Joe Wayne Cole 
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Re: “Colorado College reaches uneasy pause after 'blackface' controversy

Wow, I found your story of your life to be quite enlightening. My answers to the questions listed are not coming from a textbook source but from within. So take them for what they are worth.

How has black society formed its identity? In part from its history, personal dealings, issues as well as societal pressures and movements aimed toward gaining acceptance, respect and a demand to be recognized as people let alone as equal by being extraordinary, to not be seen as merely ordinary.

What role models have been used, and how does white society react to positive black role models today? (Are they held to a more critical prism??)

We have a continuum of role models from the meek and perceived as mild to the radical and white society reacts either favorably or negatively based upon their level of guilt, consciousness or their perceived level of threat depending on the views stated by our particular role models. We see it in the contrast between Sharpton and Obama, King and Malcolm X, Du Bois and Booker T. Washington. white Society has always been able to swallow the pill of the less blunt and forward role model in accepting the truth regarding race and its many issues. Denzel Washington is seen as positive however he is not as controversial as Juan Williams who will go political whether it be politically correct or not on issues

Is there enough information readily available for black people to easily form a positive racial identity? Yes, if not in our own families through records of Black history, in just our survival as black people from what we have endured, survived from and how we have excelled through out generations despite conditions, circumstances and issues. Our legacy is in the strength of our people. Observations of positive racial identity can start from what you see in your parents, aunts, uncles, grandparents, community leaders and everyday black people who refuse to give up or give in despite societal ills.

Is it important that black society is able to connect accurately the dots of its social evolution in America? and is it also important that white society can connect those same dots?? Yes, and yes! It is also important that we can connect the dots of each others societal evolution because like it or not the truth is we are combined in theirs and they in ours.

What is White Privilege? Access to anything primarily on whiteness, on unmerited favor and on built in inclusion systems that exclude others on the basis of Whiteness.

What is White awareness? Awareness of the above, knowing one is entitled to any and everything based upon their degree of Whiteness.

What is Whiteness? A perceived level of superiority or conscious state of mind fof Europeans and those who seek to maintain the status of independence and indifference from anything unlike them.

What about Affirmative Action? It is only necessary to enforce what has been broken in treaties, not followed in the constitution and laws. It is an attempt to maintain a level playing field in a system that strives to be unlevel for all.

Is” Race” a social construct? Yes, because it is man made, devised and constructed within society.

How do we improve our society in America? Improve our level of consciousness, our communication, level of understanding, level of interaction, education of cultures through immersion in getting to know and be in the mist of one another.

Is there any other way(besides the attrition of the old guard) to achieve this?? Through the Almighty:).

Posted by Joe Wayne Cole on 09/12/2011 at 5:01 PM

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