Separate But Equal

two-conesTake a look at that picture. What do you see?

No, it’s not some trick question. What is it a picture of?

Two ice cream cones. Equal in size, equal in quality, most likely equal in price. And, unless you have some particular aversion to one of both of the two most common and popular ice cream flavors, they are equally tasty.

But they aren’t the same.

We don’t always treat them the same. Some people hate chocolate or find it too rich. Some people hate vanilla or think it too bland. Neither is better than the other but for some, the difference is so great in their minds that they would rather toss one of those cones into the garbage before giving it any kind of chance.

If it isn’t clear yet, I’m talking about black and white. Caucasian and African-American. It could be Muslim and Jew, I suppose, or Irish Catholic and Irish Protestant. But it isn’t. It’s race that’s on my mind, and race relations, and fucked-up attitudes by certain people who share my general level of melanin that has got me stewing a bit.

I have more to say, and I’ll be saying it within the next couple days. But I don’t have the time right now, so this will just be a light, throwaway post for now. A teaser. A placeholder so that Monday won’t be an empty day.

Catch you again soon.

10 Responses to “Separate But Equal”

  1. March 17, 2009 at 12:00 am

    Geez and here I thought the dark one was bigger. You know us whities and the size thing. 😉

  2. 2 Deacon Blue
    March 17, 2009 at 12:14 am

    I can neither confirm nor deny that rumor. Partly because my wife has never informed me if there is a trend vis-a-vis the races down there. Mostly because I don’t really get much of a kick looking at my own junk, and I DEFINITELY don’t look at the other guys’ in the locker room.

    That being said, the chocolate scoop up above IS standing just a wee bit more ere…um, straighter.

  3. March 17, 2009 at 12:50 am

    i prefer vanilla chocolate twist with rainbow sprinkles. LOTS of rainbow sprinkles. when i was pregnant, i used to get a double cone of v-c twist with sprinkles.

    i wonder what that says about me….

  4. 4 Deacon Blue
    March 17, 2009 at 12:53 am

    I don’t know if it says anything at all, but my 3-year-old girl would heartily approve of the heavy use of rainbow sprinkles. She eats those things straight up, no chaser. 🙂

  5. March 17, 2009 at 3:41 pm

    I like vanilla.

    The self-hate is strong in me.

  6. 6 Deacon Blue
    March 17, 2009 at 4:00 pm

    No, Big Man, the leftover vibes from all those “United Colors of Benneton” ads are still floating around and infecting our minds. 😉

    I like vanilla too. But I like my coffee black. It all balances out somewhere.

  7. March 18, 2009 at 9:10 am

    The difference between ice cream and people is that those cones are chocolate and vanilla all the way through. But if you scratch the surface of a human, everyone bleeds the same color.

    Just a thought…

  8. 8 Deacon Blue
    March 18, 2009 at 9:43 am

    Also, people can last a lot longer under the summer sun.

    Seriously, though, your comment is well taken and true. Problem is, of course, that people who hate don’t want to scratch the surface. They simply want to wound people (metaphorically or literally) and let the blood pour out, and by that point, they don’t care what the color is.

  9. 9 an everybody kind of girl
    April 8, 2009 at 8:09 pm

    in my opinion i believe that people looked at each other as they see old black and white movies……. some people just look at it and say that they don’t like it just because it is in black and while others will wait for the context of the movie to show and judge it then……. but people are lazy and don’t feel like waiting the two hours for the movie to finish so they pretty much just go by what they think it is going to be like just like back then…… people just looked and thought “oh they are not the same color skinned as me, so they must be completly different” while in my opinion everyone is the some no matter what their shelol is….. you just have to wait and soee because for all you know you could be missing out on something great….

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