As always, I appreciate your sincere, well thought and passionate response to our post. Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts and perspective with us, and our readers. While I agree with a number of the points you make, I am disappointed that you have chosen to extrapolate the content of what was presented, and what was intended, to reach some of your conclusions.
Cash, don't get me wrong. I'm not saying that I've never been exposed to racism or bigotry. No Hispanic in this country lives their life without some exposure to it. Realistically, though, it has been mild. Sure, I've been called "nigger" and "spic" on occassion. But, I can recall only one instance as a child when those words were uttered while being physically assailed (I still wear proudly, 28 years later, the scar on my forehead from that one incident) and one other occasion when a rock with a note, as vile as those hurled now by email in reverse, was thrown through our window. But those random occasions have been few and far between. Not only have they been random, but they've also been long past and mild in comparison to what we witness now.
For the most part, my experience as a minority has been uneventful and positive. I have never once felt impeded or hindered by my heritage or the color of my skin. I find it difficult to imagine that my perspective is unique although I do concede that my Anglo last name and, relatively, light complexion might be a factor. I am proud of my heritage, do not apologize for attending a university on a minority scholarship and intend to continue to speak from the perspective that racism and bigotry, in any direction, is an extreme, to be chastised, and not the norm to be accepted or feared.
I do not see the world through race colored glasses and struggle to understand those who do. For this reason and the relevancy to the Hoax, I find myself compelled to examine further the complexities of the blatant racism as expressed by individuals such as Mr. Johnson and community leaders in the context of the Hoax. I am aghast at the deception that has fueled the Hoax and firmly believe that, in no small part, the fears and preconceptions of segments within the Black community of Durham have been preyed upon. With this in mind, I fully intend to continue my examination of racism from the perspective of a minority who is offended by other minorities saddled by their own hatred, and those who seek to advantage themselves of such.
You may choose to argue against me in this regard, or you may decide to continue to offer direction and advice, or you may opt to join me in crossing this divide. Regardless of what you decide, my path remains firm. In any event, I do sincerely appreciate your response and will be pleased to make it available to our readers.