I am moving in a different direction: forward. And I don’t see the need in talking about the past if that is not where I am headed. Such a conversation does not provide me with directions.
I know the history; I have a library of books, conversations and experiences to prove it. I don’t need to be reminded. No alarm clock required. I simply cannot change, I will not transform apart from discussions of what can be, what should be, what will be.
I am aware and I am not interested even in the present. I know what people are doing and will continue to do. That is, unless we step out of this time, create and introduce a new reality.
So, I want to talk about the time to come, the time that is yet to be and the future of race. I want to talk about what will be said of us apart from race and I want to begin the conversation now.
To be clear, a conversation about the social construct of race is one about the future of our self- understanding and awareness as human beings. Away with the cyclical arguments that don’t bring us full circle. I mean, what is the point of a mind if I am not going to use it? Frankly, thinking what has been thought before is not to be confused with using one’s mind. Recycling is not invention.
I want a new thought. I want to consider the possibilities of racelessness. I should warn you. It does not fit the small- minded. No, this requires big thoughts and more than elbow room.
I’m going to need more space and it can not be confined to a stereotypical geographical location. I am going to need more people and not those that prejudice would pick for me. I am going to need a larger table and more chairs.
The seating capacity of my mind must be increased. It is not for members only or those thoughts that resemble each other. And no race cards apply here. I don’t have a membership discount or a rewards program.
I want to think deeply about my humanity and that of my neighbors. I want to consider a new life, an abundant life with words never considered. I want my thinking to be fruitful and the word post- racial comes to mind often. I want to think it more and more since so many persons are against the very thought of it. I want to see where the word leads because I know the broad way that race wants me to take.
But, I don’t believe that we have considered who we are if we remain in these social categories. I don’t trust that we have examined who we are if we are too afraid to pull back the covers, the layers of race. I don’t think that we have seen ourselves at all. Albert Einstein said, “Few are those who see with their own eyes and feel with their own hearts.”
When we are able to consider life, to think about ourselves apart from the thoughts of others, well, now you’re thinking.