Black Lives Matter as a subject for discussion at a time of polarized race relations.
It is not my intention to foster hatred or to create social unrest and antagonism between races. The purpose of this post is to highlight institutional racism which marginalizes the development of black people and ensures white privileges. Some white people may not even be aware that they are the beneficiaries of white privileges but we cannot turn a blind eye to what institutional racism is doing to the lives of minority groups.
“The winds of despair”, Bahá’u’lláh wrote, “are, alas, blowing from every direction, and the strife that divides and afflicts the human race is daily increasing. The signs of impending convulsions and chaos can now be discerned, inasmuch as the prevailing order appears to be lamentably defective.” This prophetic judgement has been amply confirmed by the common experience of humanity.
Racism and the ideology of White Supremacy still pervade the minds of too many in Today’s World, we must do all we can to end this fallacious concept, it is evil and has no place in our societies. For my part I will without hesitation expose racism whenever I see it in action, regardless of which race it is coming from.
“The nigger, like the Injun, will be eliminated: it is the law of races, history, what-not,” Walt Whitman
The above disgusting statement was made by a man who was “an American poet, essayist, and journalist. A humanist, he was a part of the transition between transcendentalism and realism, incorporating both views in his works. Whitman is among the most influential poets in the American canon, often called the father of free verse”. Source Wikipedia – Even the learned and literary accomplished, can be disgustingly ignorant and belittle their professed intelligence with such decadent thoughts.
Here is another despicable example of virulent and untrammeled racism coming from a man who was supposedly representing the people of Mississippi.
Let us not delude ourselves, the mentality of Andrew Johnson, Woodrow Wilson and Theodore Bilbo is alive and well in America today.
Love changes all things
It is good to love all people because we are part of the human family but sometimes we meet those rare, unique and special souls who help us to truly appreciate our capacity to love because loving them feels so good and so right.
“Our minds are neither black of white, there is no black or white love there is only love, there is no black or white kindness, there is only kindness, there is no black or white hunger there is only hunger, there is no black or white illness, there is only illness, there is no black or white friendship, there is only friendship, there is no black or white death, there is only death”.
Not all white people are racists.
Black Wall Street
The Exclusionary Clause
Between 1844 and 2001 the State of Oregon had an exclusionary clause which prevented black people from legally living on Oregon
I have never experienced open and hostile racism, the racism I have experienced were very subtle and could be considered innocuous if taken outside of the condescending element of the occurrence and the greater purpose behind the reaction to the occasion.
When the white lady in Hamilton Ontario tearfully asked me not to marry her daughter, she was embarrassingly polite, and assured me that she was was not a racist, this was after the night when she told me that she did not know, I would know what a toilet was, what less be able to fix one and she thought that Jamaica was in Africa.
I was not angry or offended because I realized how far removed she was from understanding that love transcends all boundaries and races and that a black man could fix a broken toilet which her son a white man could not fix.
I was on a long road trip in the United States driving all across the Southern States and I went to a hotel in the boondocks of Tennessee to book a room, the two white male receptionists refused to speak to me.
I walked out of that hotel and went to another one where I was welcomed and treated like I was a real person and not an undesirable representation of the wrong race. The person at this hotel was also white but the treatment was totally different.
I drive for thousands of miles when I am in the United States and I have been stopped many times by the police but I have never had a bad experience, that is why it is so shocking to me when I see the way some black people are treated by the police during a traffic stops.
In my line of work as a hospitality service provider 95% of my clients are white and the experience is more than 95% positive, there was one occasion when a young lady openly spoke about her bad experience with the niggers in Jamaica, without hesitation I told he that if she used that term again she would be ejected from the tour, she apologized and tried to be polite to the extent that it was embarrassing.
There are occasions when some people find it difficult to believe that my ability to speak English and my knowledge of my work was acquired on an island.
Why have I said all this, I did because everything I have said is indisputable evidence that black and white people can work and socialize together in harmony.
The fact that I visit the United States every year and I have never had a bad racist experience does not mean that there is no racism against black people in America, because there is, but is shows that there has been some improvement.
When we see the number of white people supporting “Black Liver Matter” not only in America but internationally and from some of the traditionally racist countries, it is a positive sign that changes are taking place in people’s hearts.
To see White People in Portland Oregon standing up for Black Lives Matter, is an absolutely remarkable thing to see, Oregon is the only state in the United States which had an exclusionary clause in their constitution preventing Black People from legally living in the State of Oregon.
I believe it was Confucius who said “To jerk a mind out of its established routine, very powerful influence must be brought to bear” Racism and the white supremacy ideology have been an intrinsic part of the American white dominated culture for such a long time, it cannot be easily erased. I remember in Jamaica this kid from Arkansas casually told me “down here we call you’ll blacks, in Benton we call em niggers” He did not say it with any malice or intention to offend me, he said it like he was telling me that the rain is falling, in his mind it was just a fact of the life he knew.
To suggest that there has not been tremendous progressive changes would be retrogressive to the aspiration to achieve total equality.
White Supremacist America is suddenly like an aging giant having difficulty accepting that he can no longer dominate and control the weak and helpless who have grown strong and are no longer afraid of him.
Having come to realize that his days are numbered the aging giant is bellowing as loudly as he can and plans to wreak as much havoc and destruction as he can before he is finally thrown down and be trampled upon by the iron shod feet of change in its unstoppable march to justice and equality. I speak figuratively of the replacement of a decadent ideology with an enlightened and just one, under which all the people can live in harmony without fear of oppression.
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