Beyond FACE VALUE: The Price of “Painting with a Broad Brush”
“The problem with old…stereotypes,” Spencer writes, “is not what African-Americans are expected to be, but what…they’re not expected to be: Doctors, lawyers, and architects.
“DeBerry screwed up by painting with a broad brush. (His) trouble stemmed from the root of all racism: limits.”
Spencer adds that he’s wondered whether a similar uproar would erupt if a black head coach were to make a statement identical to Berry’s. “But few black coaches would make the mistake of publicly equating race with physical prowess,” he concludes. “They know from experience, usually painful experience, that the comparison inevitably leads to an assumption of brawn over brain.”
Let’s all stop “painting with a broad brush” and consider instead the individual strengths of those around us. Maybe then regrettable, hurtful comments like DeBerry’s not only will become less common, but will cease to exist.