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  •  Thank you for such a thought-provoking diary. (6+ / 0-)

    Sadly, "doing right" these days is a topic in dispute.  Everyone used to know what "do right by each other" meant:  treat people with kindness, dignity, respect and generosity.

    Now, the Fake News world & right-wing nasty Talk Radio has convinced a sizable group of the nation, who function at just above the level of mental deficiency, that sarcasm, nastiness, shouting, and disdain are all justified toward the rest of our nation's citizens.

    Do right by your neighbors.

    A friend of mine is currently writing his memories as a teen and young man.  Perhaps it will be good enough to actually become a memoir.  I can tell you that it has me interested in each chapter that comes out.

    The timeframe is late 70s, early 80s.  In some of the latest chapters, he has moved into a house with some friends in a Black neighborhood.   He writes (sorry paraphrased from my memory):

    I always like living in a Black neighborhood, compared to the sterile white suburbs.  People sit on their porch and say hello.  They watch out for each other. Often, Black neighbors find white people like me to be a novelty, a curiosity, and that leads to great conversations.
    The next door neighbor, an older Black lady, rings the bell, presents a delicious sweet potato pie and promises:  "Bring back my glass pie dish if you want more of those."   She's lived there 35 years.

    As a gay man, I don't want to be straight. I like how my life has gone and can say that now that I'm older and have the experience.   I think everyone should be able to be who they are - as they were born - and everyone else should respect that.

    Parenthetically, people should be free to reinvent themselves if they wish. Just like Robert Capa, if you want to be someone else - a different past or background or whatever, being able to reinvent yourself and embark on a new career should be possible.  With all the tracking now done of everyone in every way, I don't know if that is possible any more.

    We aren't to a post-racial society yet, but we should keep working toward that goal.  I think young people today have great advantages that we didn't have 30-40 years ago:  openness of mind is a powerful tool in navigating the world.  The prejudices of the past are slipping into deeper into the past.

    Just as opponents to gay marriage are literally dying off, so are rigid race categories as younger, more open, more communicative and more racially-blended people come to the forefront.

    Well, those are just a few thoughts.  I'm optimistic about society in general, despite the ugliness of hateful people who still remain.

    "The law is meant to be my servant and not my master, still less my torturer and my murderer." -- James Baldwin. July 11, 1966.

    by YucatanMan on Mon Dec 10, 2012 at 02:03:18 PM PST

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