Shortly after Obama was in office there was a few angry people who acted in some very despicable and racist ways. I even witnessed some Black people making some racist comments towards white folks. Fortunately all this was very limited and short lived, or was it? There is another side to this story. One I feel has not been told very well until more recently, because it was hard to prove one’s point without being labeled a racist your self; however, I think more and more people are starting to get it, and seeing how race has been used as a tool to help further political agendas.
I’ve always felt that Racism will never go away, until race is no longer made to be an issue. This includes things like Affirmative Action, groups specifically formulated to focus on “Black” people in any way shape or form, and even those who praised Obama’s victory as a victory for the “Black” community. I’m not saying these people or groups are racist, but that their efforts today are now backfiring and only drawing further attention to an issue that has been a very big issue throughout the history of the world; and yes with in the U.S.A. as well. However, it’s an issue that most Americans today did not grow up with, or at least not the vast majority of people that I know.
Personally, I’ve never had hard feelings or concerns towards anyone simply because of the color of there skin. Certainly there have been those whom I disagreed with, and other that seemed rather different to me at times, having grown up in an environment predominately made up of people with the same color skin as myself; however, I’ve seen people of all colors who have been rather odd looking or even right down scary for one reason or another. I’m sure plenty of people have thought the same thing about me, but you don’t see me calling them racist or getting all up in arms over it; do you?
Regardless, to my point, and the best way I know how to make it, is to quote those who’ve already been commenting on it:
According to an e-mail forwarded to me, originating from Lloyd himself, After this interview Lloyd was “threatened physical . . . called me a “Toxic Negro”. . . a sell out . . . a minstrel” gotten e-mails “express[ing] their outrage towards [him] by using the typical “F” and “N” bombs every other word”.
Certainly these comments wouldn’t be coming from White supremacists, or KKK members, would they? More likely they come from those who have been thought that they must fight for equal rights because of their skin color. They have been told that because of an unchangeable feature they were born with, they must have assistance and special privileges to over come something that happened to their ancestors over a hundred years ago. They may even have been told that white people are the enemy, and in doing so have been thought to be racist.
Lloyd said it even better himself, “I received angry emails from blacks who said I should be ashamed of myself. Apparently, they believe my not resenting whites and America is a betrayal of my blackness. I no longer feel the need to be patient with racist blacks. Just as we do not tolerate the KKK and white supremacists, we should not give a pass to racist blacks. Racism is evil…period.”
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I came across this interesting video on racism the day after posting this…