by Gray Graham
If you have followed me at all over the years you might have noticed that I write about racism and bigotry a lot. In fact too much for a lot of people. No not KKK card carrying members or Tea Party racism, but African Americans; forgive me, Black people. More specifically successful Black people.
Now if you are say over 40 and definitely over 50 you might remember there was a fear after the Civil Rights movement among Negro leaders that with integration the African American community would lose their children. These children would forget their culture and history and no longer care about the struggles that African Americans have endured in this country for hundreds of years.
Fast forward to the year 2014. Ask yourself this simple question, "How many African Americans do you know that care about being an African American?" Then ask yourself, "How many African Americans do you know that take pride in being an African American?" Now ask yourself, "How many African Americans would rather be called Black, Negro, or some form of nigger (yes I wrote the word out because if I am not suppose to write it then why are so many people using it?) instead of African American. Now ask yourself how many African Americans do you know that make sure you understand how not typical Black, diverse, and how many friends of other races they have. Lastly ask yourself how many African Americans do you know that are ashamed of being an African American.
Over the past two years I have sat by and watched successful African American, after successful African American go out of their way to first say how they were not like other Black people, and then next explain away some form of racism that someone else that is an African American has faced. Pick your race based controversy and you will find some successful African American that went on record to say how it was not so bad or not an issue at all.
I have no idea why certain people feel this way. I don't know if it is a fear of losing what they have (money) or if it is just shame of having dark skin. I have seen people admit to both so I guess it could be a number of things.
I am going to offer some advice to all those African American civil rights activists out there. We may have reached a point where the majority of African Americans, simply do not care about other African Americans and the African American community. They are more interested in their own lives and their own problems. Until it comes to their front door then it is of no concern. But maybe that is nothing new when you think about it. There have always been Black people whose job it was to keep other Black people in line. Many a whipping was given by the Black taskmaster and not by the white slave owner.
It really is time for us to understand that very few people on this planet want to be thought of as being Black. That cross is just too hard to bear for too many people. It is much easier to ignore it and hope you can navigate life without too much trouble. If you learn to speak correctly, straighten your hair, dress appropriate, act like a minstrel, never get offended, and most importantly never acknowledge being Black then you will always be needed as that shining example of what a good Negro is suppose to be.
So congratulations successful Black person. You have made it. You are no longer a typical Black person. You have wealth, career, and a diverse group of friends. You are the envy of Black people the world over. The downside however is that you still have dark skin and to other people that still matters.