(This article appeared in the Daily Challenge newspaper - under 'Guest Editorial,' Wednesday, September 5, 2001 - but the import is so current, so 'on point,' I couldn't help re-'playing ' it!)
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Insanity is defined as the inability (unwillingness?) to deal with reality. We can understand society's unwillingness to deal with change; we might even be able to understand plain laziness and inertia, but when the evidence that the majority of people in this city is in-your-face mucho melanin, what is the excuse for not admitting the truth of the numbers?
One of the starkest illustrations of either colorblindness or perhaps they're sending "us" a message, is the article (front page, Monday August 27, 2001) by Erica Goode, writer for The New York Times. Would you believe her article had the word "minority" fifteen times? My college professor (English composition) at
Another illustration of color dissonance occurs regularly on WABC Channel 7 newscasts. One evening, on the five o'clock news, I counted seven "minorities" in the newscast! Are 'these people' trying to send us subliminal messages? What about the woman who used the term "majority-minority" (mimicking the former NYPD Police Commissioner, Bratton, who also used that phrase) on WBAI Radio Pacifica last week? DUH! Insanity reigns!
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And every time we hear or see those recalcitrant folk using that "M" word to describe us - we should send them the following admonition:
"You are invited to join the 21st Century!
STOP calling us People of Color - The world's Majority - 'minority!'
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