"Wisdom is knowing the truth, and telling it."~~Unknown
Saturday, May 28, 2011
The Birth of Jim Crow
I swear I thought that these days had ended and we were living in post-racial America. Yup, blacks would stop singing We Shall Overcome and toast to peace and equality with our white brothers and sisters. All stereotypes would be discarded and replaced with positive uplifting of one another. We'd start working together on making America a better place for ALL people to live in peace with one another. Well...at least that was the fantasy everyone was, simultaneously, having when President Barack Obama got elected.
However, that is not exactly how things worked out. Nope! Instead old man racism has come out in full force to start some mess and to birth Jim Crow. The birthing of Jim Crows starts with stereotyping negative images of blacks like this one. Of course, they need a few "Sellouts" to attack blacks to make their argument legit. To add weight to their argument they create denigrating, so-called scientific theories regarding physical features and diseases. Moreover, the intelligence of blacks is dismissed as nonexistent. Not to mention, sneaky racist whites who grin in your face and behind your back are trying to sabotage you or playing undercover spy.
With the economy being fragile as it is right and opportunities scarce right about now that results in the next ingredients for Jim Crow, white folks begin complaining, especially when think that there is a chance that they might have to start competing with blacks for jobs. Violence against blacks while hiding behind a badge is another birthing pang. However, blacks barred from public places because of stereotypes was when the Jim Crow baby was born.
All of my life I observed people and often wondered why hatred between the human beings exists. As a black woman I have experienced it proliferated towards my people and me in myriad extreme and often subtle forms in which one could ever imagine toward a group of people.
One day, while meditating I asked the question why do people hate so much not knowing that this question would take me on a journey that would lead to an answer which has been one of the greatest deceptions in the history of mankind.
My journey has led me to the place that I am now, which is fighting against injustice, inequality, and enslavement of the minds of my people by the pharaohs of today.
Lord knows I am not perfect, nor do I profess to be. Neither are my people and no human being on earth is as a matter-of-fact. There are human flaws in every single race.
So, then my question is what gives one race the idea that they should have control over all others?