I find questions on race to be both fascinating, and revealing. And, no, this is not intended to be some method of back-handed questions / thoughts which are little more than poorly veiled racism, themselves, but rather, simple statements and questions on race in our society. Here are a couple of thoughts on the matter, feel free to add your own. 1. Why is it the height of insults for a white person to do black-face (see Ted Danson), but not for a black person to do "white face"? Example: 2. I'd like to see the Freakonomics guys do a study on the incarceration rate in the U.S., particularly as it relates to black people only representing about 15 of the American population, but a staggering 70%+ of our prison population - by comparing it to large city data derived from parking tickets. By definition, a person who receives a parking citation for being absent from their motor vehicle. This means that no racial profiling could be possible, as the citing officer would be completely unaware of the owner's race (or gender, for that matter) when issuing the citation. What might it mean to learn that 90% of all parking tickets were issued to white people? Or, conversely, to blacks? Outside of racial profiling and a racist criminal justice system, how else might we explain that black people represented less than 70% of all parking tickets in a given city, in comparison to their rate of incarceration? There are about 1,000 ways to go with this, but those are my first questions on the matter. 3. Abraham Lincoln was a racist, and never set about to free the slaves. In fact, he stated in his first inaugural speech that if keeping slavery meant that the Union would be preserved, then he would support a constitutional amendment to that effect. He desired for all slaves to be repatriated back to their native lands, and even went so far as to attempt it in Central / South American (to calamitous results). Considering this, why does he remain to be such a revered and renowned leader amongst black people? And if it is just a measure of their not knowing these facts (most Americans don't likely know these things, regardless of race), do you think that their opinions would undergo any large change, if it became widely known? 4. Would President Obama have been elected were he not 1/2 black? Given his three years in office, would be be re-elected if he were white? 5. Is affirmative action racist? 6. In the movies "House Party 1 & 2", I always preferred Play, instead of Kid. Does that make me racist?