The celebrated racial "melting pot" that is America is not enough for some people. Instead, they seem to find the realities of race too daunting to dare face with accuracy and care. Even today, decades after Mickey Rooney's ill-advised and horribly stereotypical turn as Mr. Yunioshi in Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961), there remains a real problem with the accurate portrayal of race in America as applies to real individuals.
The day I first noticed that the preceding existed as something wrong in our nation directly relates to the most tragic day in modern American history: September 11th, 2001. The horrific events of that day shaped the America in which we live today, yet amidst the televised images of Islamic terror in America came the image of Americans emerging from tragedy to raise Old Glory within the pit of destruction that was the World Trade Center. Three men, all white, took a moment to express what all Americans felt that day, that we would stand strong as a nation and defy those who would bring terror to our shores. It was a moment of resistance frozen forever in time, preserved for the ages thanks to nearby photographers. Why, then, did the proposed statue of the firemen present them as black, Latino, and white? Was the photo not clear enough? Did the sculptor wear sunglasses while preparing? Was there some valid reason why the races of the firefighters were to be changed in the artwork? The sad answer is "no," for satisfying the nebulous requirements of the "politically correct" push for multiculturalism does not constitute a true rationale.
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