The United States of Amnesia: Conservation About Race, Truth and Reconciliation in America

Continued racial events have taken away the basic foundation of what our democracy stands for; life, liberty and the pursue of happiness, which is guaranteed to all who live in this promise land. The recent race based tragic events has only reminded us that there is need for a more constructive, and open dialogue on America's social cancer; RACE. This social cancer needs to be address in a very cautious but sensitive way in which all Americans can have a constructive meaningful dialogue but at the same time have a more proactive resolution. This dialogue must take place throughout all avenues of society, not only when a racial event stirs up racial hatred in our nation. This racial hatred leads to a racially sensitive nation in the short term and lost in the dialogue is the long term solution to America's problem that has been around for the last 300 years. Post racial America has been our foremost American dream with the elections of the nation's first African American president. The notion of leaving our racial hatred past of the 50's, and 60's have been always met with great expectations and optimism. This dream that America would transcend race and that racial attitude would undergo a fundamental change, despite this dream, it has not materialized in the 21st century.

Events in Ferguson, New York City, Baltimore and Charleston, SC have only reinforced the immense racial hatred and distrust in the African American community by white America. This dream that we are living in a post racial society where all are guarantee the benefits of our democracy has been lost in translation and dialogue about our continued racial reconciliation remains a silent debate unless another racial events stirs our nation's conscious.

The need for America to have a more constructive dialogue has not come to fruition for several factors, first, any discussion of race among white Americans illicit a very cautious and complicated reaction; many of whom often shy away from any constructive dialogue. Second, admitting we have a problem; a nation that is in denial and is sleepwalking will never wake up, and thirdly, many Americans refuse to acknowledge that racism is a societal problem which can be only resolved by having more open dialogue on race and discussion on diversity in America. Racial hatred continues to permeate our society in ways we don't even realize and it has continued to define who we are and what we stand for as nation that leads the free world and preaches democracy.

We as a nation must critically evaluate the the legacy of the Civil Rights movement, which primarily fought for the advancement of opportunities of African Americans, guaranteeing their constitutional rights, eradicating legalized and systematic racism in Jim Crow south but more so making America a more racially tolerant society. Have we forgotten this dream? Have we forgotten the message of hope, the foundations of our democracy? Are we as a nation suffering from amnesia? It's time to wake up reflect our wrongdoing, social ills and make a conscious effort to move forward as a country and as a people despite what color we are.

America is still two nations: one white and one black. Only conservations about the truth, the need for reconciliation and America's acknowledgment of its wrong doing can lead to a more tolerant society where the American dream can be enjoyed by all.