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A Prime Example Of Why Racial Disparity Flourishes

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“Slavery, Jim Crow, White supremacists, are almost universally hated by white people, and described as one of the bleakest and most embarrassing times in our country’s history. We don’t need to discuss them in the context of admitting they were right or wrong anymore.

I don’t owe anyone an apology for them. Am I sorry they happened? Absolutely. But an apology is an admission of personal fault. My skin color doesn’t link me to an 1800’s slaver anymore than yours links you to people in Africa trading away other captured peoples for guns or gold. Do you understand how ridiculous that sounds?

Thanks for clarifying Holder’s position. There are whites that need to admit to their racism, and there are blacks that need to admit to white people’s racism. Please excuse me as a wipe the bias flowing out of my computer screen. Cosby talked one side of the problem, one the black community can help themselves with the most.

I live in Atlanta, a city run by a black Mayer, a black police chief, a majority black police department, a black majority period. There are only five members on the city council out of sixteen that are white, and the president of the council is black. Almost half of Fulton County’s superior court justices are black. Tell me, who is the “dominant community” where I live? In the most important financial, law making, and collegiate area of the entire state?

I’m not suggesting black people have been in the position to be as racially cruel as white people. But if we’re talking about racist feelings or tendencies, you’ve really deluded yourself if you think black people have nothing to answer for. Hell my dad is a firefighter inside the perimeter. Do you know how many lawsuits there are over the hiring and promoting in the fire departments surrounding Atlanta?

Maybe it’s because of the area of live in, but there are more race related speakers, seminars, clubs, protests, and just awareness to race in politics and the news than ANY other subject. And I find we are complete opposites in our assessment of the black voice.” – Sean

Sean,

“Slavery, Jim Crow, White supremacists, are almost universally hated by white people, and described as one of the bleakest and most embarrassing times in our country’s history. We don’t need to discuss them in the context of admitting they were right or wrong anymore.”

That’s good to hear. But when are we as a country are going to correct the damage that these institutionalized macro scaled versions of racial disparity caused to the black community? Slavery ended and black people were told that they were free. Okay. But how were black people supposed to go into the future as free men and women without the resources necessary to be free men and women? Which led to the racial disparity of Jim Crow. Jim Crow ended. But after so many generations of people living with Jim Crow and its brand of racial disparity laws were passed to make the practice illegal. Okay. But how were black people supposed to compete in an environment where white people felt like they were losing their privilege? Which led to the racial disparity of separate but far from equal. And so on and so on.

Every step of the fight for equality for black people, white people fought hard to keep equality a distant goal. These institutions created the environment of disparity that we have today. The nation as a whole has never addressed this disparity and never will. White people continue to benefit from these conditions. But try and say that we need to do something to correct this imbalance and many white people say “I don’t owe anyone an apology”.

Nobody asked you for an apology. I could care less how you feel. To me, you are no different than the Pat Buchanan’s of the world. Your apology doesn’t mean a thing. You are not that important. Do you know how ridiculous you sound? Hey everybody Sean apologized! Racism is over now. You really do have an overinflated ego there. But what is important is for America to address the problems of racial disparity that America has tolerated for so long and continues to tolerate to this day. Too many white people think that the only thing necessary to create an equal environment is that the blatant racial discrimination stops. How do we correct the disparity that the blatant discrimination created and its subtle counterpart continues to create? Hey, back off! I’m not apologizing!

“I’m not suggesting black people have been in the position to be as racially cruel as white people. But if we’re talking about racist feelings or tendencies, you’ve really deluded yourself if you think black people have nothing to answer for.”

I am so sorry that there are bad black people out there who have hurt your feelings. Indeed, there are jerks on both side of the racial line. But guess what? There are black people who hurt my feelings as well. Maybe we can address the affects of mean black people and what led to the fact that so many black people don’t care for white people. Lord knows they think they have plenty of reasons to justify how they feel.

