originally posted by: JoshuaCox
If you scroll through history that fear saturated the politics of the time and still does.. even to this day you see people and politicians race bait
a fear of violent black uprisings.
And if you look at politics with an objective eye, you notice that race baiting a fear of (insert skin color here) comes from mouths of many
politicians, and the race isn't always "black" as the subject of the fabricated fear.
But along with that fear comes a bug that puts that fear on steroids..
The knowledge of how white Americans would react if the situation was reversed..
We know that if we had been enslaved/discriminated against that recently we wouldn’t turn the other cheek.. we wouldn’t forgive and forget and
What an ignorant approach to take. Not a single black/brown/white/purple/green individual alive in the United States of America right now was ever a
slave (legally, at least...we can argue illegal issues another time). Many white, Hispanic, Asian, Native American, and any other descriptor of people
can trace their family histories back to a point where they may have been slaves to someone else. Hell, black people can trace their own history back
to black Africans that sold their ancestors into slavery in the first place.
An intelligent human being doesn't need to forgive and forget the enslavement and transgression of people of long ago. Hell, I don't even need to
forgive and forget anything that my parents did, and they're still alive--because they are not me and I am not them. I'm not excusing the way that
black people have historically been treated since emancipation, but to pretend that anyone has direct ties to being a slave and must forgive and
forget is downright absurd.
We are responsible for our own actions and no one else's. Period. I will not succumb to white guilt, nor will I be bullied into it by ideologically
driven people on the internet.
Just like in pre-civil war America they knew that if the roles were reversed and they had the option we would have slaughtered every man woman
and child from whatever faction had us enslaved.
I think that is the real basis for the fear of violent uprisings and the accompanying racism...
We know exactly what we would do in that situation..
You know what you THINK you would do in that situation, but you have no clue. Physical, mental, emotional, and sexual abuse rob people of their will
to fight. Lack of education results in people not knowing what they can or should do. Yes, we all that a primal urge to fight for our freedom and
control of our lives, but when you've been robbed of all dignity and suffered countless abuses, many for their entire lives, you start to understand
why uprisings didn't occur more often.
But, yes, you're damn right that I would have fought, probably to the death, for my freedom (if I was mentally and physically sound and capable), but
that doesn't mean that I harbor memories and fears from things that people generations ago did that did not involve me.
I know in my heart that I would have been an abolitionist in those times with the perspective that I have right now--I can only hope that I would have
had such a perspective back then, too. The thought of owning humans fails on all levels to me.
ETA: A good read that may interest you.
edit on 22-8-2018 by SlapMonkey because: (no reason given)