Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Literary Racism

This article appeared in the Washington Post. It was results of a new poll among African Americans, Hispanics, and Asian Americans. It also added thoughts on how people of color see each other. I found it interesting because it reinforces themes that I try to develop in my work. People have actually said that stories around race is a "Post" issue. We are post-racism, post-multiculturalism. I would love for this to be the case. However, I work in AIDS, a disease that strikes some of the most vulnerable populations in our country and the world. Let's face it: I don't think we'd be here--millions of people dead of AIDS--if we listened and respected one minority--gays.
Something that the article did mention is that these groups believed that we should be willing to put aside our prejudices and work together.

Read it here.


Peter Varvel said...

As a kid, when our family lived in Japan, I had wondered if Japanese people were even aware of the existence of African American people.

When I returned to Japan as an adult, many Japanese thought Black men were frightening and dangerous, based on what they had learned from American media--not my proudest moment as a U.S. citizen.

Anonymous said...

Isn't the gay=aids a myth ? I can't believe that myth is still around ...

did you know that some people still think that discussing aids or homosexuality will encourage either of them ?

I found this in wikipedia by the way .. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aids

Cheryl said...

L.A. Weekly had some seriously depressing (yet interesting) articles on race in L.A. last week: http://www.laweekly.com/news/news/la-gangs-nine-miles-and-spreading/17861/ and http://www.laweekly.com/la-vida/a-considerable-town/the-slow-death-of-a-chocolate-city/17888/.