UNLESS AND UNTIL BLACKS TELL THE STORY OF RACISM IN THIS COUNTRY, LIES will flow like a Great River. Most dictionaries define “racism” as racial hatred based on the color of one’s skin. As Dick Gregory said, “White is not a color; it’s an attitude.” We call that the Pathology of White Privilege and White Supremacy.
Racism is the institutional and systemic power of a group to dominate, control, exclude, discriminate against, or abuse targeted groups of people based on a designation of race. Let’s substitute words… Racism is the institutional and systemic power of White America to dominate, control, exclude, discriminate against, and abuse Black Americans based on the designation of their race. Racism is an insidious cultural disease. Racism is defined and real and purposeful and sinister. It is not an urban legend or a tale spun to entertain.
Racism is not a dramatic journey when a war was fought was to maintain slavery and to keep Blacks in chains. Racism most certainly is not a dramatic journey based on the whims of what Blacks THINK happens to them.
Racism is not a dramatic journey when laws were passed to rationalize White Christian beliefs that Blacks are less than human.
Racism is not a dramatic journey when White America STOLE 300 years of involuntary free labor from enslaved persons (my ancestors) and refuse to this day to even discuss “paying any of the money/reparations back.”
Racism is not a dramatic journey when 12 presidents of this country’s first 18 presidents owned slaves and 8 of the 12 owned slaves while serving in the White House.
Racism is not a dramatic journey when White America value me more as a Black athlete for their entertainment purposes than my worth as a Black student.
Racism is not a dramatic journey when White America excluded the many salient contributions of Blacks in American history textbooks.
Racism is not a dramatic journey when the Ku Klux Klan as the original Domestic terrorists came into existence to terrorize Blacks.
Racism is not a dramatic journey when White Privilege coupled with the White Supremacist Pathology is real and continues to permeate this country.
Racism is not a dramatic journey when America elects an overtly racist president who proceeds to stash avowed Racists and White Supremacists throughout American government and its court system.
NO…Racism is NOT a dramatic journey. The Oppressor can never understand what it is like being oppressed because by definition, Oppressors are not Oppressed. So it is with Racism, White America does not understand Racism. White America created Racism, and correspondingly, they have never been on the receiving end of their Core Racist Attitudes.
Mr. Hurst, can’t you just give us White Folks and Black Folks a break from talking about Racism ALL the Time, Day in and Day out?
Rodney. L. Hurst, Sr.