There are things about the Civil Conversations Project of which I am proud. I’m proud that we have readers from every corner of the country. It has recently come to my attention that we have a small community of expat readers in Ghana, and I’m proud of that. In corresponding with one of them, I asked if she would write about her and her husband’s motivations to move to Ghana… a pretty dramatic change, especially late in life, and a pretty dramatic statement about America’s Race Thing. She agreed. For reasons of comfort and privacy she asked that her name not be used.
Well THAT was fast! 😎
I hated this report. Because it makes me feel so ashamed . For a black American to feel this way and to leave their birth country because they "don't feel like a man" is a crushing defeat for what I expect our country to stand for. Ya, 404 years is a very long time. You say "the country and its citizenry aren’t serious about fixing the problem" That cant be right. A whole bunch of people in the USA are very smart. We have electric cars, Facebook, AI and a guy just got an eye transplant this week.It has to be something else. I can think of many reasons. But the one that I think we could start with that would really begin to help is RESPECT. [thank you Aretha!] Seriously, don't we try to teach that to our children as soon as they can understand the consequences? Just think, if any action toward another human had to have even a C- level of respect for who they are or what they said or did, just maybe all the cruelty and hatred would slow down and people would begin to TALK to each other and figure it out. I don't know. 404 years is a damn long time. I hope you two have a wonderful ,respectful life in your new country.