We Aren’t living in a Post-Racial society! Part One (rant)

The issue I have with race in America, is that we cannot act as if race is not an issue because we may not face the same injustices. We are so inundated with the idea of individuality and responsibility, that we lost focus on the ugly realities of racism. Forgetting an issue and glossing over it, is not the same as getting rid of it. If you are diagnosed with a disease, and refuse to treat it, than you must either get on board with solutions, or suffer the dire effects. As Blacks, we need to figure out a salient process of making things happen. The reasons I am here nor there about these presidential candidates, is that they have no incentive to help the black community.

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What is good wordpress family? It has been a minute since I have last posted. As for me I am still going through my dilemma that I previously spoke about. More importantly, there have been many issues that have been impacting the African American community. With the recent technology of body cameras and phone cameras, America is starting to see the racial ugliness that has been taboo come to the frontline. I could post on and on about the senseless killings that have been happening in the Black community, you can see these atrocities in graphic detail on Shaun King’s timeline.

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Things are starting to feel like the 1960’s all over again, with tensions flaring over Trump vs. Hilary Clinton, police brutality, racial tensions are becoming the norm on social media. If you follow some of the trending hashtags on twitter, you can easily see the ocean of internet trolls making racially insensitive remarks. For some people, it has even costed them their job. I am on neither candidate’s side. Whoever wins the election, wins the election. There has been deception on both sides of the politics game. Fear-mongering has become rampant throughout both sides of the media. There seems to be this tacit implication that Hilary Clinton has the poor black vote, the converse can be said about Trump, easily winning the poor white vote below the bible belt. Donald Trump is an overt racist, and Hilary Clinton will do anything to gain a vote. Im still reminded of the super-predator remark that was aimed at young black men in the early 1990’s.

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Police wearing riot gear walk toward a man with his hands raised Aug. 11 in Ferguson, Mo. Renewed calls for police departments to hire more minorities have followed the shooting there of a black man by a white police officer.

I have been reading books like crazy about African-American history and I am finally “woke” to the injustices that happens to my race as a whole. I cannot 100 percent say that I am behind the “BLACK LIVES MATTER” movement as well. The whole movement is great as a vehicle to get the message out, but I feel that digital hashtag protests are not the solution. I have read the mission statement from the original website, and there is a lot of intersectionality going on. If you choose to fight for a cause, it should mirror the civil rights movement. The civil rights movement stood up for injustices that made it to the supreme court and caused incredible changes. BLM is a movement that is strategically flawed. When a non-black person hears “BLACK LIVES MATTER”, they immediately digest the meaning as saying their lives matter less. This title automatically causes a person of a different race to become defensive. The naming of the movement is wrong, if you wish to have laws change in the courtroom. Imagine if the civil rights movement chose to go by a moniker such as “STOP KILLING BLACKS!”. I am quite certain that circumstances may have turned out different. While I support the families of victims who suffer from police brutality, I cannot support a movement that only feels a keyboard will cause change.

