In a general sense, people are afraid to speak freely. I am not referring to provocateurs and professional victims, residing in places where it rains pancake syrup, and rainbows are made of skittles.
I am referring to regular rational-minded individuals. They understand there are consequences for speaking freely, even though they may reside in countries where they have protection under the freedom of speech.
Whenever you provide someone anonymity, I genuinely believe this is where you will discover someone’s real opinion on anything.
Are you interested to know how someone feels about a hot button issue? Provide them anonymity, and they will sing like the most divine opera performer.
As mentioned in a previous post, my brother asked me to discuss the topic of race, both from an internal perspective (issues within the Black population) and from an external perspective (issues that involve non-Black individual).
To set the stage, I am the last person to force matters subjectively, to push a racial perspective. However, in no way does that sentence undermine the existence of racism. Racism is as real as a heart transplant, but it does not mean everything is always of a racist nature.
We overuse terms like sexism and racism with such intensity; it bloody undermines what the words even mean. If everything is racism and sexism, is anything actually racism or sexism any longer?
We can debate that for another day. However, I am not blind to the fact that racism does exist; even though I will never participate on the team it is always about racism.
We often say the discussion of race is one we should dissect openly, but whenever this happens in the public sphere, people run and hide. I have an interracial marriage, as some are aware.
This means that our children will engage with other children. If adults are afraid to discuss the topic of race, how will our children properly engage, when the other children are unaware of the discussion?
In other words, if adults are fearful to approach the topic, how is this in any way helpful for the next generation?
I want to see if it is possible for us to begin those discussions here. I will do so by either creating topics on my own, or approach topics that I encounter offline or online.
First up is a comment on an interesting blog, which seems to consider Black people as a whole, as disgusting and vile.
I usually laugh, whenever I encounter someone who speaks in this manner. I do not become upset or react irrationally. Instead, I laugh.
I know that sounds strange but my sense of humor can be incredibly dark according to my wife, if the situation involves people trying to insult me, or someone else through an illogical perspective.
In other words, they expect a negative reaction, or a specific reaction. Well, I refuse to give it to them.
With that said, this comment comes from a Caucasian male, addressing his disdain for Caucasian women. Well, specifically, the ones romantically involved with Black males.
Surprisingly, I respect when people express their views openly, especially racially related ones. I know how to deal with you.
However, when people are undercover racists, well, they are like chameleons. They can blend into both sides of the conversation.
In a public setting, they will have a disdain for things like White Supremacy groups, but in private, it is ni**er this and ni**er that. They are like chameleons.
The quote above involving Black males and Caucasian women is an interesting one. Does it bother me? Not one bit. Why am I addressing the comment, if it does not bother me?
I often read articles and hear people say that racism is dead, because the United States elected its first biracial president.
The election of Barack Obama will not end racism, and to be honest, I do not think racism will ever end. There are certain things that become part of us, which the next generation learns from the previous.
With time, the old beliefs become part of the next generation. It is a sad reality, but a reality nonetheless. Some people are good and some people are bad. Evil acts occur daily, but we know that decent acts occur daily as well.
The blogger with the comment above, will pass down his beliefs to his children. The other bloggers commenting will pass their message down as well. I am not upset with this understanding.
I understand how life works, but as mentioned before, I can respect people whom are openly against individuals who look like me.
However, I cannot respect those who smile in my face, yet in private, are members of the most hateful groups online or offline.
This is not my first encounter with such a saying. In fact, we can trace this belief back to the first encounter with Black slaves hundreds of years ago.
While Black female slaves became sex toys for their slave-owners, the mere glance of a Black male in the direction of a Caucasian woman was grounds for his hanging.
Quite strange, no?
The slave owners ravished Black females daily, but for some reason, they had this fear or hatred for encounters between Black males and Caucasian women. Why?
If you enjoyed raping Black female slaves on a daily basis, why did you fear a mere glance between Black male slaves and Caucasian women?
Take this walk with me for a bit. I want to dissect this inferiority complex, which is present in a number of racist males today.
As a male plantation owner, you could own several hundred slaves. They worked on your plantation without pay. Sexually, you had the ability to choose any of your female slaves, and in some instances, male slaves. However, someone without an identity of his own threatens you.
A man whose life you could snuff out without a valid reason is threatening. It pains you to think this lower being, could capture the sexual attention of your wife, sister or daughter. If that is not insecurity at its highest level, I do not know what is.
This insecurity traveled down to present day, where the greatest offense for some of these individuals is not their daughter engaging with a drug addict, emotionally or physically abusive male, but a Black male.
It would not matter if this Black male were the owner of the Tennessee Titans, cardiac surgeon or investment advisor. Being Black will always outweigh everything.
Why is there such a disdain for White women having romantic involvement with Black males?
At the core of this issue is that Black males have the reproductive power to destroy the White race, as they so eloquently put it. Whenever I engage with these individuals, you cannot help but question their sanity.
If you are a racist Caucasian male, what is one of your greatest fears? By their logic, one of the biggest fears is the romantic involvement of Black males, continuously reproducing with Caucasian females. If this happens enough, in their eyes, it will end the White race.
In that blog’s perspective, when Caucasian women become romantically involved with Black males, they become tainted. She becomes akin to rotten meat.
Here is why I find these individual incredibly illogical. Let us say he does encounter this woman, and let us say her previous three boyfriends were Black.
If this woman does not make it apparent that she did have relationships with Black males, does he outright pose the question? What will happen if her answer to his question is a no?
Will he discover the answer because she loves fried chicken, or listens to Jay-Z? What verifiable evidence would lead him to say…
Aha, I knew you were tainted by a Black Mandingo Warrior.
In my opinion, you can have whatever views you desire when it involves race. I only ask that you remain logical in these views. In short, make sense. Do not say…
I don’t want you with him because crime stats show Blacks make up the largest percentage of criminals
I don’t want you with him because he will get you pregnant and leave
I don’t want you with him because I heard they like hitting their women
These views are irrelevant, unless the person in question is actually a criminal, abandons their children and is physically abusive. You are making a human issue, into a racially driven one. That is illogical.
This is why I laugh at these individuals, because making sense and their perspective are on different sides of the country, with no mode of transportation to bring them together. In other words, their perspective is usually absent of critical thinking.
This is my perspective. I am far more interested in reading yours. What do you think of the quote? Please do not shy away from responding.
In all honesty, what image do you have of Black males? When you compile your personal experience and media coverage, what is your overall conclusion?