Tonight on MSNBC they will be airing a Documentary called “Meeting David Wilson”. It is the true story of two David Wilsons.
The first David Wilson is a 28-year-old man of African American descent who grew up in a rough area of Newark, New Jersey. David Wilson beat the odds and he managed to land a job in the news industry in New York City. I say, “beat the odds”, not because I think he managed this by sheer luck. I say this because I believe that even if an African American works hard to get to get a great job he is still, even in 2008, even in the United States of America, needs to work harder and smarted than a white man would to accomplish the same achievements.
The second David Wilson is from rural North Carolina. He is 62 years of age. He is white. His ancestors farmed tobacco in Caswell County. He does not farm tobacco. (I am glad to hear that. I look forward to the day when no one farms that wicked weed.) This David Wilson is in the restaurant business and runs a chain of BBQ restaurants.
These 2 men who share a name had never met, until recently. Then David Wilson age 28 living in New York City decided to do some research into his roots. The research showed, as is often the case with African American in America, that his ancestors were slaves. Further research lead him to discover the second David Wilson age 62, in North Carolina. Seems that the David in North Carolina is descended from the people who owned the other David’s ancestors.
After MSNBC airs “Meeting David Wilson” they will be airing a discussion on the documentary and race issues in America. NBC Anchor Brain Williams will anchor the 90-minute discussion, broadcasted from Howard University. There will be several prominent people speaking Rev. Deforest Soaries, a republican activist; Michael Dyson, a Georgetown University Professor; Tom Joyner, a radio talk show host; and Malaak Compton-Rock and entrepreneur and wife of comedian Chris Rock. I hope they let the audience participate as well.
I am looking forward to watching this show tonight. I have been fascinated with the recent discussions on race relations in America. I was delighted with Barack Obama’s speech on March 18, 2008 regarding Race relations in the United States. I think it is amazing the discussions that are beginning to take place.
So watch the show tonight. Cogitate on it. I look forward to the discussion.