What’s Wrong With This Picture?

whats-wrong.jpg Source: Washington Post
It is probably in response to journalist Kenneth Eng’s infamous article “Why I Hate Blacks” in AsianWeek that Justin Britt-Gibson wrote “What’s Wrong With This Picture? – Race Isn’t a Factor When My Generation Chooses Friends” for the Washington Post. It is a very well written article. Here are some excerpts (emphasis mine),

Millennials’ [post-Gen X generation] cross-cultural tastes don’t just affect how we dress or wear our hair; they influence our romantic choices. In my case, it isn’t about seeking the most exotic woman. It’s about liking whom I like — black, brown, white or yellow. Dating outside the bounds of our own ethnicity is fairly common among people my age, as indicated by a 2005 Gallup poll finding that about 60 percent of 18- to 29-year-olds say they have dated outside their race. The general consensus among my diverse body of friends is: Who cares?

For the record, I’ve dated black women and expect to date more of them. My high school sweetheart happened to be Korean; I don’t recall ever being criticized for our relationship, perhaps because so many other kids had similar ones. Reactions were equally blas? to cross-cultural relationships I had in college and beyond. In fact, the only disapproval I’ve noted when I’m with a woman who isn’t black has been from black women.

[…] Although popular, multiethnic TV shows such as “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Heroes” and “Lost” reflect our nation’s and world’s ever-increasing diversity, the most powerful force for bringing diversity into American homes is the Internet. Web sites such as MySpace, Friendster and Facebook have created multicultural and ethnic social networks that have made it possible to connect with and befriend people from a universe of cultures just a click away.

The recent uproar over journalist Kenneth Eng’s infamous article “Why I Hate Blacks” in AsianWeek showed that some Millennials — Eng is 23 — aren’t there yet. Eng’s abusive grocery list of reasons why people should continue to “discriminate against blacks” was outrageous — and instructive. My initial reaction wasn’t anger but pity for the author, who probably constructed his hateful assumptions based on his negative encounters with African Americans. His article, however wrongheaded, was like this one — observations drawn from scenes of his own unique experiences.

As strongly as I disagree with his statements, I have no problem with him freely speaking his mind. Everyone in this country has a right to be heard. It’s his opinion. Considering how many real advances Americans have made when it comes to tolerance, I have to say:

No big deal.

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