American.
I have to ask. How does that have anything to do with what happened to you? I mean, why even point that out?...That just seemed wrong."
Here's why I pointed out the truck driver's race:
I was telling a story. I couldn't effectively communicate my feelings about the incident without describing the truck driver as an African-American because part of my angst was caused by the driver's race. That's not to say that wouldn't have been upset had it been a white driver who nearly ran over me. I would have been.
But I was trying to send a broader message.
I came up in an age when black people really did look out for each other. As a black woman, I find the disrespect some black people are showing towards other blacks appalling. I couldn't make that point without describing the driver's race.
My reader also argues that by calling the truck driver a "brother," I automatically draw attention to race. What is wrong with that? Had I described him as fat or short or bald, would someone have had a problem with that as well?
I understand that there are people who believe we should all be color-blind. I don't. I believe we should appreciate our differences and see them much like one does the pieces of fabric used to make a quilt.
The fact that I described the rude driver's race shouldn't be taken to mean that all black drivers are rude.