By Michael Henry Adams from Huffington Post
If the most important aspect of history is being able to go back in time to discover oneself, for the marginalized—for blacks, Latinos, gays, women and others—heretofore, such searching has usually been a relative challenge.
Speedily, the world changes. For the first time the United States selected a black man to become President.
Yet in the same election, in California, disproportionately, African Americans helped pass a ballot initiative meant to curtail the civil rights of fellow citizens.
They were not motivated solely out of mean-spiritedness or hate, any more than the Dutch capitalists of long ago who sold Africans into slavery. Neither were English pioneers displacing “Indians,” nor those Germans who facilitated the persecution of Jews always, inherently evil.
Provided the proper circumstances, indulging a widespread ignorance of each other or our irrational fear of difference, any and all of us might willingly act just as prejudicially.