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So, what are the solutions Eddie? To be honest, there are no solutions, this is a process. Solutions happen overnight, processes take time. Racism is insidious and exists in every human being, whether you admit to it or not. How we respond to these emotions and stereotypes, makes a huge difference. Racism is a quagmire that will exist as long as humans exist. Stopping racism is like trying to stop dishonesty. There is no qualitative approach that will make it change. Movies and T.V shows, continue to show Blacks in an inferior state. If most black men you see on television are either rappers, athletes, or actors portraying drug dealers and slaves – what will you automatically perceive the obnoxious black kid, wearing a hoodie with sagging pants as? How will you view the dark skinned black man with a lean muscular build, dreadlocks and tattoos as? You aren’t technically racist  if you hold these thoughts in your mind, but rarely in public spaces would you vocally admit these things, because that would be deemed “politically incorrect”, it is nevertheless true. The fear of black men has existed since slave insurrections of the past.  To rationalize these claims, many right-wing advocates will easily point to the ill-savagery of black on black crime. Which would be asinine to deny, however, Black on Black crime is an issue that police can’t resolve themselves. This is the rapist blaming the rape-victim for being sexually promiscuous. Not the act of rape itself. The protests have always happened  in black neighborhoods. Go to any funeral of any victim of these senseless gang-related or happenstance crimes, there will be a pastor or bishop screaming at the pulpit for the “young brothers and sisters to get saved, and get their act together, come to Jesus, while the lord has blessed you with another day”. How many mothers, fathers, uncle’s, aunt’s, and strong upstanding black people who told their kids how to conduct themselves when police approach the vehicle? How many black mothers and fathers told their kids not to hang around with “those boys and that crowd, cause I’ve heard about them”? What are the working class citizen black families to do, once their child is a victim of violence? Jump in between the bullets of the murderer and victim, while being 11 miles away at their second job? This is an impossible and unrealistic feat. Being poor in a poverty stricken community, you will confront a reality of desperation and violence. In any country, city, or community where you find poverty, you will find violence, it is synonymous. Blacks are among the poorest race in the nation. Another retort to black on black crime is what about before it existed? Before black on black crime, there were justifiable lynchings of black men who tried to own businesses, accidentally gaze at a white woman, or loiter past 9 p.m. in sundown towns. There were people who looked at Emmett Till and said, “that boy should’ve never whistled at no white woman.” And the justifications for police executions in broad daylight on camera, still happen to this day.

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The issue I have with race in America, is that we cannot act as if race is not an issue because we may not face the same injustices. We are so inundated with the idea of individuality and responsibility, that we lost focus on the ugly realities of racism. Forgetting an issue and glossing over it, is not the same as getting rid of it. If you are diagnosed with a disease, and refuse to treat it, than you must either get on board with solutions, or suffer the dire effects. As Blacks, we need to figure out a salient process of making things happen. The reasons I am here nor there about these presidential candidates, is that they have no incentive to help the black community. Mass incarceration is real, jail recidivism, police brutality, predatory loans, poverty, lack of home ownership, lack of businesses within our community, lack of black support of black businesses, lack of business loans, weak and fluctuating job employment, and inferior educational standards are issues that all need to be addressed. If black people keep voting for candidates who can do a popular dance move, rather than implement laws that will immediately impact African Americans, what is the point of voting. Yes, we should vote for local figures in our community, vote on laws and measures that may impact our community, but the voting out of fear, has no merit in my books. There has to be an incentive for a candidate to wish to do something for the said community. The LGBTQ community are making enormous strides and are forming super-pac’s to make sure change happens.  The Latino community has done the same. The black elite aren’t concerned with the black issues enough to stick together and form a super-pac that will help the less fortunate. They may tweet, or even publicly declare how they will sit down with police officers and have dialogue, some may even tell the black community that we need to “fix” our selves before receiving help, but most of them are invested in retaining the wealth they have earned. Many of them will blame the same communities they come from as victims of their own destruction. Many of their non-black friends will tell them, “look at you man, you are a prime example of someone who started from nothing, and made something happen. You are an example of America and how far we have come.”, buying into this, they easily forget where they come from, and the tactic of using tokenism to hide the hideous realities of black America.

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23 thoughts on “We Aren’t living in a Post-Racial society! Part One (rant)

  1. Thanks for your honest post. I really appreciate your candid reflections on what’s really happening within the black community. Unfortunately, so many of us have become complacent regarding this ongoing issue that it has become what we would consider normal. It is not and that is so far from the truth. We all need to wake up to reality and start doing more than posting hashtags as soon as another life is gone. Thank you for posting this! Welcome back to the blogosphere.

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  2. It’s not the fault of BLM that the opposition has twisted the meaning of the name of their movement. It means that Black Lives Matter too, not only. Just like those who advocate for LGBTQ issues are not saying that heterosexuals don’t matter.

    How many white people have read Michelle Alexander’s book, The New Jim Crow? Without BLM, the issue of black lives wouldn’t even be in the public consciousness. And this group does a lot more than just fight with their keyboards, but if you want to get your message out, you have to use social media.

