A Liberal, Getting Beyond Race

by Michael Potemra

The Progressive this month has a fascinating interview with film critic Roger Ebert. Ebert comes across as a pretty mainstream contemporary liberal (anti-Bush, anti-Rush, anti-war, etc.), so I was especially glad to see him say the following, about action-movie star Vin Diesel: “Vin Diesel has always refused to reveal his racial background because he says it’s nobody’s business . . . But Vin Diesel is multiracial in some way or another. And it hasn’t been the point of any role he’s played . . . And I think that’s good. We have to get beyond the idea that we have to categorize people.” Truer words were never spoken. It’s heartening that this attitude can prevail, even in today’s climate of race-mongering and race-baiting.