It would seem to me that one side of the argument is pushing for the word to disappear from political speech. People like Neal Boortz make the argument that changing our speech to reflect how we refer to minorities will not solve any problems. He basically says that the goal of this movement is to "solve all our race problems." He also says that moving from "negro" to "colored" did not solve our race problems, moving from "colored" to "black" did not solve our race problems, and using the politically-correct "African-American" term hasn't been so hot, either.
Neal, you can cram that argument up your ass. The point is to stop referring to any group as a minority based on the color of their skin. I could stretch this to cover all kinds of discriminatory classificaitons, but this argument is specifically aimed at the black/white issue, so I will keep it close. People need to tell Neal Boortz that it is because of people like him, those that see black people (or African-Americans, or hell, Mexican-Americans, Oriental-Americans -- any frickin' Americans) as different from white people are the reason why so many of our racial problems exist. Sure, black Americans can be just as much to blame for exlaiming that they are different, but then you wonder why they might think that? Could it be that that is what the majority of Americans have always told them their entire lives?
I realize that a majority of the population in the United States are white. I realize that a minority is black. I also realize that several other minorities are hispanic, oriental, etc. This does change who these people underneath that skin are. They are still people. Aside from their skin, they are no different than you, me, or anyone else. Skin color should not be an important factor in any discussion. Period. When any conversation is based on skin color, I tend to look the other way and disregard anything said, or I tend to take an argumentive approach such as this. Either way, I can have no respect for the arguments that we are different from one another because our skin color is different.
Once, in high school, I was sent to the principal's office for "incorrectly" bubbling in part of a test score sheet. Under racial or ethnic or whatever word this particular test used, rather than bubbling in the "white" bubble as I had been taught, I decided to bubble in "other." In the blank next to it, I wrote, "I'm human. Why does it matter?" My teacher walked past as I wrote this and felt it to be "inappropriate behavior" and because she had no jurisdiction to act over such a thing, she sent me, along with my score sheet, to the office.
I had never been the extroverted type in high school -- I hated that place -- but oh your god I must have been the happiest boy in the world when I found out that I was going to the office to "tell them exactly what you were thinking when you wrote that, young man!" Let's just say that my argument held up, and they could do nothing. They convinced me that that section of the test was purely for statistical purposes, and that I should fill in the bubble accurately so that my test be classified correctly. Rather than take the obvious way out and ask why it is so important that we be classified differently, I told Dr. Melnick (the principal), "well then let the statistics show that at least one student at Warner Robins High School does not care for the color of skin." She and the two assistant principals next to her just stood there for a moment, half-shocked, half-amazed, and she handed me my test and sent me back to class. My teacher was awe-struck when she saw my grinning face walk back through the door without changing my "incorrect" bubble. I win. :-)