Apr 13, 2008

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If you watched this show during its original airing or you watched it here for the first time please feel free to discuss how you feel about the show. Do you think this is a step in the right direction to get an honest conversation about race? What additional steps do you think we need to take in order to ensure this conversation keeps going?


  1. Whether it's this conversation about race or the recent Compassion Forum in which candidates discussed faith, the interesting thing about this election cycle is: People are interested. People are engaged. People want to be involved. Now, it's a matter of keeping the interest going into November and beyond. How do we do that? By helping people realize they really do count.

    When people feel they count, then they participate. I was in the line at the grocery store several weeks ago and two young, blingged out black guys in their early 20s were discussing, you guessed it, politics! These young men, with their low-riding jeans and loud talk, were talking about Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton!

    Now, that, to me, is engagement. And that's a conversation of race.

  2. I agree with Monica. And I do believe it is one of many steps in the right direction.

  3. Great comment and reply. Personally, I thought this was an excellent impetus for getting a conversation started. For me however, the conversation about race is more than the black-white issue we saw addressed tonight. It delves far deeper than that. Yes, the “Conversation About Race” has addressed issues like why we feel it is OK for us to live and worship in segregation. More often than not, we are segregated in our places of work too; which brings me to another point. I personally can see myself sitting where David the filmmaker sat today this time next year, but my topic will take the conversation about race into our various places of employment. Why is it that in 2008 we, African Americans, are still grappling with the inability to penetrate the boardrooms and executive suites of corporate America with any massive force? We are well educated, knowledgeable people. Look at the way Profs. Dickey and Carr expressed themselves. I didn’t hear them stutter or see them struggling with their thoughts. Neither did Mrs. Rock, but how many people, who look like her, do we see running major American corporations or for that matter even sitting in their boardrooms? We spend all of our income with these conglomerates yet we have little to no representation in them. My conversation about race wants to look into this aspect of today’s corporation and I need your assistance to do so. If you are or know of an African American female who has either broken through the invisible barrier we’ve come to term “the glass ceiling” or if you are or know of an African American female who is attempting to break through “the glass ceiling” with little or no success, please e-mail their contact information or ask them to e-mail me at ydn1503@aol.com. I am about to embark upon a qualitative study on African American women and the concept of the glass ceiling that they might possibly be interested in participating in. Meanwhile, let’s all remember to keep the conversation going. If we do, maybe one day soon we will achieve the intended goal…


  4. When it comes to conversations about "race" I wonder this: Does anyone blame the current generation of Germans for the actions of the Nazis and their ilke throughout Europe for the pogroms against non-Ayrians during the years of 1939 - 1945? I'm no longer apologizing for being Causian, Celtic-Franco American or European American. I'm just an American who enjoys the diversity of our/my American Culture. Enough with the race talk. Let's solve world hungry. Not that's an issue many Americans do not talk about.