Editorial: Harmony attainable for us all

May. 05, 2014 @ 11:52 PM

Sides are still strong when it comes to race in America. Recent news events are more than enough testament.

Middle ground continues to grow. When there is no longer middle ground, the sides having long been smoothed away, we will then be done with the race issue in our country.

While that day remains far away, we are closer. And we should remember that each time a teachable moment comes along.

Cliven Bundy is a Nevada cattle farmer. He’s been locked in dispute with the federal government for two decades. Some high-profile politicians were in his corner. But Bundy’s offensive, racist remarks led them to condemn a man they formerly supported.

Donald Sterling is the owner of the Los Angeles Clippers of the NBA. A taped conversation with his racist remarks has led to a lifetime ban from the pro basketball league.

Beating up on the two is easy. Solving their problem, which is also all of ours, is another matter.

And we need more of us looking to do that. Intelligence needs to be shared.

Watch and listen next Monday when the marchers go back into Raleigh protesting the General Assembly. If the chatter isn’t for solutions, it won’t matter what is said.

Rest assured, we’re not going back to the tension-filled days before the Civil Rights movement. Conflicts may happen, but it’ll be nothing like the 1950s and 1960s.

Nor are anywhere close to the finish line for civility among the races in our country. Better days are definitely ahead, despite those who would have us believe the direction isn’t going forward. But wobbling isn’t reversing.

Sterling not withstanding, even sports show a positive barometer.

More discussion of the most recent winning quarterback in the Super Bowl was about Russell Wilson’s height and ability rather than his skin color. And it has been 26 years since Doug Williams broke the barrier. Wake Forest hired a men’s basketball coach, and more discussion was on Danny Manning’s coaching ability than being the first black man in the job.

Fools can teach us all the time. But we shouldn’t wait for them to do so.

We’re smart enough to find ways to smooth the sides and grow the middle ground. Racial harmony is attainable if we want it.