Over 200 years away from the original birth of racism and segregation, a new day and age where man is smarter and more accepting to things that are different or taboo according to their belief’s or standards.
Racism is the bullshit that was dealt with in the past, and while it was ridiculous, inhumane, and unjust, it was in everyone’s face and hard to miss or misinterpret. But that was then. What about now? Are we really in a place where we can move forward in the name of progression from…
Sorry, I can’t say that we are in that place just yet.
RACISM HIDDEN BEHIND THE SCREEN
Being the researching hound that I am, I read and research several stories on current events happening around the world. After I read or listen to the story on Trayvon, I scroll down to the comments being made by fellow Americans (and others) who have also stumbled across the story. I find it interesting to read how others feel about specific situations going on around the world…and each time I am disgusted, but not shocked. Most recently, I was listening to a news post on YouTube. See below to read some of the comments.
Interesting how we don’t hear these things being said in the streets, on the television or on the radio anymore, But the internet is a tool used to express the real live hatred felt within some of our neighbors. These are the people walking pass us in grocery stores, the ones sitting next to us in line at the light, the ones that we are greeting when we are in our place of work. These people go home, and they type hateful things on the internet and showcasing their real feelings of hate. Wonder how they would express themselves if they were exposed for who they really were? Like George Zimmerman, I am sure it is easier to walk around pretending that you are all about the people, happy to be equal, and promoting their one friend of a different race so they can’t be looked at as racist. But the truth of the matter is, racism is still very much prevalent in America..it is just hidden under what I would like to call “sugar covered shit”.
The bigger issue is, when Black Americans unite under the pressure of injustice, then other America gets uncomfortable, and wants us to “get over it”. It’s sick! Just using the more recent and publicized tragedy of Trayvon Martin as an example, people rallying and speaking up for the young man who has lost his life has brought out the internet racists and unfair opinions of “celebrities”, IE Geraldo Riviera. It has really given me a moment to sit back and ponder on America, we are essentially the OPPOSITE of the land of the free. And although we can’t change the opinions of those individuals who would rather fill through soul with hate and the inability of forming an intelligent thought, we can continue to stick together and express love and acceptance within ourselves, which would include the LOVE we should feel, and the acceptance of changing when we know something is not right about us as a people, or the way we are being treated. Doing this could eliminate the superiority that other races seem to fill when it comes to our people. If we REALLY felt pride in ourselves, then we would be forcing others to treat us as equals in justice, opinions, and lifestyles…we have to stand up to those like the ones photographed to the left, not by arguing, but by standing together when times are great and when they are bad.
The way that the Black man views himself in these days and times is almost as bad as the silent racism that we incur in this Country. In the process of banding with others, we have surpassed the ability to connect with ourselves, our men and women. No respect for the home or the children that we breed together. When Black men and women look at White men and women and say “I prefer that over my own race because _________”, it helps fuel the outside hatred and personal hatred that is around us. Stop worshipping something that you will never be. Ever. Being an Uncle Ruckus will lead you down a path of people either laughing at you and feeling sorry for you. You will forever be a loser in this game of life, because the player you are choosing to be will not help you win.
I am not saying that you shouldn’t “date” outside of your race. What I am saying, is be honest with yourself. Be aware of your surroundings, and protect yourself and your family with knowledge and awareness. This will help reorganize unity within our communities, no matter where you are located.
Stop saying nigga, blood, or anything else that is derogatory towards us. That is the exact word that was used to degrade us.
Don’t accept negative culture. We were fundamentally re-created here in the United States, starting out as an unimportant “race” of people. For a lot of people, it is hard for them to accept us growing. We are not lesser than. Just because society expects us to be thugs, doesn’t mean we should be. Stop killing each other.
Redevelop the respect of family. Somewhere down the line, family has become unimportant. We need to lay a solid foundation, and raise children who will be a positive representation of us…only a solid foundation can build a solid home.
Racism will never go away, that is the reality. Stay strong in your convictions…and care about what is going on around you. Social awareness is self-awareness.
I lead this out with a quote from Malcolm X.
Taking away the color of skin, and focusing on the fact that we need to formulate the need for change is mandatory. If we don’t, we will always be considered the oppressed.