"People have been calling for national dialogues and conversations for decades. It usually works something like this: Liberals say we need a frank discussion about race (or class or gender) in this country, and then they proceed to bludgeon any conservative stupid enough to take them up on their offer." -- Jonah Goldberg
Everyone always says that they want a national dialogue about race, but what they really seem to want is a national lecture where a liberal mouths politically correct platitudes -- and everyone else is welcome to either nod along or shut up out of fear that they'll be called a racist for daring to have an opinion contrary to left-wing doctrine. But, that's the great thing about being a professional blogger: you can tell Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, Barack Obama, the NAACP and the rest of the professional grievance hustlers to pre-emptively kiss your behind because you don't have a boss, you don't have shareholders, and you know that they think you're a racist any way just because you're a conservative. So, that being said, let me say a few things that people all across America have been thinking for a long time, but are afraid to say publicly.
Most white Americans are not racists: I grew up in a small town in North Carolina and I've had the opportunity to talk to everyone from business executives to redneck country boys and the honest-to-God truth is that most white Americans are not racists. They don't look down on black Americans, pre-judge black Americans because they're black, or even look at most issues through a racial lens. That's not to say that there aren't any racists out there, because unfortunately, there are people with those sort of backwards attitudes. But happily, they are in the minority and I'd even go so far as to say that they are a tiny minority amongst the people who came of age after the sixties.