reply to post by LightsideAssassin
I starred that.
It's true, self identity is the core of the problem. We can pick up a history book any time and read about the significant contributions of blacks in
America through out history. Like anyone else, we can place our own identity squarely in our hands ; regardless of what labels are placed and
propagated from ignorance or malice.
Which is one of the reasons black power and pride is so important and should not be seen as a threat. Unless black people moving up the socio
economic..is threating to you.
Getting good grades being considered "white" is a recent phenomenom. Many of our historically black innovators and leaders learned to excel under the
greatest threats to life and family. Why did they excel? Not simply because they wanted to patent a peanut machine or a cotton press ; because being
black meant something and the accomplishments meant something to a people in the face of oppresion.
Truly , black history month may not be needed for you ; but for me and a vast amount of any culture of child growing up in America it is pivotal. We
teach what we know, its bias but true. Do you expect non black individuals - some from other countries - to sit their children down and educate them
on WHO Frederick Douglas was and WHY he was important?
Let's be realistic.
Your well articulated post, reminded me of a city in tulsa Oklahoma - it was called 'black wall street":
"The area was home to several prominent black businessmen, many of them multimillionaires. Greenwood boasted a variety of thriving businesses that
were very successful up until the Tulsa Race Riot. Not only did African Americans want to contribute to the success of their own shops, but also the
racial segregation laws prevented them from shopping anywhere other than Greenwood
The buildings on Greenwood Avenue housed the offices of almost all of Tulsa’s black lawyers, realtors, doctors, and other professionals . In Tulsa
at the time of the riot, there were fifteen well-known African American physicians, one of whom, Dr. A. C. Jackson, was considered the “most able
Negro surgeon in America” by one of the Mayo brothers"
*This is 1910 , and it was a thriving city of black lawyer , doctors and world renown surgeons . The town was built because these people could not
practice elsewhere and , indeed, served a needed role in black society
What happened to this town??
"One of the nation's worst acts of racial violence, the Tulsa Race Riot, occurred there on June 1, 1921, when 35 square blocks of homes and businesses
were torched by mobs of angry whites.
Aerial fire bombing of black residential neighborhoods was reported."
*They torched the town to the ground and the US bombed it. The actual country and which we live ; an act of terrorism
*Why don't we know about this in general?
The events of the riot were omitted from local and state history; "The Tulsa race riot of 1921 was rarely mentioned in history books, classrooms or
even in private.
Now lets fastforward to today. As Mr. Nemo detailed, a black man can't get a job in his city as a firemen even if he's qualified.
My point is; we can't have our cake and eat it too.
We can't say that there is no such thing as white privelege and that everyone is on an equal playing field , and then scoff at the reality that it
isn't (detailed in black and white numbers).
We can't degrade black people who are seeking an identity for themselves, and then get mad when they do not wish to completely assimilate. NOT into a
white culture ; but into a culture that would render you invisible.
Have you tried to buy any "flesh" colored band aids recently?
There is no identity withouth pride. Pride in who you are and what you come from.
Black power/pride is needeed now more than ever.
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