When I was raised in this country, we were taught that it was a goal of our culture — melting-pot nirvana — to get to the point where race and gender didn’t matter. Well, we’ve finally created a medium where that’s possible. But now we’re trying to make race and gender matter again. How crazy is that? That is, to paraphrase my West Virginia father [you see, I’m hillbilly, actually], bassackwards.
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It’s the voice that matters. It’s the person that matters. It’s the message that matters. Not the race or the gender.
I don’t want to reduce these amazing people I’m meeting in this medium to a simplistic, one-dimensional definition.