Race ‘conversation’ an embarrassment of free speech

by William McGaughey

A recent letter from student Aaron Bingea concludes with this statement: âÄúLetâÄôs not fear the âÄòRâÄô word âĦ LetâÄôs talk about race.âÄù If we want to have a âÄúrealâÄù discussion of race, we need to talk with people of all races and perspectives, hopefully from a standpoint of mutual respect. I believe that such discussions have been entirely one-sided âÄî from the âÄúanti-racistâÄù perspective. White people, I believe, have gotten a bad rap. And such anti-white attitudes are most entrenched at institutions such as the University. I recently ran for mayor of Minneapolis on a platform which included discussion of race. An African-American friend and I (a white male) debated this subject on a Minneapolis public access cable television station. The result of all this was nothing âÄî silence followed by poor election results. Because we are not free to say what we think about race, few want to talk or even think about it. The whole subject is an embarrassment. I would be willing to express my point of view but find no conversation partners. William McGaughey, Daily reader