I’ve been terrified to write these blog posts inspired by the PBS documentary Race 2012. I’ve been writing them to see what kind of a discussion I could generate here in Los Angeles, a place known for racial tensions and issues. But I haven’t really heard much of a peep. A few peeps.
I think maybe other people are just as frightened as I am.
Why does Race feel so scary to talk about? I’ve been really thinking about it and I have come up with a few things: that I don’t want to offend or hurt people’s feelings – and I don’t want to look stupid. And the biggest fear is that I might be called a Racist.
I was raised to be polite, to hold back – and certainly to do whatever it takes not to offend people. It may be a curse in the age of blogging, but it’s deeply ingrained in me.
Talking about Race makes me physically uncomfortable – and I can feel that in others, too. So mostly I avoid it.
But I couldn’t avoid it forever since my son came to me with questions. I wrote about my son and his questions about Race because it’s not going to disappear as an issue – and I want to find a way we can both navigate through.
The other aspect of discussions of Race – which they brought up nicely in the documentary is that we’re really also talking about Class. Another super comfortable topic of conversation.
Money is such an off-limits topic to most people this its really never discussed. I have a friend who says she’d rather tell me all about her husband’s private parts than tell me how much money they make.
I’d really rather not hear about either, to tell you the truth.
Race and Class are very, very touchy subjects – together especially. But I guess the more we keep them at arm’s length, the more they’re going to remain uncomfortable. My goal here is to get comfortable having the conversation.
And hopefully, have some brave souls join me.
Please check out the other bloggers who are bravely joining the discussion of Race – all listed here on Monica’s Tangled Web.
Sarah Auerswald is the CEO and co-Founder of MomsLA, a Community of the Top Mom Bloggers in Los Angeles and Orange County.