But I’m not referring to the damage of simply hurting white people’s feelings. If we were only talking about black people’s hurt feelings I’d have to say too bad so sad. When I talk about the discussion of racism I’m talking about the general economic, social, political, educational, legal, and other instances of racial disparity that have the majority of the black people on the downside. I have a black Mayor and a black policeman! Well good for you! And? What does that do for the rest of the black community? When did these black leaders use their position of authority to ruin the lives of white people? A lot of white people love to point to a few black well to do people as if that alone justifies our tolerance for racial disparity.

But people never want to point in the other direction as examples of how far we have to go. Where were all these black leaders when Genarlow Wilson was being railroaded into a ten year prison sentence for having sex with a girl two years his junior? He had good grades. He played football. He kept his nose clean. He was never in trouble before. His horrible crime of being a teenager having sex meant that he had to be labeled a sexual predator and needed some prison time. I bet a lot of people felt less safe when he was released after serving two years of his sentence. Lord knows teenagers having sex is just such an unnatural, criminal act. May god have mercy on his soul.

And yes it is true that Bill Cosby and Alvin Puissaint talk about black people helping themselves by protecting themselves and making sure black people adhere to acceptable standards of behavior.  Because we know that there is a stereotypical culture against black people that calls for the harshest punishments possible regardless of the crime or the lack thereof.  Young blacks being disrespectful to figures of authority is enough to justify the heavy handed practice of law enforcement.  It is this piece of the culture that too many black people are afraid to address because of the possibility that they appear too sympathetic to the plight of the black community.

And by the way, Africans never traded for gold. Africans had all the gold they needed. Africans didn’t trade other Africans for white people’s gold. That’s another ridiculous contention from you. Africa had a history of slavery that predates white people. That is very true. When tribes conquered other tribes the conquered people became subject to Africa’s version of slavery. Eventually, the conquered people earned a place of equality in the new larger tribe. African slaves were never in chains and kept separate. African slaves learned the ways of the tribe just like anyone else. African slaves were not kept ignorant and their families were not broken on the whims of some owner. African slaves were never anybody’s personal property and were eventually assimilated to make the tribe stronger.

When Africans traded other Africans away it was for weapons from the white man that they could use to conquer other tribes. The weapons allowed favored tribes to take over other tribes far quicker than the people of the other tribes could be assimilated. The white people offered to take the conquered away so the favored tribe could continue its grab for territory. Africans probably didn’t realize the depths of the new world’s contempt for black people. They probably thought slavery in the white man’s land would mirror the African model of slavery.

Lastly, an apology is not always some admission of personal guilt. An apology is used to convey a sense of sorrow when there is a sense of compassion. People do it all the time. But the idea of somebody like you have a sense of compassion for black people? Not hardly. You talk about wiping the bias off your computer screen when you ought to wiping your ass because of all the bias coming out of it.  I do believe it looks like you have a serious case of diarrhea.

Peace

Thursday, February 26, 2009 - Posted by | African Americans, Black Community, Black Culture, Black People, Life, Racism, Thoughts

5 Comments »

  1. Most white people want to talk mostly about slavery while completely skipping over the The Jim Crow Era. I have never been one of those brothers that scream racism over any slight.I feel the race card has been used far too often by blacks,but i do feel racism is rampant in America.When the Japanese-Americans were interned during WWII by the US government we blacks had nothing to do with it,however when the government decided to pay those people for that unjust act it came out of our tax dollars,”yes blacks do pay taxes” Did blacks complain? NO. native Americans recieve billions of tax dollars for wrongdoing from my tax dollars. Do i complain NO. But for some reason when the black man is mentioned white people have a bowel movement.And for the record I’m against reparations. What white people must learn is “America wronged the black man”, not white people.

    Comment by moderateblkmale | Thursday, February 26, 2009 | Reply

  2. I mentioned racist feelings and tendencies, and gave an example of the hiring and promotion practices of a black run Atlanta area fire department. If people are in the position to abuse their power, making them white or black doesn’t make them immune from it. Of course you pick to harp for a paragraph on my MENTION of the word feelings.

