Yesterday, we had a panel discussion entitled, “An honest conversation about race relations”. As I moderated, posed questions, and heard comments afterwards, I realized that these conversations are not completely “honest”. There are many who are afraid to express their opinions for fear of offending others, there are those who have opinions that they simply do not care to express, and there are those who say what they believe others want to hear. Whatever be the case, I know that these conversations must continue, for if we do not dialogue, there will be little chance of progress.
If an opinion is sincere, it is worth expressing and can be cathartic and illuminating for the one expressing it and those who hear it, respectively. But if it is simply meant to be derisive, divisive, hurtful or hateful, then it is not worth expressing. We live in a world full of so much strife and division; in order to make things better, we must realize that we are all in this together.