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Now What?

Now What?

Almost from the minute the European set his foot on American soil in the early 1500s the institution of enslavement of the African in America was born. A majority of people of African descent were freed with President Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation in 1863. But it wasn’t until the Thirteenth Amendment to the Constitution was ratified in 1865 that the practice of slavery truly outlawed in the United States.

Although black people were freed the plight of equality for our ancestors was just starting. While true black people had been freed from slave owners many black people were without property or any economic resources to effect a change in their life. Many fell into a sharecropper arrangement with their former owners. Many blacks were able to migrate north to find factory work. But the vast majority of wealth and property lay in the hands of white people who were able to attract even more wealth and pass this wealth to their children.

White people use their positions of wealth and status to deny black people educations, occupations, descent housing, dignity, humanity, and almost everything else. Many states enacted laws of segregation designed to keep the general black population in their place of subjugation as second class citizens. The humiliation of the black population culminated into the civil rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s. Black people were beaten, sprayed with fire hoses, attacked with dogs, and suffered other indignities in front of television cameras for the world to see.

Black people were murdered for their cause. The Governor of the great state of Alabama stood in the doorway of the University of Alabama before he would let a colored student pass through its doors. The federal government had to send troops into Little Rock, Arkansas to escort black students to school. All of this was done in order for blacks to get an education that the majority of white people felt blacks didn’t deserve or were able to appreciate.

The Civil Rights Act of 1964 was the legislation that outlawed discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, or national origin in voting, employment, and public services. Yet white dominated American society would circumvent the law legally and illegally in order to keep their racial superiority. In response to the irresponsibility of whites affirmative action laws were enacted to assure a more racially diverse learning and working environment Court cases were made and precedents were set in order enforce civil rights. And through it all white people resisted.

People were able to reverse the effectiveness of the courts and affirmative action was deemed too pervasive. Many gains made on the behalf of the black community were reversed with accusations of reverse discrimination. White people seemed to be making an effective stand against the struggles of black people. Conservatives even managed to replace the first black justice of the United States Thurgood Marshall, who worked tirelessly for the equality of black people, with the ultra conservative Clarence Thomas, whose very name reeks of uncle tom. The conservatives have such contempt for black people that they feel that they can call us nappy headed whores without any serious repercussions.

But today a talk show host gets a little too carried away with his racist indiscretions over the radio air waves and gets canned as a result. The black community has managed to affect some type of retribution and now people want to ask, now what? After five hundred years of enslavement, subjugation, humiliation, murder, rape, and second class citizenship the black community has managed to come together and do something as a unit that actually proves that we still have the power to come together and affect change. However, people now want to ask the question, now what?

The very question implies a need for an immediate response. People who ask the black community the question are looking for an immediate solution to the problem or at least an immediate plan to the situation at hand. The current mess pertaining to race relations didn’t happen overnight. It has built up over centuries. Ever since white people stole our African ancestors from their home black people have suffered at the hands of white people.

The current mess in overall race relations took five hundred years for white people to make. Hopefully it will take a lot less than another five hundred years for black and white people to resolve together. But regardless, people need to show a little more patience. Like an overweight person trying to loose as many pounds as quickly as possible we have to remember we didn’t get like this overnight. A long term solution will take time to develop. I know I have a few ideas. I’m sure there are a lot of people out there who have their own ideas as well. A solution has no choice but to come, but we have to be patient.

Wednesday, April 25, 2007 - Posted by | African Americans, Black Community, Black Culture, Black Men, Black People, Faith, Philosophy, Racism, Spirituality

3 Comments »

  1. i am more than aware of the unfair treatment of the black race in the past, and even today. but isnt it kind of contradictory when retired decades are brought back into light? for example, slavery. in our country, slavery was abolished more than a hundred years ago, but the topic is still brought up as leverage against the white community. im not saying that what happend was right, but today, noone living has been a slave, and noone living has been a slave owner. to bring this topic up further separates the two races. white people as being bad, and black people as being the victim. and though that was more than true when slavery actually existed, you cant blame the white people of today for sins that people not even related to them did. (ie:my family only came to this country twenty years previous, how can you lump me into that catagory just because of my colour when i nor my family had nothing to do with it?) and on this note, why is it that more emphasis is put on to anything a white person says about a black person, when it is automatically wrong if a white person even utters one word about a black person. this in genaral is wrong. the leaniancy towards black people segregates the two races even more, but now, it is in favor of the black people. one example of this, is how it is politically incorrect to call a person with darker skin black. instead that person must be reffered to as an African American. people of lighter pigment however can only be called white as there is no other term for them.i am not sure if my words are making myself seem clear. i just woke up and happend to come across this page. but i’d really like to hear your response to this. im open to change of opinion, but i have to see both sides of the spectrum first. please contact me at therevlonspamqueen@gmail.com

    Comment by fhj | Saturday, January 12, 2008 | Reply

  2. My response to this comment is now a post. Click here to read.

    Peace

    Comment by brotherpeacemaker | Saturday, January 12, 2008 | Reply

  3. This picture is so harsh an some people can’t take this picture. this picture is so sick I almost started crying!!!!!

    SIGNED,
    Nicole

    Comment by nicole | Tuesday, March 18, 2008 | Reply


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