Obviously this nation is facing something it never has before – the real prospect of electing a black man for our president. If you read through any of my other posts, most of them anyway, you’ll quickly find out I’ve been a Hillary Clinton supporter from day one. However, I have a feeling I’m going to have to switch allegiance pretty soon to Obama, unless Hillary puts up some huge upsets in the remaining primaries. This has brought up some interesting thoughts on race – something that most people don’t want to talk about but I’m just crazy enough to discuss anyway.
I remember my first meeting with a client of mine, who is the pastor of predominately black church here in Decatur. I remember going into the office and seeing pictures of the pastor’s children on his desk and was amazed. “Black people take pictures of their children?” Then his wife brought me bottled water and I noticed the brand. “I buy that brand too!” I even noticed the hardwood floors and thought. “That’s the same species of wood as in my house!” How silly this all sounds but that’s what I was thinking. It’s kind of like Bill O’Reilly being amazed of seeing black people in a restaurant using utensils to eat their food. It’s dawned on me during this political season how truly segregated black and white people still are in 2008 and how completely ignorant we are of one another!
To educate myself better, I’ve even considered attending my client’s church some Sunday as sort of a “cultural exchange” mission. If I could stop looking at the floors and pews long enough from trying to discern their species of wood, I’d probably find that black and white churches have a lot of things in common besides the wood they use in their construction. I’d probably find people a lot like me – as scary as that may be!