Is race really a major problem in the United States? Dennis Prager’s shocking speech is a breath of fresh air. He thinks that the more we talk about race, the more we separate ourselves from each other. He is properly frightened by the more talk about race that there is in the public sphere.
Civil Rights in the 20th Century
Prager’s point may be valid today. But in the early stages of the 20th century, and certainly before that, there was a need for alot of talk about race. The Judeo-Christian morals that drove the founding fathers of the United States of America did not have enough moral courage to rid the colonies of slavery. On the contrary, it would take around 70 years until that issue was battled out in the Civil War.
However, black people most certainly were not equal citizens in almost any State for many decades afterwards. Quotas against Jews existed in many Universities. The big turning point happened post World War II. In World War II, black people served with distinction alongside white people. Many of the units were separate. However, the fact remains that the bravery of the black people in the War made an enormous impact on the leadership of the United States. Harry S. Truman pushed through the precursor to all of the Civil Rights legislation of the 50’s and 60’s. It was ironic that a farm boy from Missouri would be the leader of the change in the United States. Today, most credit Dr. Martin Luther King as the primary leader, and forget about President Truman’s contribution.
Today, racism is not a primary issue, nor should it be. It should be irrelevant in an age when the United States has already elected and reelected it’s first African American President. There has never been a less racist country in the history of the world than the United States of America.