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Darkest Before The Dawn

It is because of America’s history of being virtually completely resistant to facing issues of race squarely with an honest desire to resolve the inherent inequality associated with one social group controlling another. One social group has visibly significantly European association while the other group has a visibly significantly African association. After generations, centuries even, of forcing black people to be white people’s slaves, using Jim Crow laws to disenfranchise the black community of achievement, of telling black people that they don’t deserve white people’s kitchens, water fountains, restrooms, dining rooms, occupations, educations, white people’s rights to protection by law, or of participating in our governments from the local all the way to the executive office, some of us want to say that since all that has at best stopped or at least has been significantly curtailed, we are equal and color means nothing.

Too many of us think that since we have a black man in the White House for the past year and some change that this clears the slate for centuries of significant social engineering that has significantly retarded the black community in terms of the accumulation and control of wealth which is the primary key to a comfortable existence in our social order. Too many people think that if one black person does well, then there’s no such thing as black people not being successful and therefore racism is a myth. And so we tolerate prejudices and judgments without doing much of anything to correct the damage that has been done to our social structure.

Part of the result of such racial disparity is the successful fracture of the black community. Because our culture allows one group nearly complete control of our social purse strings, one group can nearly completely control the wealth of the other group. One group can pick and chose who can be successful in the other group and who will fail. People who are critical of this system of social engineering will not have the benefit of this system and could find it very difficult to resist utter submission. So many successful black people and other black people who plan to be successful no matter the expense to their community, heritage, or character, will defend this system in an ultimate act of loyalty by submitting their minds to its perpetuation. It is virtual example of racism on cruise control.

The black community is so complacent that we sit back and allow our children to be abused by law enforcers and security personnel. Black children and young adults go to jail for attempted murder for getting in fights with white children and young adults. We sit back and watch videos of young black girls are punched in the face by law enforcers for resisting an arrest for breaking a curfew. We will sit back and watch a police officer pull out his gun while standing over a young black man lying face down on the ground with his hands cuffed behind him and shoot the subdued black man in his back. The officer made the mistake of automatically reaching for his service pistol when confronting a black man instead of his taser. Why he felt he needed to use a taser on a subdued black man was never explained.

But nevertheless, high profile black people willfully ignore these kinds of happenings and stand ready to absolve the white community of any responsibility in our social condition. Shit like this is reasonable in a lot of people’s opinion considering the potential of antisocial behavior associated with people from the black community. And such reasoning in defense of racial disparity is in itself racist. And way too many black people have learned this support of racism simply too well.

So now we live in an age where the black man can be called the racist for pointing these kinds of thing out. The black man is the racist for talking about racism. And yet, we see one of our state legislatures pass a law that requires its law enforcers to somehow determine who is an illegal alien, and therefore who is responsible for the influx of crime and unemployment and illegal drugs and other manifestations of malfeasance, within that state’s borders. And if that’s not bad enough, a recent poll says that America is nearly split down the middle in support of and opposition to this law, with a slight majority in support. And so what, does that makes it okay or understandable or somewhat more acceptable? The Declaration of Independence said that all men are created equal and have unalienable rights. But because we tolerate racism, we can collectively convince ourselves that such obvious want for racial disparity is acceptable for the greater good.

There was a time when America was so split about racism our nation went to war to defend a state’s right to subjugate black people. Half the people were willing to die for their freedom to enslave others. Did that somehow make the enslavement of black people more acceptable? I would hope not. I would be willing to give most people the benefit of a doubt and go out on a limb and say that a clear majority people would say no. But we’ve already drummed it into our collective heads that such uber racism is wrong. And as long as we don’t go back to such an environment we don’t have to worry about racism running amok.

America has yet to learn that racism in all its forms should be avoided. We shouldn’t have to wait until somebody comes along and drums it into our heads that we can’t pass laws that allow people to be stopped and searched for no other reason but suspicion of not being a citizen. If we ever see some statistics from the effects of putting Arizona’s immigration policy into practice there is little doubt that we’ll see an exorbitant impact on the Latino community. The quantitative results of racial disparity would be right in front of us, blaring, staring us right smack in our faces and polls would continue to say that half of America supports such racism. And some people would continue to try and say that this was acceptable for the greater good.

Thursday, May 6, 2010 - Posted by | African Americans, Black Community, Black Culture, Black People, Life, Racism, Thoughts

1 Comment »

  1. This law is problematical on so many levels. First, how the heck can anyone tell just by looking if another person is an illegal alien, a legal alien, or a citizen? You can’t tell. The US is a very heterogeneous country. You can’t even make a good guess by listening to their accent. My mom became a citizen long ago, and she still sounds German.

    Of course, people here illegally /are/ breaking the law, and should be sent to their nation of origin. I agree with that. But AZ’s approach is fraught with fail. For a cop to even “ask you a few questions,” he’s got to either catch you breaking the law (like pulling you over for speeding) or have probable cause.

    So we have some choices. We can set the probable cause bar absurdly low, allowing cops to harass anyone for any reason (bad idea). We can tell the cops that they can only ask someone to prove their citizenship on a warrant, rather than just because they ‘look foreign'(a better idea). We can leave immigration enforcement to the INS (probably the best idea). There are probably others.

    I guess Arizona can tell their cops to say “your papers, please” to anyone who looks foreign, but Arizona also needs to be prepared for an expensive series of legal backlashes. It’s not just /possible/ that a cop might bug a US citizen on the assumption that he’s an illegal. It’s pretty much /certain/ to happen, sooner or later.

    Bearing in mind that the only real proofs of US citizenship are a birth certificate and a passport, and that citizens are required to carry neither, the likelihood of said citizen being more than just momentarily inconvenienced is pretty high. When (not if) this happens, Arizona must be prepared to pay punitive damages for false arrest, violations of rights, loss of income/reputation, and any other thing the ACLU’s lawyers can come up with.

    Or the Arizona legislature can admit that they made a mistake and repeal that stupid, stupid law.

    Comment by Jeff | Saturday, May 8, 2010 | Reply


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