16 October 2012

On Being American

While some CW bloggers like to use certain black Americans as caricatures because they don't "fit" their interpretative perspective, I think it's more appropriate to celebrate that rich slice of American heritage:

In 1956, my black dad broke the color barrier to become a Baltimore firefighter.  The white firefighters at Engine 6 hated my dad.  Despite horrific conditions, Dad won Firefighter of the Year two times.  Dad won not because of lowered standards, affirmative action, or someone deciding that it was the black guy's turn.  Dad won because he was the best.  That was a time when America celebrated excellence.
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