I just suffered a dialog with someone of limited intellect about the impact of racial discrimination on the black community. There was a comment in my inbox about an article I wrote two years ago describing my theory of how America’s institutionalized slavery back in its infancy laid the foundation for the relationship between the black community and the racially generic dominant community that is predominantly white. I should have known the exchange wouldn’t be a good when I read the first sentence.
“You all need to suck it up and deal with the present, black people have not been enslaved in this country for a very long time…”
For the record we all agree that America’s institutionalized slavery is a thing of the past. The culture that considered black people little more than white people’s property is done. However, its sister culture, the culture that protects white privilege and superiority at the expense of the black community is alive and well.
When the institutionalized enslavement of black people came to its long overdue end, the dominant community didn’t turn to the black community and welcomed black people with open arms as equals. The dominant community continued to subject the black people to a perpetual condition of disenfranchisement. It started with denying black people humanity and it has continued with denying black people educational and employment opportunities.
The alienation of black people’s inalienable constitutional rights led to a condition of disparity that has persisted ever since black people were introduced to America as a lower life form to be bought and sold by the highest bidder. The enslavement of black people wasn’t the issue when people were putting signs in windows saying only white people were entitled to goods or services. The enslavement of black people wasn’t the issue when people were saying that separate facilities for black people were fair. The enslavement of black people wasn’t the issue when black people were fighting for civil rights. And yet, some people insist on trying to undermine any conversation about racial disparity that persist today with arguments that slavery ended years ago so black people need to just suck it up and deal with it.
I saw a report the other day that said that unemployment has reached a thirty year high of more than 8.5 percent. But while the white community has to suffer with a rate of about 7.9 percent, the black community has to deal with an unemployment rate of 13.4 percent. There was another report that said on a per capita basis, for each dollar of wealth owned by the white community, the black community has ten cents. The black community controls less than two percent of the wealth of the white community. And some people find this disparity tolerable because slavery ended so many years ago.
Regardless the reason we have a condition of disparity between the black and white communities. And instead of people having compassion for the black community, black people constantly hear attitudes that can be accurately summarized as “fuck you”. All too often people in America have more compassion for a rabid dog that needed to be put down than they would have for any child in the black community.
Whenever the idea that America should take steps to remedy the substandard conditions in the black community, it is inevitable that someone will perceive it as a free ride for black people. People from the dominant community will say that black people don’t deserve help because slavery ended years ago or black people sold Africans to the Europeans so Americans are absolved and don’t have to do anything today. Black people don’t want to work hard and black people are just bad people.
But the truth is that it doesn’t matter why the black community needs help. The fact of the matter is that the black community needs help. America stands ready to send a trillion dollars and well over four thousand American lives to fight and die in Iraq. But make the suggestion that America should invest in the black community and people’s ass get so tight that you’d need a shoehorn to squeeze a dime through their cheeks.
Black people in America have never deserved any help, black people don’t deserve any help, and black people will never deserve any help. It wouldn’t matter if a hurricane came and flooded an entire city. Black people would rot in the sun before America would do anything to help. That’s just the way it was, it is, and will ever be. Black people just need to learn to suck it the fuck up.
Desire K said:
On Obama’s inaugaration Day,BBC Journalist commentator said:”There are far more too many Black Faces than when President Bush was elected.” I wondered why he said this…
In North London,some times in March 2009,We agree to meet with someone to view a property,he sees my face and asked if I am the one who had called,he shakes his head and says over and over:”Am so sorry,no Blacks!” My brain went blank, with no anger, just shocked that such mind set still existed.
In Russia, an ignorant Neo Nazi Gang Leader is interviewed:”You see,all Black People know is to make Rap music,the music encourages them to be violent.Black People have not contributed anything to civilization,I want those Black Africans to go back to Africa,and study there!”
Just yesterday,an aljazeera documentary showed the rise of British National Party support, some of the BNP Members interviewed said:”We believe that all Foreigners should be returned home,and put all British People first for jobs and Housing.” This sounded more like Idi Amin to me…or Hitler’s times.
Wow, this is an amazing and deep article. I’ve been reading many articles like this one and as a African american I want to change this but in some ways the article makes me think it’s hopeless. Is there a solution? What can I do? It took many strong and determined minds to get african americans to where we are today but before I started searching for truth and before I stopped being so naive I thought that the fight was over. If there is a movement going on to uplift the black community I want to be apart of it or we can start our own movement. I just need to know that things can change.
