by Gray Graham
It seems like I just wrote a post like this so you will have to forgive me for being a little tired of the subject. I have been writing about this topic basically all my life and nothing has changed. The perception of Black people for most Americans is the same today as it was 200 years ago.
See America has a reality problem. We like to pretend that we are this great big melting pot, but America has never been a big melting pot. It has always been a bitter stew with a lot of pieces thrown in the pot and the flavors just don't mix. To make it worse everyone keeps adding their own favorite spices and expecting everyone else to just love it.
Now this part is going to probably get me in trouble but what else is new. This week while looking over social media I saw a post referring to the problem of the LGBT community. It seems that the community is controlled by White males just like the rest of American society. Of course this is nothing new and something I have been told many times by people of color that are LGBT.
On the flipside I saw another post on social media that asked was the plight of homosexual Americans the same as the plight of Black Americans. Well this commenter seemed to think it was because the same White male establishment that oppresses Black Americans are the same ones that oppress homosexual Americans. Now let that sink in for a moment based on the supposed problem of the current LGBT community.
In America, African Americans are everyone’s struggle mascot. Since no one cares about the Indigenous peoples of the United States, African Americans are the next best thing if you need an oppressed group. For most of White America, Black people are basically their creations that they have given permission to be human beings. They always try to help us, support us, and most importantly teach each how we are suppose to behave and what we are suppose to do.
Literally for years I have been trying to get people to understand, especially African Americans, that they need to care about their unique plight in America. Doesn't matter if your spouse is White, your friends are White, and your co-workers are White; who all love and adore you, in America that is not the sentiment of the majority White Americans especially those in power.
Maybe it is because public lynching doesn't occur every day. Maybe it is because some people don't care if you have a White wife anymore. Maybe it is because we have African American billionaires and millionaires. Maybe it is because everyone seems to love hip hop. Whatever the reason somehow in the last 20 years most of Black America forgot what happened to our people the previous 200 years.
But apparently in the last 8 they have gotten a wake up call. Apparently people decided to remember that their parents and grandparents were treated like less than human beings.. Apparently they remembered that even among the poor they were still treated as being second class citizens and outcasts. Apparently they remembered that no matter how much money you have, your religion, sexual orientation, or anything else you are still going to face discrimination in America like no other group in our country’s history.
So you are going to have to forgive me for not jumping on the hashtag #Blacklivesmatter. You are not going to tell people that you don't care about being Black, ashamed to call yourself an African American, and smile when your White friends do something racist to someone else of color and then become upset when African Americans both young and old are murdered in the streets..
Take notice to the way that White Americans react when we do something like Black Girls Rock or Black Lives Matter, they immediately become offended. It doesn't matter if they are Liberal, Moderate, or Conservative. They very idea that African Americans might actually have pride in everything about themselves seems to hit a nerve that makes them uneasy.
Until that changes then expect America to be exactly as it has always been. And if you waiting for a lot of Black politicians, police officers, fire fighters, attorneys, bankers, or preachers to make the first move, you are going to be waiting a long time.
Until the majority of African Americans care as much about other African Americans as they do themselves, we will continue to be picked off one by one. At this point it doesn’t really seem like Black lives matter at all. We don’t even talk about them unless they are lying in a pool of blood. That my friends should tell you everything you need to know.