You say you feel uncomfortable because Black folks have the audacity, the unmitigated gall, to talk about how your ancestors treated their ancestors since the founding of this country just because they were Black which makes you feel uncomfortable.
First, however, let me remind you that you kidnapped Africans, my ancestors, by the hundreds of thousands from Africa and brought them to this country, South America, and Central America.
WE built your American and world capitalistic system as we worked for you for free under the most inhumane, despicable, and deadly conditions. A free labor economy where you were the only beneficiaries. A free labor economy that made your ancestors wealthy and continues to make you and this country wealthy today.
So now you, White folks, do not want us, Black folks, to talk about your White Supremacy, your Christian White American Holocaust of Slavery, and your Christian White American institution of Systemic Racism.
You try and deny your core racist attitudes as America, but:
You cannot deny Slavery and the blood, sweat, and death of my ancestors made you and this country obscenely rich to disrespect Blacks;
You cannot deny the repulsive violence you employed to teach enslaved people lessons;
You cannot deny the hypocritically racist erecting of monuments to memorialize a war you fought and lost to maintain Slavery;
You cannot deny you created Segregation after Slavery to disrespect Blacks and to keep them "in their place;"
You cannot deny you were responsible for the “Nadir of Race Relations” to disrespect Blacks and to keep them "in their place;"
You cannot deny you created Jim Crow laws to disrespect Blacks and to keep them "in their place;"
You cannot deny you created 'Black codes' to disrespect Blacks and to keep them "in their place;"
You cannot deny you created Segregation to disrespect Blacks and to keep them "in their place;"
You cannot deny you created “separate but equal” as the law of the land validated by the United States Supreme Court to disrespect Blacks and to keep them "in their place;"
You cannot deny the insulting and revolting signs you employed over this country and especially in the South to re-enforce your racist opposition to citizenship rights to American Citizens whose hue of skin was and is Black to disrespect Blacks and to keep them "in their place;"
You cannot deny you used violence, and deadly violence, when you reacted to Blacks protesting against your racism and for their Black human dignity and respect to disrespect Blacks and to keep them "in their place;"
Yet you want to try and wipe this truth, this vulgarity of your existence, this insolence devoted to your so-called southern heritage and legacy, but which is nothing more than camouflaged, and not well, continued White Supremacy.
So even though my ancestors were targets of your White supremacy as I am today, you pass laws to stop teaching the truth about the Racism of this country as if your Racism did not exist?
You do not want your children and your grandchildren to know about their heritage and legacy of Racism.
Do you want them to think nothing like Racism ever happened in this country?
Do you want them to think the vulgarity and the insults to my Black human dignity and Respect never happened?
You can pass your censorship and memory change laws and seek to rewrite a racist American history all you want, but it happened. I am, we are, living witnesses with our Black hue of skin as victims and targets of your Christian White Racist Bible-ignoring, and your Christian White Racist looking the other way when considering the teachings of Jesus Christ racism.
TRY AS YOU MIGHT, YOU CAN NOT MAKE US FORGET YOUR WHITE AMERICAN CHRISTIAN RACISM THEN AND NOW, AND WE WILL NEVER STOP TALKING ABOUT YOUR WHITE AMERICAN CHRISTIAN RACISM THEN AND NOW. THE STRUGGLE CERTAINLY CONTINUES!
Rodney. L. Hurst, Sr.