Thursday, March 13, 2014

When Will Black People Stop Complaining About Racism?

The thing that I love and hate about technology is the fact that it's liberating. Anyone with a voice can broadcast their opinions, post their comments, or create a platform for anything. But on the flip side, it provides anonymity to people who don't have the nerve, the heart, or the balls to say what they mean and mean what they say in person.
Case in point. One morning the topic of race was being discussed on one of my favorite radio shows, when one caller called in and asked, when African-American's will stop using the race issue as a crutch, and simply "get over it"?
His sentiments did not surprise me because I have always suspected that this attitude is one that is prevalent in America. Something which is often implied. But seldom said. But I still felt a wave of anger come over me due to the ignorance, and niavite' of this telephone tough guy. His audacious comment is what lead me to answer his question.
Why can't black people stop using racism as a crutch, and simply "get over it"?
Firstly, a crutch is something that is use to support a collective unit because a part of it is broken. Such as someone with a broken leg using a crutch to hold up the rest if their body. The Black community as a body of people has some broken pieces, and while using racism as a proverbial crutch has a negative connotation, are we supposed to ignore its existance, and not elaborate on one of the elements that damage this particular body? The answer is unequivocally NO.

Secondly, African-American's will "get over it" as soon as caucasions do. I will not paint an entire group of people with a broad brush. But this attitude seems to be the general consensus.

When at least 10 or 15 years has gone by without an African-American child being murdered for having the nerve to walk down the street minding his or her own business.

Then we'll get over it.

When bitter racist's stop forming new fringe political parties just because a Black man was elected President of The United States.

Then we'll get over it.

When mediocre, under achiever's stop blaming affirmative action for their inadequacies, and inability to find a jobs.

Then we'll get over it. 

When biased laws are changed so that African-American's no longer make up 80% of those incarcerated for minor drug offences even though we're only 12% of the total population.

Then we'll get over it.

When crazy white people stop obsessing about something as petty as a little Black girl playing "Annie".

Then we'll get over it.

We'll get over it as soon as you get over it!


         IT'S NOT US IT'S YOU!

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