A blog focusing on politics in Central Illinois.

Wednesday, March 02, 2005

Echoed

But we can't duck the fact that Matt Hale is a creation of central Illinois as a whole. He learned his racism in the schools he attended and the home in which he grew up. As society grew up and matured, expressions of overt racism grew out of favor, and the socially polite opinion to express was one of tolerance. Hale never got the message. He remained trapped in an old way of thinking, a way that the majority of his white neighbors had for the most part rejected. But I can assure you that most of the white people who heard Hale's nonsense kept their mouths shut and walked away. Few Peorians would have bothered to confront him. We're not a confrontational people. We have our notions of propriety. We tend to not seek out confrontation. Perhaps if the more of the majority of good people here had bothered to take a stand when encountering overt racism, some of that might have rubbed off on a young Matt Hale. It wouldn't have made him into a great civil libertarian, but it might have deprived the World Church of the Creator its leader.

From Peoria Pundit.

How many times have we knowingly witnessed or heard something racist, in an effort to be polite or not make ripples, we've ignored it or pretended to laugh along with everyone else. Unless you are willing to speak out when you see or hear hate displayed, then aren't you just as much an enabler of racism as any follower of it? I would like to think Decatur is a great utopia of racial harmony, but alas it's not. We still live in two seperate worlds here. A white world, and a black world, with a smattering in between that we refer to as a cross section. How many times have you awoken to read the paper or watch the news to see the latest outburst of violence in Decatur, and not have to worry its about someone you know, or someplace you know. I couldn't help but notice in the Herald & Review on Sunday the pictures of the 2005 Illinois State Scholars in Decatur, all but one were white. We have a far way to go before we reached the promised land of equality in Decatur, but a start is to speak out for what is right.