    I’m not a member of BLM, but I know they’re not correctly portrayed in the media, which is not surprising. What’s surprising is that others are believing what they read instead of investigating for themselves.

    https://www.bloomberg.com/features/2016-alicia-garza-interview-issue/

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    1. I respectfully disagree. They are a great vehicle for getting the message out via hash tag activism and public protests, which does advertise the injustices in the community. The problem I have is that there is no formal hierarchy in the BLM movement. I can be a random citizen that wants to join BLM MOVEMENT and go protest with a different point of view and have rogue intentions. For example, I may have a different interpretation of pro-blackness than a person who is marching. I may support an “eye for an eye” militant form of pro blackness, versus a group of individuals who wish to march peacefully. This alone, is a major problem in having a movement. If there is no formal structure beyond meet and protest, you will always have a few rotten eggs who spoil the whole event. In the civil rights movement, there was actual training on how to deal with irate citizens who opposed the civil rights movement. There was a common code that was rooted in solidarity. They (civil rights movement) took issues to the courtroom and won several cases in the courtroom, in addition to protesting. Protests were the vehicle behind actual court cases that were fought and won.

      The LGBTQ community are kicking ass, because they are actually making changes in the communities they are part of. They have financial resources behind an organized movement. They are all in solidarity on how to raise awareness, and use the constitution as a sword in the courtroom.

      Bottom line: Battles are won in the courtroom, behind expensive legal teams, fair judges and jurors. Protests are excellent vehicles of getting the message out, but what laws will change because of a viral video. You need effective means of change. You need to boycott companies who depend on urban dollars and use black culture for profit, and compel them to speak out against police brutality. Which is easier said than done, because blacks are major consumers of the 1% corporations. Many blacks who don’t wish to be involved with inconvenience, won’t see a point of doing business in their own communities if it involves paying more for a product they can buy at Walmart for 50 cent cheaper. That is the difference between Blacks and other groups — we refuse to do business in our own community if it is an inconvenience, other groups and races will show solidarity and deal with inconvenience, for a greater good. You can’t boycott police, because they are a public service that is funded by the government. I can’t refuse to follow a policeman’s orders. I will go to jail, or possibly die. Sorry for the long post.

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      1. Maybe you’re expecting too much from an advocacy group that’s in its infancy. The LGBTQ community has had amazing success, but it didn’t happen in a day — it’s taken decades. And while I admire the LGBTQ advocacy community, it’s mostly made up of white men. It hasn’t paid as much attention to gay issues in black and Hispanic communities.

        I understand your frustration with the black community and what they’re willing to give up to fight for their rights. But I think you’re expecting too much from poor people, too. We all do what we must to survive, and sometimes our own survival is more important than bigger issues.

        Yes, many fights are won in the courtroom. But before people start to fight in courtrooms, they fight on social media and in the streets. And the courtroom is only available to a small percentage of people. If I’m not rich enough to fight in the courtroom, where should I fight?

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  3. Glad to see you again Eddie! Guess the MIL issue is still…an issue? So many things to tackle here, and I commend you for even addressing them. The one thing I will say is that I’ve stopped calling it “Black on Black” crime; it’s just crime. I honestly believe this was created as another way to divide and make us look as if we’re more criminal or violent. No where else do you hear about crime described with a race/ethnicity first…

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    1. Yes, the MIL situation is still alive and active. I could pour my heart out on that. Lol

      Black on Black crime is a term that is simply crime. This is another created racial code word like urban, and ghetto. However, for many non-black people they seem to use this term when complaining about our community. This piece is written in a way that confronts those racist thoughts that occur in non-black minds.

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  4. Great post. I respectfully disagree with BLM. Yes I feel you are right about them being a vehicle to get a message out but you can’t be a BLM supporter and still be the 1st one in line for Jordans and all the other stuff that makes us looks bad. Criminals masquerade within BLM propaganda and I never see any BLM when there is black on black crimes. We have to respect each other before we demand respect from anyone else. I just feel like saying BLM is the ultimate cope out to prove that you are about change. Real change is within our $1Trillion dollar buying power. Now even though air respectfully disagree, this was an amazing post. Love your thoughts, insights, and posts on various issues. Much love

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