"Step'n is for everybody. If you can Step, you can Step."On thing that keeps my mostly Navy-centric DivThu posts going is that I can sense that we are on the cusp of something wonderful in this country - the cusp of climbing to a new plateau of race neutrality.
There are a few things getting in the way though. First thing is generational. The Boomers have the power in this nation - and their racial template was set circa 1973; the Room 222 mindset as I call it now and then.
Starting with the middle range of Gen X and younger, the racial mindset is completely different. Only time will fix that problem.
Another barrier is the Diversity Industry and its Diversity Bully commissariat. These people, like Al Gore and his carbon offset business, have a paycheck involved in keeping division and sectarianism frothing. They feed it, they need it. Shame, mocking, facts, and constant challenges by those who want progress in race relations - to regression to the 70's will fix that.
One of the hardest barriers to fix - one that will only fade in time as a result of strong cultural leadership and the courage by others to call it what it is - is the grudging acceptance of overt racism by minority groups.
Though they are the majority - you see it in Hawaii against non-Asians. In CONUS though, you have another example.
After days of controversy over a white group's win in a step competition, sponsor Coca-Cola said Thursday the second-place team will share top honors.If the races were switched and the competition was clogg'n - would there be a problem here?
Coca-Cola said in a statement that a review of the scoring from Saturday's national contest revealed a "scoring discrepancy" that it declined to explain. This is the first year of the Sprite Step Off, but step contests are typically dominated by black sororities and fraternities.
Step is a historically black art form of rhythmic stepping and clapping. A YouTube video of the winning performance by a group of Zeta Tau Alphas from the University of Arkansas generated hundreds of comments, some of them inflammatory.
Coca-Cola said Thursday the Alpha Kappa Alpha team from Indiana University, whose members are black, would share first place and would also receive the same $100,000 in scholarships that the Zeta Tau Alphas won.
"Because the scoring discrepancy cannot be resolved and due to the extremely narrow margin between the first and second place winning sororities," the company decided to declare co-winners, the company statement says.
Yes there would. But you see, we are still immature when it comes to being race-blind, as many in power still believe that some people are more equal than others. Certain arts belong to certain DNA groups. This kind of attitude will only be stopped until it is called what it is - racist.
Here is where there is hope. I want you to watch the below. The vast majority of the audience gets it - as does the Emcee. Watch to the end.
The loud and obnoxious retrogrades who have trouble moving closer to a color blind society got their pound of flesh from the spineless "everyone get a trophy, just don't call me a nasty name" people at Coke. Who needs Coke anyway? Everyone should be drinking RC Cola - or for my Maine contingent Moxie - anyway.
Good. It is in the public and cannot be defended openly in any logical manner. In the long run - that is good. Keep pushing, clogg'n and if need, step'n. It may take another generation, but we're getting there.