New book’s perspective explores racial similarities rather than differences
By Lee A. Litas
Posted Tuesday, April 17, 2007
I’ve always been a fan of comedian George Carlin; particularly because of his bit dubbed the “Seven Dirty Words.”
To me, the point of that routine, aside from its intrinsic shock value, was simply that words are a means to an end, and in and of themselves not culprits.
For a reporter, words are currency; and as such, one dollar bill is arguably just as good another. In that routine, Carlin himself said, “There are no bad words, just bad thoughts and bad intentions.”
As recent events involving Mel Gibson, Michael Richards and Don Imus have shown, were they to have their druthers, many would say exactly what is on their minds.
But while Carlin toys with taking free speech to its extreme and others use it as a platform for racial slurs, political correctness has undeniably placed many restrictions on things we can say, even as an innocent inquiry.
Luckily, there is no shortage among us of those who eschew PC and tell it like it is.
Local businessman-cum-author, Kevin D. Moore, 43, of
His recently written book is called “Did You Ever Wonder Why Black People Do the Things They Do?”
Some might argue racism — until they learn that
“I prefer not to be called an African-American, or
even a black American for that matter. Just American,” said
Moore’s overseas experience, along with his work as a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve, chief information officer of the U.S. Military Entrance Processing Command (USMEPCOM), and president of his own motivational speaking and consulting company, has put him face-to-face with cultural differences — none the least of which has to do with his race.
“In my work, I do a lot of traveling and often
discuss cultural differences with my fellow travelers. Being open, I make
people comfortable enough with me to where they will start asking me questions
about things that they’ve observed stereotypically across the spectrum of black
He believes there to be many misconceptions about black culture still.
“Maybe it’s because (people) are afraid to ask
questions that may be viewed as offensive,” said
So in 95 pages, Moore addresses 18 questions and myths he believes to be the more pressing topics of the day, including “Wearing a Du-Rag,” “Can’t Swim or Float” and “Some Are So Well-Spoken.”
More selective memoir than a study in sociology,
The purpose of the book, says
“I believe that by understanding our differences, we
as a race — the human race — will grow closer,” wrote
Then borrowing an uncited paraphrase of a qute from Martin Luther King Jr., he added, “I hope that our sons and daughters will live in a world where they are judged not on the color of their skin but on the content of their character.”
“First of all, how would I find her address? And second, the probability of someone like that taking a look at someone like me has got to be pretty small,” he said.