In light of the Imus crap and the Duke lacrosse fiasco I had an idea for a magazine. This is an excerpt from an email I sent a friend recently:
a magazine titled PC in which our crack staff of ethnically diverse reporters write stories informing "out races" about matters of "in races". So for instance we would have a black reporter get the inside story on how native born Asians pick their Americanized names when they come to the states and the struggle of deciding to go with an "American" name to begin with. Or Hispanics could interview white people about why many of us hold allegiances to the countries of our distant relatives despite never being there or even knowing people from there. The magazine would also include a series of racially insensitive jokes at the beginning of each issue as a way of informing our audience what to be offended by. I think this idea has legs.
And I really do.
Every time a racially charged event occurs, thousands of politicians, columnists, pundits and talking heads call for an "honest discussion of race in this country," and I don't even think they know what that means. I certainly don't, or didn't, until I had this idea. I mean a truly honest conversation about race in this country can only take place when we admit to ourselves that there are things about large portions of other races that we do not understand. Once we are informed about these matters we become far better equipped to interact with one another with civility and understanding.
Plus the magazine would be funny as hell.