Today should be a day of somber reflection and appreciation. Appreciation for how far our country has come, but a day of reflection as we still have a long way to go. America still sees the world through a colored lens, as we continue to see in news organisations commentaries as President Obama is constantly labeled as "black." Mainstream news loves to throw out those two main color labels: "white" and "black," and then sit back and wonder why the country is still polarized. So, although (pardon the pun) the "colorfulness" of the words we use to describe one another has died down over the years, we still love to label the opposite race. And now I feel it is being done in equal offenses on both sides. We still view each other by the color of our skin. It's not even an accurate color reference, as most "blacks" are more of a brown, or a mocha, so, yes, calling an African-American "black," is still racist, just as calling Caucasians as "white" is equally offensive. Although, this is much better than some of the slang that is still, incredibly, used by people today.
I bring all this up, of course, because it strikes a very specific tone in the book THE SAVANNAH SYNDROME (TSS). While I have only lived in a true "southern" state for less than a year, I can feel the racial tensions still present in a lot of areas. And it comes from both sides, tell me how many cross-looks I would get if I took a stroll through the strictly African-American parts of town as a "white" male. So, yes, when I thought about a future where America fell into a second Civil War as the setting in TSS, I believe the survivors would eventually be pulled to their polar ends and a race war would eventually ensue, without a Federal Government, or any government there to stop both sides from trying to kill each other. Basically, to show the world what would happen when words evolved to action. And I did decide to use the label "Black" as the racial slur being thrown around the most, because I really hate that we seem to have progressed back to this color label. While we have come a long way, we still have a long way to go, before everyone is viewed by what is under the surface, and not just the color that sits on top.