Written by: Peter Queen
White people are not the only problem that black people have. As black people, we also hurt ourselves. We rob and kill each other far more than white people do. I’ve been around long enough to know this because I have seen it and have lived through it. From the 60s, 70s, 80s up to now, the problems still persist because we continue to allow it to persist. We need to stop calling those who become successful “sell outs” “wanna-be’s” “Uncle-Toms” or “bourgeois” to name a few. We, as black people, need to stop tearing ourselves down and start building ourselves up. Otherwise, we will never be more than what the white people fear about us. There are abundant opportunities for all cultures and individuals in this country to succeed and be great contributors to society. We as Americans just need to get out there and just give it a try and stop making excuses every time we fail. We as black people need to stop blaming white people for all of our problems, get rid of the slave mentality that keeps us shackled to and living in the past. That doesn’t mean we should forget about the past nor pretend that racism doesn’t exist. But we need to stop dwelling on it 24/7. As long as there is ignorance, racism may never truly go away because ignorance is a condition that unfortunately is engrained in all of us in various degrees. But we can still work through it. Sure, there are assholes, idiots, dumb asses and very bad and evil people in this world, and they come in all colors. But that doesn’t mean that we can’t learn to get along.
The other problem is that we as Americans need to stop believing everything that we see in the press, because their agenda always seems to over-sensationalize everything that is bad in this country. I see so little coverage of all the great contributions that black Americans have done for this country. We contribute far more than just in the field of sports and entertainment. We have also excelled greatly in the field of business, medicine, mathematics, science, technology, ect, ect… There are plenty of books and articles out there that are easy to find on that topic. I guess black success is boring and not very newsworthy to the general media. We all need to stop drinking the kool-aide and believing all of the false narratives painted by the press.
Also, white people should not have to be forced to feel guilty about being white. Just make sure that as white people, you all don’t discriminate and prejudge us right off the bat based on our color. We may not all come from nice neighborhoods but that doesn’t mean that we are not decent and intelligent people with a deep sense of faith as well. I don’t claim to speak for all black people, and they don’t speak for me. We all have our own individual likes and dislikes, from politics, religion, taste in music, ect, ect. However, we are all trying to strive, thrive and survive in America just like everybody else. If I have offended anyone in this post, it is not my intention. However, I feel that a lot of people avoid facing certain hard facts about life. I am certain that I am not the only black person that has these views. Besides, I am on the latter half of my 50s and I am at a point in my life where I am getting tired of all of this BS! May God bless us and continue to guide us through all of our trials and tribulations.