Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Something Positive, For A Change
So, I tried it again today, with one of my student aides, and his reaction was the same. So what was so excellent?
Witness, I am in the college's cafeteria, having purchased my food and waiting for others to join me. I scan the crowd, and a smile slowly spreads over my face. It is packed in the cafeteria, not surprisingly as it is lunch. And, for the most part, I am struck by what a good-looking group of kids there are in the crowd. And I also notice that this handsome crowd has practically every nationality and ethnic group represented - African-Americans, Asian-Americans, Hispanics, Whites, you name it.
But that's not what I'm smiling about. What I'm smiling about is the fact that they are intermingled at every table.
You see, when I was a kid, you would see the same representative diversity - but they would all be segregated at their own tables. Blacks would be at a black table. Asians at their table, etc. And that was a mere thirty years ago or so.
But these kids, they are all... well, they are looking mighty American. What America is supposed to be.
And that's what I observed, what I liked, what I commented on.
It makes me hopeful. It makes me optimistic. It makes me think that it is a very, very good start.
Maybe our country is finally growing up.
One can hope.