    “And by the way, Africans never traded for gold. Africans had all the gold they needed. Africans didn’t trade other Africans for white people’s gold. That’s another ridiculous contention from you. Africa had a history of slavery that predates white people. That is very true. When tribes conquered other tribes the conquered people became subject to Africa’s version of slavery. Eventually, the conquered people earned a place of equality in the new larger tribe. African slaves were never in chains and kept separate. African slaves learned the ways of the tribe just like anyone else. African slaves were not kept ignorant and their families were not broken on the whims of some owner. African slaves were never anybody’s personal property and were eventually assimilated to make the tribe stronger.”

    That’s the fairy-tale version. The “guns or gold” part had almost nothing to do with the point, but I find it funny that this version is what pops up in your head. Just for ease of finding it, read http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/African_slave_trade under the Atlanta Slave Trade. It doesn’t justify anything white people did or anything about the practice. I just find it funny that you think black and white human nature or mistakes are so different from one another.

    “Nobody asked you for an apology.”

    That’s a new one. Paid by tax reparations has never been something the black community has demanded? Slavery, Jim Crow, the popular days of the KKK, and every other event I wasn’t alive for has neeeever been brought up in the context of how I feel about the fact that white people did them.

    But try and say that we need to do something to correct this imbalance and white people say “I don’t owe anyone an apology”

    Think that if you want to. Your entire perspective falls apart if it’s not true.

    Comment by Sean | Thursday, February 26, 2009 | Reply

    • Sean,

      So much for whatever claims you may have had about trying to fight racism through the use of numbers. Your tolerance for racial disparity is more than evident with your “I don’t owe anyone an apology”. Dude, I thought you had a simple case of diarrhea. Sounds like you have a serious case of dysentery there.

      “Paid by tax reparations has never been something the black community has demanded? Slavery, Jim Crow, the popular days of the KKK, and every other event I wasn’t alive for has neeeever been brought up in the context of how I feel about the fact that white people did them.”

      Why should anyone ask you how you feel? Is it not obvious? And for the record, no black person wants your tax dollars. What the black community is demanding are the unpaid wages for labor, the payment of our tax dollars when we were without representation or without government services, and an establishment of racial equality. Keep your tax dollars. We want our tax dollars and our ancestors back pay.

      I took that link you gave. I found this tidbit of information:

      “Ethiopian slavery was essentially domestic. Slaves thus served in the houses of their masters or mistresses, and were not employed to any significant extent for productive purpose. Slaves were thus regarded as second-class members of their owners’ family, and were fed, clothed and protected. Women were taken as sex slaves. They generally roamed around freely and conducted business as free people.”

      Yep, sounds like good old fashioned American institutionalized slavery. Did you even read the article in the link?

      Peace

      Comment by brotherpeacemaker | Thursday, February 26, 2009 | Reply

  3. Excellent response my brother!

    You broke it down to the bone gristle.

    Personally, the apathy surrounding the sudject itself is disturbing.

    Comment by RiPPa | Thursday, February 26, 2009 | Reply

  4. This post brings up one other thought about Africans and the trade for slaves and weapons. Those “favored” tribes who were so willing to trade their enemy neighbors for their land are now the ancestors of the people who seem to be unable to get it together and take care of business in Africa. These are the same war mongers who are causing genocide and major strife in that country. Like I always say, nothing happens in a vacuum.

    So not only did the white men who started the slave trade ruin the lives of so many Africans with chattel slavery, they ruined a country by helping to remove tribes of people whereby throwing off the natural balance of things in Africa. Wow.

    Also, Sean, you may not need to apologize for slavery like you said since you have nothing to tie you to those slave owners. But, don’t you participate in white privilege right now? Doesn’t that need to end along with racism in order for things to be truly equal? Shouldn’t white people be apologizing for that? Or do you somehow deny yourself white privilege when it manifests, which it probably has many times in your life.

    Thanks

    Comment by theblacksentinel | Thursday, February 26, 2009 | Reply


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