From Woodstock’s Richard Rostron
Is it time for racial, ethnic and gender redistribution?
Two young women of high school age were critiquing a local magazine published for women, and their approach was brutal.
It devolved to going page-by-page sarcastically counting the number of ‘people of color’:
“Oh, here’s one.”
Obviously, they felt that the underrepresentation of minorities in the magazine was indicative of terrible bigotry.
At one point, the one young woman did candidly acknowledge that the racial/ethnic content of the
magazine probably reflected the local demographics.
As the publication in question is paid advertising, front to back, this is certainly true.
McHenry County is 75% Caucasian, 15% Hispanic and approximately 1% each of Asians, Multiracial and Blacks. Native Americans make up 0.2% of our local population.
The second largest minority group (7.2%) is ethnically and racially “Unknown” (figures from Data USA).
It’s not a crime that the county is mostly white unless, of course, we twist ourselves around to look at it from the perspective of radical Leftist contortionists.
However, it is sad to watch two young women bashing a publication where they would presumably age into the target market, and waste their time counting how many ‘people of color’ are found within its pages.
This begs the question, should our media, of all kinds, demonstrate racial and ethnic equity even where none exists in the population that consumes the media.
Or, should we seek to create racial and ethnic parity in McHenry County. But then, what about other factors: religious, cultural, educational, political?
Does it make sense to do this redistribution solely on a local level; wouldn’t we have a responsibility to do so globally as well?
And what about gender equity?
In America, women make up approximately 50.8% of the population.
But, globally, they’ve slipped from 49.985% in 1960 to 49.556% in 2017 (according to The World Bank).
Well, we could look for volunteers for gender redefinition and, if there aren’t enough of them, we could draft some others.
Of course, that’s a dangerous place to go, too, considering that Google recognizes more than 60 genders.
It all gets rather complicated.
What isn’t complicated is the realization that the world doesn’t fit into a nice, neat package defined by counting the number of ‘people of color’ in a magazine.
So, why do young girls in Woodstock spend their time doing just that?
Could it have something to do with the Democrats who rallied in The Square outside a short time later?