“There is no sin so great as ignorance. Remember this.” So wrote Rudyard Kipling in his book “Kim.” And, of course, ironically, it is a quote from the Old Testament. In light of all the nonsense flying around, this wonderful blog post by Kei Miller resonated deeply with me. Sins should be forgivable, and I do believe yesterday’s ignorance is more forgivable than today’s. Do read and enjoy, but one word to dear Mr. Miller: perhaps you should spend less time on Facebook. Those awful “philosophical” discussions, rants and outbursts of sheer ignorance have a terrible psychological effect after a while. In other words, they make your brain hurt.
1. Yesterday’s Ignorance
My paternal great-grandmothers were ignorant women – one more so than the other. They did not mean to be. They were products of their time. One of them – Aunt May was what they called her – was disappointed in the woman my father chose to marry. In fact, Aunt May was disappointed in the marital choices of all her grandsons. My father and his brothers married black women. It wasn’t that my father and his brothers weren’t black. And it wasn’t that Aunt May wasn’t black herself. At best, she was light-skinned. But she was also ambitious and she believed that the way to advance was to marry up – to marry someone of a lighter shade. A woman who had raised her two boys in Cuba until her husband took off for New York, Aunt May returned to Jamaica, a bitter and trifling woman. She…
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