I have asked questions all my life. I was never satisfied with a simple answer. I didn’t want just the details. Details were just small pieces of information that may or may not connect. I wanted and want to see the whole picture.
Something I learned early was that people talk about other people as if they aren’t even people. Something some of you may know about me by now is that I’m sensitive. If I see someone yelling or hear raw words of hate, it upsets me deeply. I can’t just look away or forget about it. I keep turning it over and over in my head. It eats at me.
Why are people so full of hate? Why do they let hate make them blind? Why do they continue to walk around in life in ignorance? Why don’t they want to see the WHOLE picture instead of the little safe one that they wrap around themselves?
People trip over words full of hate and disgust without even seeing the ugliness left laying at their own feet. They drown themselves and anyone willing to listen in ignorance.
One of the first questions I remember asking myself was…”Why are black people different from white people? Are they different? Does it matter if they are? Why is that a bad thing?” I really wanted to know.
If you want to know if African-Americans are or are not different and why read this. Read all of it. I read it and was surprised by some things. Like why people would have paid a “voting tax” in the early 60’s? Why aren’t there more African-American leaders in politics? Why are there statistically higher numbers of African-American men in prison? The list goes on.
I didn’t find out if African-Americans are different from me by reading the information in the link I provided above. I already knew and know that people. are. people. Period. We are all alike more than we are different. I can open my eyes and see that.
Low social and economic opportunities keep many people from getting out of the gettos they were put in. These people make a life from what they can with no real help from others or the US government. They have no hopes or dreams. They have the cruel and cold reality pushing against them with every breath they take.
You can’t just expect people who are discriminated against by a whole society to just pull themselves up by their bootstraps. Yes, some do. True. However, let me ask you if you would be able to do it if you were judged by the colour of your skin every single day. What if you were born and raised in urban America with poor educational opportunities and no money?
What if you were poor, really poor, and no one cared, really cared?
The American society as a whole doesn’t do a heck of a lot to change the social and economic problems that face many Americans (mostly minorities). America has been letting her children, her future, down in the most unforgivable way. America has taken all the hope out of the lives of many of her children. Without hope what life is there?
I am very proud of the people in America that have broken free from the chains of hate and poverty to build a better life for themselves and others. I am equally proud of the people that make it through each day filled with guns and drugs and hate without giving up or giving in. I understand and feel responsible when other less strong or fortunate people fall through the cracks. It’s my problem, too.
I am not proud of the people that don’t see the problem as their own. I am not proud of the Americans that let other Americans live out of cars or in drug infested neighborhoods.
I am not proud of Americans that think everyone should be just like them.
I am not proud of people who can’t see that the ghost of slavery is still darkening American doors. I am not proud of that little piece of American history.
As an American, I would like to hear how it is that the richest country on earth shrugs it’s shoulders on thousands and thousands of children growing up in the poorest of conditions. I would like you to tell me and these children how it is that you are going to help make it better. How it is that you are going to break this cycle of poverty and hate. How?
It’s not by making ignorant racist comments or turning your back to it, that’s for sure.
It’s an American problem. All of America is responsible to fix it. Isn’t it time to stop spreading hatred and ignorance and to work together to build an America where all men are created equal (not just in theory) by tearing down the walls of poverty and building new strong bridges of understanding and tolerance?
I dare you to read this (same as link above) with an open mind and demand real answers to real questions. If you think America isn’t responsible for the poverty and social issues of African-Americans today, you really are blind.
I am proud of all the African-Americans that help make my country diverse and strong. I love that America is full of people from all backgrounds. I love that these people don’t just melt into one kind of boring pot. I love the diversity of music, food and fashion (just to name a few) in America. I love that Americans tend to hang onto their roots and not just assimilate into the main stream. Isn’t that what makes America so unique and great?
Well, I think so.
I love America.
That is why I get so upset and saddened that even today, in the year 2006, I have stumbled upon the words, “stupid f-ing nigger”.
Please, pass this person some “whole picture” glasses because the one’s they’re wearing are a bit foggy. I wouldn’t want them to drown in their own ignorance.
I’ll take my dream over ugly words, lies and excuses any ol’ day.
People. are. people.
Just think about it!
To be ignorant of one’s ignorance is the malady of the ignorant. – Amos Bronson Alcott
Education is a progressive discovery of our own ignorance. – Will Durant
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