By Steve Lynn
Commission member Catalina Liles said she would organize a white history month, but she withdrew her motion to do so Monday after criticism from people at the meeting and fellow commissioners.
Wood, who missed Monday's meeting because relatives were in town, didn't expect the commission to celebrate white history month.
"What made this country great is the melting pot," Wood said. "You either make a level playing field and honor everybody or honor nobody."
Wood doesn't think the city should "honor some of the citizens some of the time, but none of the citizens the other times," Wood said.
As one website put it:
Wood's colorblind argument is essentially racist. Why? Because it argues for maintaining the status quo, which is racist. Because Americans have devoted the vast majority of their historical studies and "honors" to whites. Even though the country was originally 100% nonwhite and is still 30% nonwhite.
If Wood wants a colorblind society...great. Let us know when 30% of the history textbooks, TV and movie roles, statues and monuments, comic books and cartoons, coins and stamps, etc. feature minorities. Until then, the country isn't colorblind. And you're deluding yourself with racist blinders if you believe otherwise.
For more on "white history," see White History Means "We Won." For more on the subject in general, see The Trouble with Stereotyping...and What to Do About It and Highlights of the US Report to the UN on Racism.
Below: "Colorblind" (white) casting in The Last Airbender.