There are No Transparent People

In the speech he used to fire radio "shock jock" Don Imus (looks like the shock is going the other way) CBS President and Chief Executive Officer Leslie Moonves said the following:

There has been much discussion of the effect language like this has on our young people, particularly young women of color trying to make their way in this society…That consideration has weighed most heavily on our minds as we made our decision.

Although I found Imus’ characterisation of Rutgers’ women’s basketball team as offensive as many (for different reasons,) Moonves’ phrase "women of colour" riles me up just about as badly.

Why?  As a black friend said long ago, "nobody’s clear.  Everybody’s coloured something."  Back in those days black people were referred to as "coloured," which they found offensive, and justifiably so.  So we had to quit saying that. Now people routinely refer to non-white people as "people of colour," which is ridiculous.  The human race is not a simple matter of black and white, but were created by God to be a continuum, mixable because we are one human family and can procreate interacially.

But there’s another angle to this: there are no transparent people, either racially or any other way.  People are complex, with all kinds of internal contradictions.  That’s why our society today, which strips people of their privacy, is so corrosive to the human spirit.  That also underscores our need for a Saviour who doesn’t accept us for what we do or what we are but what he did for us.

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