We are being told we are living in a post-racial society in America. The government, Supreme Court, and most white folk say based on the word “post” it implies racism no longer exists. Yet, in the lives of black people, we see no such thing in either actions nor deeds. The assassination of the South Carolina Senator and, as we saw, the terror behind the image of the confederate flag and those who love it is clear evidence of this fact.
With each unarmed black man killed at the hands of the police; white folk cries of shock follows. It’s clear from the DOJ Report on Ferguson; to include most places from NY to LA harbor racist attitudes. Remember, Minister Malcolm told us more than fifty years ago that anywhere south of Canada is south, which means the culture of racism is the American way.
It amazes me that anyone can come to this conclusion, when you look at the state of race relations in America today on any level. Not only do African Americans and people of color lead every negative category across the board; be it unemployment, healthcare, justice, housing, education, you name it. The armed gangs in blue kill a black person on a daily basis without fear of reprisal. Still, there are those who say things have changed.
I share many Thought Provoking Perspectives on a wide range of subjects but interestingly enough the hate mail comes when I speak to the reality of race, which we all know is true. I know it sounds good when bigots say they are not but I have found that the one who say they are not racist are the real RACIST. Therefore, in reality is that not much has changed. Yes, we do have a “Black Face” in the White House, and I am glad to have lived long enough to have witnessed this phenomenal event.
Frankly, no one living or dead would have thought that an African American would ever live in the White House as President. But just for the record; let me remind you of what Carter G. Woodson said in 1933 in his still relevant novel “The Mis-Education of the Negro:
“History shows that it does not matter who is in power… those who have not learned to do for themselves and have to depend solely on others never obtain any more rights or privileges in the end than they did in the beginning.” In the same novel, he also reminded us that “if you control what a man is thinking you don’t have to worry about what he thinks”.
Let’ recall, thanks to the racist cop in the OJ Simpson case caused white people to change the way they use the term “Nigger”! However, just because they now say the “N-Word” instead does not mean they are not saying and believing that you are not a Nigger! Post-racial in many respects is nothing more than putting a new name or title on what I would argue never changed.
I can recall in my lifetime where the “Nigger” was the last thing a black man or woman, heard before being lynched. I remember vividly the KKK terrorizing black communities, burning down houses and bombings churches under the cover of law; this is also to include murder with no justice for the crime. These cowards held down and raped black women for amusement.
Like the Dixcrats of old, now the Republican and Tea Party, are not that much different than the Citizens Counsels in the old south. Today, the police still act in many regards under a similar code. They can “Stop and Frisk” you at their pleasure, beat, brutalize, and kill with no repercussions. As Ferguson shows, they exercise racist policies through the courts and implement them in the Prison Industrial Complex and heavy fines. Where you find “Just Us” is big business filled with “21st Century Slaves” traded on the Stock Market; just like slaves were back in the day.
I’ve seen guns and drugs proliferate black communities with murder at unprecedented rates. We just accept it along with the legacy and lifestyle that come with it. When there was talk of revolution; CONINTELPRO came to bare with the full might of the government and putting an end to any thought of freedom. The president spoke loudly of “Change” and said “Yes we can”. I have not seen it!
Mr. President, with all due respect, it’s time that we hold you accountable and make possible change we can believe; at the drop of a dime you send billions all over the world in an instant. You have the power and should throw a lifeline to the millions who look like you right here in America. You say that you are trying to be the president of all people. Well aren’t African Americans people or are you viewing it as the Constitution’s perspective that we are 3/5 human.
African Americans have been here since August of the year 1619, and they are still debating whether or not we can vote. Just for clarity, every so many years that portion of the Voting Rights Act must be reauthorized and signed into law, and in the span of time between re-authorization they try every trick imaginable to suppress the vote. Mr. President, if you do nothing more for the people and their children who look like you; use your power to, at least, make Voting Rights permanent.
It’s time for rational minds to return to earth and stop using the meaningless term “post-racial” because there’s no such thing! There’s no place that fits that description in America. There’s no “post-racial era.” Never has and never will! It’s a term for a concept that does not exist.
I knew Jim Crow, and now I see his grown son, James Crow Jr. Esq., as being more clever and wicked than his namesake. With a black man being killed weekly at the hands of the law, I never thought I would say this but I felt more comfortable and safe during segregation than I do today! And that’s my Thought Provoking Perspective…