I live in a small town in Kentucky. Black folk live in my subdivision. A black man coaches our county basketball team. The high school has a black male assistant principal. We have black teachers. Most black students are motivated and many go to college. We are a tourist community and I see many mixed race families. Our community is far from perfect, but we do not have big city problems.You know why I get angry?
Becaue it is completely unacceptable to be white and angry. And when I read things like this - that is what I get (and white is what I am).
The double-standards are unbelievable and (in a world where equality is the goal - so they so) UNACCEPTABLE!!!
I'm sick and tired and reading articles about how I just don't understand. Well you know what - neither do you! You weren'ta slave and your parents weren't slaves.
The Jews have risen above the Holocaust. The Japanese have risen above Hiroshima. I, as a Catholic, have risen about the Romans feeding my anscestors to the lions. But for some reason, African Americans can't seem to rise above ANYTHING!!!
You vilify people like Bill Cosby; call him an Uncle Tom and call him a sellout - all because he tells the truth. And you glorify people like Rev. Wright - because he 'tells if like you wish it was'.
And yes, Obama summed it up.'It cannot be washed away." But you know what, it can be "moved beyond". But it has to start in the black community.
I type this to put across this point. Opportunities are available for black people that their grand fathers never dreamed of. But black folk have to be prepared both academically and have the ambition in order to take advantage of these opportunities. Teens who learn more from rap than they learn from teachers are never going to get beyond a future of early death or jail.
The civil rights movement changed America for the better. A segment of the black community is far better off now that they were before the movement. Another segment is far worse. Fatherless children, gangs, the poison of rap, generations of well fare dependence, rotting in housing developments, the prison culture...this segment has degenerated.
Come on Jackson, Sharpton, media, politicians and black preachers talk about the real racism in this country. The selling out of inner city black youth. Politicians stop blocking vouchers. Black men father the children that you begat, kids began to realize that life will take you only as far as you have educated yourself.
Young black males will die on Chicago streets this week end. Does no body care?