Posts Tagged ‘Black’
Is everything attributable to racism? Another one of those “just get over it” type questions.
As the “story” of Trayvon Martin spreads, I doubt we can/will ever know the Truth. And who believes a solution will be found that will satisfy ALL interested parties? But that doesn’t stop people from reposting, re-tweeting and otherwise spreading information, whether it’s true or not.
I’m very concerned because it’s mostly NOT about keeping the story alive; and now, I keep seeing talk of an impending race war/race riots. Conditions are ripe: longstanding buried racial tension, economic frustration, rampant political partisanship and lack of civil discourse coupled with inflammatory reporting by the media. And don’t think it can’t happen because there are plenty of unstable people who would love nothing more than for the country to be (further) destabilized by interracial violence.
The main problem with this (besides the obvious) is just like a drive-by shooting, it’s rarely the fringe types who are affected when something happens. And what if you did get word of a race war, what would you do? Who could you trust? Where would you turn for day-to-day updates? As my mother is fond of saying as a proof: “It was on the news AND the internet.” While the part about the news may have meant something many, many years ago; you also can’t totally rely on the Internet. We never see the retractions, corrections or apologies for disseminating information that could easily have been fact checked – and the damage is done.
I’m reminded of the old War of the Worlds scenario where a panic was caused based on a radio drama–because the people were already living in a heightened state of anxiety. WE are there. And with technology the way it is, isn’t this so much more likely today?
I guess we’re just going to have to trust each other, in the inherent good in the majority of people and stop giving into the worst/basest instincts in each of us. If you agree, PLEASE spread THIS message and don’t be afraid to call out the crap when and where you see it – even/especially from a person that looks like YOU.
The great thing about a good post is the ability to repost – enjoy:
When I was a child I spoke, thought and reasoned like a child but when I grew up I put away childish things. 1 Cor. 13:11. When YourBlackfriend was a youth, in the years before the first celebration of Dr. King’s birthday, there was a lot of opposition to the creation of a national holiday. Part of the opposition argument was the potential cost to tax payers, singling him out above other persons and his controversial career (but we can celebrate Columbus Day?). Of course another great part of the opposition was singularly focused on his minority status as a Black man. And once the holiday was pushed through I, like many, was glad for the possibility of a day off– nothing more. But worse than that I had bought into the idea that this was somehow a holiday for Black people.
Today it’s hard to imagine people getting caught up on those things if you understand that Dr. King was a humanitarian. This means that while his primary work appeared to be centered on civil rights for Blacks, his overall goal was the improvement of conditions for ALL mankind. The only way this doesn’t apply to YOU is if you’re not human…and maybe not even then. [It seems to me Dr. King would hold the Navi lifestyle in high regard.] Nevertheless, I know that there are those who still have a problem with this Holiday.
To you I say that it’s true that as a youth I only understood Dr. King intellectually. But older, wiser and more educated, I now understand the connectedness of ALL mankind and appreciate the impact and meaning of his legacy. Simply put, we rise or fall together. This is clear in the age of globalization and poignantly highlighted by the current plight of Haitians. They and others are OUR problem. It is high time to put away childish thoughts, reasoning and petty squabbling; we pay tribute to a higher level of consciousness when we do.
Enjoy this day of remembrance but know that beyond this day, any hope for a better world depends on an ONGOING ingrained sense of duty and obligation to work towards fairness and equality for all peoples. You are your brother’s keeper and “We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools.” Martin Luther King, Jr.
Your Black friend answers many questions but today has one of her own.
Has “the Man” successfully turned us against ourselves? I mean we have to blame somebody right? The deck is indeed stacked but each generation that preceded us intended that we progress/benefit from their trials. And given all the bloodshed, pain and anguish suffered so that WE might have an opportunity – this is the outcome?
What I see manifested is outwardly directed rage and self-loathing – I don’t know how else to describe it. Black on Black crime, burning and looting our own communities (this I will NEVER understand), an obesity epidemic, HIV/AIDS rates to rival Africa, disdain for education, the popularity of “entertainment” that disparages our rich cultural heritage…shall I continue? And please don’t tell me things aren’t ALL bad – they are bad enough. So bad that we cannot afford to ignore the truth. But first we must be honest with ourselves.
Intra-racism (within the race) is rampant and a leading cause of our dysfunction. Many of us are turned against each other ala Willie Lynch: dark v. light, old v. young, women v. men and add to that the class issue. Yes I understand some of you feel above the fray because you have more money/education – I got mine now go get yours. But as you well know we are ALL painted with the same broad brush. The war against “those” Blacks includes you and your family (even if you don’t claim them) and is coming to your town. Even as you seek to distance yourself you will not be spared the stigma if nothing else. Ask Obama.
Since we’re afraid to even speak of the ills in our community how can we hope to fix them? They’re obvious to any and everyone who is paying attention and/or profiting from our self-destruction. And if someone (in-house) dares to speak the truth (Bill Cosby), no matter if you like how he said it, they get cut off at the knees. And God forbid a non-Black person raise the issue.
We are choking on denial and the stench of our dirty laundry all the while accusing, blaming, crabbing and waiting for THEM to right the wrongs. It ain’t gonna happen. America is all about WIIFM (what’s in it for me?) and until the majority of people realize a humanitarian approach benefits everybody, WE should not expect help where none is forthcoming. Yes it may be the right thing to do but charity begins at home. I begin my part by not deceiving myself and pretending things will naturally sort themselves out. They will not. I still believe WE (not some non-invested pastor, politician or media commentator etc.) can turn the tide.
WE are the ones we have been waiting for.
Recommended reading: Post-Traumatic Slave Syndrome by Joy Degruy Leary
On the heels of Obama’s troop escalation, more and more, things seem much the same. And although you would never know it through the MSM (mainstream media) there are a great number of disgruntled (former?) supporters, Black and non-Black. Depending on whom you ask, he’s either too focused on Black people or not nearly enough. But when it comes to striking the appropriate racial balance, the man never stood a chance. Good thing he wasn’t elected for that purpose.
Nevertheless, one year out, there’s an upside to Obama’s “poor performance”. Once again, there’s something those folks can agree on and rally around…their disappointment. Turns out he may not be the candidate he campaigned as and they voted for. Go figure…he’s a politician. But, if you voted for him (or not) and so far you’re not happy you have every right to give him a hard time. And don’t let anyone convince you otherwise. That’s what Democracy is supposed to be: government of the people, by the people, for the people. So get out there in your INTERRACIAL dissenting groups and let your unified voice be heard. Yes you can. Power to the people!