Bob Ray said:
Someone foreign to my African American nationality once asked me, how it felt to be black. I didn’t see that coming and felt it necessary to exact that answer. Well at first I had to realize that I was of darken skin and African ancestor, however I couldn’t denied my American Cherokee Grandmother nor some Germanic blood that unexplainably got in there. First off, man inhumanity to mankind is evident in history and I’m proud to fight and strive to erect some symbolism of freedom from an oppressive people in and oppressive land. As a human being I want! And as a Black man I feel always prepared to fight. Because there are those who disallow me and what they sarcasticly identified as Blacks, the no, not equal attitude and treatment. Yeah this is dreadful feeling and blasphemy if you are one with Christ, but it’s the predicament we are in. This struggle isn’t over and basically pits evil against nature and what’s right. Education is the key to getting a fair opportunity to fight, and with the bible as a guide, fortitude is necessary to weather that impending storm that inexplicitly will come your way called racism.
The Bible says Satan comes to kill, steal, and destroy. Throughout written history, there has been one race above any other that has come as killers, stealers, and destroyers. Innocent people stolen from their land, land stolen from innocent people, entire races murdered, beautiful cultures destroyed, natural wealth stolen, the glorification of war, violence and weapons of destruction looked upon as the sure sign of superiority, and qualities of Christ (peace, humility, forgiveness) looked upon as the sure sign of inferiority… The white race is leading the rest of the world toward the final dance called Armageddon. They are Satan’s closest ally, and he has given them their worldly rewards. Remember, Satan had promised Jesus the same things if he would have just followed him. But Jesus rebuked Satan for trying to tempt him. Most will fall for the temptation as well. Evil will be made pretty. Hasn’t evil been made so pretty? Good luck to those who choose to resist. And God Bless.
Black people need to realize that if they are poor that is almost usually their fault.(It may not be easy, but hey life isn’t easy) That being said, so do white poor people. I am tired of the racism on this subject, yes we need to help poor people go to college and always will need people to stay poor and work the shitty jobs(someone has to.) If people want to go to college we should help them, but poor people don’t always want intellectual jobs.
Back to my original point though, if poor people want to go to college and get a better life we should help pay for them to make things easier(assuming they have good grades and meet the college’s standards.) You need to stop dwelling on the race part though, i am sick of the National Negro College Fund, it should be the National American Low Income College Fund or something like that =). If we want to stop racial discrimination we need to start looking at things as a group, not in separate ones =(. I realize there is a higher percentage of black people unemployed and less rich black people but if you look at it in the millions there are more white people in low income families than there are black people.
There are white people who came to this country poor as dirt and have since being here been discriminated and still remained here dirt poor, The irish for example, granted they have had a little longer to adjust to things, but you get the point. We need to help everyone poor, not take “special care” for specific people. And fuck any black guy that is still blaming his race on things(unless you know the guy didn’t hire you cause you are black) some black people might be able to blame their poor families for the fact they didn’t go to college, but since when does being poor ingle you out as black?
Stop making essays about how you or anyone else is in a bad situation because you are black or any other minority.
And fuck you James just cause i’m white doesn’t make me the devils closest ally, if i said that about black people i would be some neo nazi scum but because a black man said it it’s not racist?!?!?!?
Maggie Mae said:
Why do blacks insist on being referred to as “African Americans”? Most of them have mixed blood, and therefore should be just Americans. And they should be glad that their ancestors were brought to America, otherwise they would still be in Africa with little or no food, no clean water, and surely no jobs. So let’s stop with the African American, and just call a spade a spade. They are black Americans. I can’t be responsible for what happened years ago, and neither can they. My ancestors came from Germany, but I’m not a German-American. I’m an AMERICAN.
No matter how hard racists people try, black people are moving forward, we are not going back to the way things were in the past, Americans have proven this by electing the first Afro-American president.
Sammoto Yomosa Dabney
To start off, i hate racist people. Whatever country people come from should be treated with respect. I mean, seriously think about it, colour in a way is very important and shouldn’t be something people use against any indevidual in any way. It shows we are all different and that we come from totally different places, which encourages our world to grow more intellegant. Would an aussie like me be able to cook sushi like a chienese person without being tought? I don’t thinks so…That’s why we are all different, to learn from eachothers different ways. Im only 14 and i vote againt racism on every online poll i can find. I know it sounds stupid that i do that but what’s even more stupid, is that most sides towards racism actually had votes…
Im pretty sure that for a while everyone will have to put up with racism, but atleast there are still those consiterate people out there who will encourage that it is wrong.
Joe Heger said:
Why do blacks have to be called African Americans and why do Gays to have special rights? The answer is that by doing that they think that they will get more respect and that is so far from the truth standing out makes you a trouble maker in the eyes of people who blend in with the American society be it racial gender or religion. Every single person should be looked at who they are. The ultimate power in this life is knowledge so treat eveyone like you want to be treated.
Robert Bridges said:
Black Foundation after the watt riots in Los Angeles would have it’s members stand at the gate on construction sites to get jobs for black contractors and trades men. We are now preparing to stand in front of corporate america to get donations for are drug and alcohol treatment programs, to make the inner city a better and saver place to live.