by Sam Prince @phiSammaJamma
Happy Black History Month! In honor of this beautiful celebration where we focus on socially acceptable black people, I’d like to offer up a State Of The Union.
Lately tensions between black and white Americans have been at what seemingly is an all-time high since the Civil Rights movement.
I tend to disagree with this, as I feel tensions have never subsided, we just have not been as aware. The absence of evidence is not the evidence of absence. Now that news outlets can attract viewers and make revenue covering racism, they’re going to force feed it to us all. It’s like feeding corn to cows, instead of grass; we still eat it up even though it’s not good for us.
Post Michael Brown, Freddie Gray, and Eric Gardner, the black community and righteous bandwagoners have erupted into protest. With vitriol they hurled fiery rhetoric, often times exploding into chaos and all-out physical violence. Riots broke out in the name of fighting “white supremacy” and oppression, of which white police officers have become a symbol, and black officers an “Uncle Tom.”
Paralleling with the childlike mentality, the black community points their index finger (or maybe their middle one) at the authors of oppression, condemning their behavior, and crying out for vengeful punishment to be levied by the State. Of course this is prior to due process, because as it relates to perceived wrongdoing, public opinion is always guilty until proven innocent.
“If, if a white man puts his arm around me voluntarily, that’s brotherhood. But if you – if you hold a gun on him and make him embrace me and pretend to be friendly or brotherly toward me, then that’s not brotherhood, that’s hypocrisy.” –Malcolm X
This is an enlightening quote from Malcolm X concerning race relations amongst Americans. Within the black community there are a few approaches to racism: ignore, separate, beg for entry, acceptance by guilt through public opinion, and violent response. Rarely do we (speaking to my fellow blacks) take responsibility for our current status in America. It’s much easier to point fingers, as oppose to be introspective.
So let’s delve deeper into black finger pointing. What if “white supremacy” is to blame for all our problems? What if God saw this and made all the white people disappear? Now we run America. What would that look like?
The economy would take a hit, as the stock market would crash. With financial uncertainty, foreign markets would shy away from investing in America. There just aren’t enough educated black people to immediately take on various industries to maintain it.
According to Huffington Post, “Black people are 12 percent of the U.S. population and 11 percent of all students beyond high school. In 2009, they received just 7 percent of all STEM bachelor’s degrees, 4 percent of master’s degrees, and 2 percent of PhDs, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.”
That may not be a huge issue if there were a lot of black owned businesses, but there aren’t. “Of the 1.9 million black-owned businesses in 2007, 106,824 had paid employees.” (Click here for more Census stats on black businesses in America)
Imagine the effect that the “white disappearance” would have in other areas like healthcare, education, and even sports.
There are no black owners in the NFL, so there would be no NFL. (Ball players with nobody to pay them…)
Roughly 84 percent of all teachers from K-12 are white, so there would be no school. (Don’t believe me, click here)
I don’t mean to belabor the point. Who am I kidding? Yes I do.
The truth is that, “America Runs On White People.” (Courtesy of Dunkin Donuts’ tagline)
As blacks we want to be respected and I get that (the desire to feel pride and be respected is what all civil disobedience boils down to). Respect however is earned, not given. We have to begin to produce more than we consume, creating a foundation for us to be economically viable so we have a voice. Right now we are not even sitting at the table.
If all white people were to suddenly disappear or fall out of power, we wouldn’t be able to fill their shoes. That’s not me having self-hate; it’s me taking a hard look at the truth instead of pointing fingers.
- Petition the government for a redress of grievances and assemble. Those are your first amendment rights. Don’t stop there though. Create businesses and seek education to continue growth.
- Police brutality often coincides with image. Reject the images and lifestyle put forward by popular rap. They promote a life of crime. Associating yourself with that puts a target on your back.
- Yes, those stats are correct. Click on the links.