"The world is not a lodging-house at Brighton, which we are to leave because it is miserable. It is the fortress of our family, with the flag flying on the turret, and the more miserable it is the less we should leave it."
-G. K. Chesterton, Orthodoxy
This here blog is a glimpse or two or three at the condition of the 'fortress of our family' through the eyes Timothy Goddard, a Christian writer with an unhealthy interest in politics living in the Puget Sound area.
Race on the Web
Matt Rosenberg has a great post up on race in America. This is really a must read, as are many of Matt's thoughts on the subject of race.
Matt is particularly unabashed about discussing the plight of blacks in America, for which he deserves applause. He, along with others in the blogosphere, is one of the main reasons that the story on Bill Cosby's speech to the NAACP didn't die after the mainstream media ignored it. He and I discussed this a little a the blognic this weekend, and I noted how similar this was to the Trent Lott story a year and a half ago.
It's interesting that both of these stories--two of the best examples of how blogs can influence the major media by keeping a story alive after the media has ignored it--have to do with race. I don't think this is a coincidence.
On the web, you can't tell that I'm a skinny white red-head with glasses and an unkempt goatee. In real life, that's generally the first thing you notice about me. Likewise with everyone else. This makes, I think, bloggers more apt to discuss uncomfortable racial issues than anyone discussing things in real life. If not that, then it at least makes people more comfortable listening to them. This is, I think a good thing. In both the case of Cosby and Lott, good has already come from this willingness to discuss race, and I can't help but think that more good will come from it in the future.