posted on Aug, 10 2007 @ 01:56 PM
A couple of visits to a hospital gift shop gave me some killer insight on race issues in America.
My girl and I went into the shop and browsed around for a while. When we got to the counter with our stuff, I payed for it with plastic. The white
woman at the register goes "let me see your ID, please."
Immediately, I thought about a class I took about race in America. One of the things we talked about was how black people are more likely to be asked
for ID when using plastic. Not only did we have textbook examples, but people in my class also related to this.
I didn't say anything, but I showed her my ID, got the stuff, and left. Once we were outside, I told my girl "you see how she asked for my ID? I
bet she wouldn't have done that if I were white." At first, she didn't think much of it, but she then said "I know, like you stole it from a
doctor or something."
We went back to the same shop about 30 minutes later. This time, a different woman rang us up. I gave her my card, and she never asked for my ID.
After paying for the stuff, my girl looked at me like "hmm, imagine that." On the way out, she goes "you see SHE didn't ask you for ID. I wonder
why." Oh yeah, this woman was black, in case you're late.
At this point, my realization hit me. It wasn't that racism is still alive; that's a big no-brainer there. What I'm talking about is the system
Think about it. If you're black, you probably stole a credit card, or that nice car, or those nice clothes, or whatever. Of course, black thief is
a popular stereotype, but think deeper about this. Deeper.
What does that say about your system if black people can only have nice things if they steal them? It says that your system is set up to keep black
people from coming up. Real talk.
If you see a black person driving a Jaguar, you pull the guy over because he probably stole the car. If you see a black person paying for something
with plastic, ID them because they probably stole the card. If you see a black person dressed in expensive clothes, frisk them because they probably
have drugs on them.
Don't you see? This mentality clearly shows that this system was set up so that we would be prevented from attaining wealth as much as possible.
The thought that the black man in the Infiniti is a hard-working citizen NEVER enters your mind, outside of some kind of joke. It really shows a lot
about this system.
Hell, look at the young America. Black people were by far poor as hell, even free blacks. And if black people somehow managed to come up, whites
could kill them and destroy their wealth legally. Check out Black Wall Street or Rosewood sometime. This mentality clearly has gone nowhere.
But you'll say that it's us black people who are always making distinctions about race. Sure. Who is it that always asks for your race in sections
of paperwork, for hospitals, surveys, schools, government-related agencies, etc. The system.