Those of you who were familiar with me prior to start of this blog probably know me from various blogs (which shall not be named) dealing with the subject of race, primarily, or as one of their regular subjects. Well, my days on such blogs are over — I am leaving the race blogs for good. Why am I waving goodbye to the blogs which I’ve participated on a regular basis for the past couple of years? The decision has been a long time coming, but here are some of the major factors in reaching this conclusion:
1. Race blogs provide a skewed view of the importance of race in life
Before my “racial awakening” a few years ago, the concept of race had very little conscious impact on my life. My upbringing could best be described as “raceless” as my parents and immediate environment placed no significance on identifying with a particular race or understanding the world through a racialized lens. I was encouraged to find and be myself, as unique individual. And while I am thankful for certain circumstances bringing the racial dynamics of American society to the foreground of my mind, too much of a good thing is never good. The overemphasis on race in an often negative way gives a person a lopsided viewpoint regarding what they should concern themselves with in life and exactly how important the idea of race is in how they are viewed by others.
2. Most anti-racist blogs fail to address intraracial discrimination
As with all groups, the people who own and frequent anti-racist blogs have their boundaries and ways of dealing with those who cross those boundaries. One such boundary is intraracial discrimination. While this topic is addressed occasionally, by and large, commenters are expected to address white racism and attribute all problems between non-whites to white racism. My mind rejects this attitude because I’ve seen that racism is not just a white-on-others issue — racism can never be eliminated unless and until intraracial issues are discussed in the open and as often as white racism, without a person risking being shunned if they mention it.
3. The race blogs are becoming increasingly pessimistic and losing perspective.
As various blogs have merged in readership, their content has become more unconstructive and narrow in scope. A glance through such blogs will leave one with a feeling that American society is hopelessly and unchangeably racist, and unless a person is of the “chosen” race(s) (and often, gender), their ultimate lot in life is restricted by the overarching sentiments held of their group by society. Again, my mind rejects these sorts of thoughts – I believe that, even if obstacles present themselves, the individual is the final judge of their fate. Despite my supposed misfortune of being born black and female, I’ve never been deprived of my needs or desires in life. I believe my assuming that I was not limited in life helped tremendously, and ironically, in not limiting me in life.
Finally, I am at another turning point in my life where I feel that it is time to move on to other issues. While I may address racism on this blog, my main focus will be in other areas.