I had a chance to sit down with professor Malcolm Gladwell, author of the bestselling book “Blacks for Obama,” for a conversation about race and social justice.
I was struck by his insistence that black people are still not welcome in America and that the country’s past racial injustice has to be fixed.
“What I’m saying is, there are a lot of things that were done before and there are still a lot that can be done, but there’s a lot more work that needs to be done,” Gladwell told me.
“I think it’s a really important message.
It’s not the time to look back and see where things went wrong, or how things could have been done better. “
The past is not the place to look.
It’s not the time to look back and see where things went wrong, or how things could have been done better.
We’re still not where we want to be, and I don’t think we should just accept that,” he added.
The message he is trying to impart to people of color is that racism is not a new thing and that it’s never going away.
“We have a long way to go before we can just get over our past.
The next 10, 20 years, I think we’re going to see a lot different ways of seeing things,” Gladwold told me when I spoke to him over the phone.
“So much of the progress that’s been made in our society, from slavery to civil rights, has been about changing people’s mindsets about where things should be and where they should be looking for progress.
So, I really think it would be great to move past our past and to see how we can do it in the future.”