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Thursday, June 5, 2008

A Sign of Progressiveness [/Extreme Sarcasm]



*Sighs* I took the above pic at Astor Place on the 6 train line in liberal, progressive NYC. Whatever. There are neighborhoods that my Black ass wouldn't be caught dead in. The South isn't anymore racist than the North and I'm sick of the myth suggesting that the South is worse. The South has James Byrd, Jr. and The North has Sean Bell. No need to argue.

I was livid when I read that insult in the above pic. I felt very hurt. I felt insulted. I saw red. Like I haven't been this enraged in my life. The type of rage I had is the kind that you have after watching a marathon of Roots, Eyes on the Prize, and the Rodney King beating video. That's how pissed I was.

Racism always tests my rationale. Acts like this always leave me distrustful of White people. I know it's wrong. I know plenty of good White people. I should know better but. I know. But I can't help the thoughts that run through my mind when I'm angry. Who knows if the vandal is actually White though.

With all of this hatred leveled at Obama, I wonder "Why are White people scared of us?" "What warrants the hatred?" They make up over 75% of the country so what gives? Is there a fear of a revolution amongst Black people? I don't see that happening. A number of us Black folks are content with their byproducts of Americanism (e.g., HD TVs, iPods, auto financing), think racism is becoming a thing of the past, or are riddled with apathy. Then there's the number of us who know the obstacles that we face yet continue to persevere. I'm a member of the aforementioned group but still I wonder how that works. Like how mentally stable are we?

Does racism seem a tad bit overt now since Obama's campaign? How should one deal with racism? What say you?

5 comments:

Torrance Stephens bka All-Mi-T said...

coward should have put his face up
and they are a sore looser

Anonymiss said...

Torrance,
What's more cowardly is that the slur can be found at the very front of the train platform where riders aren't allowed to stand.

It was written on a door (I guess the mechanical room) next to the re-entry of the train tunnel.

I really wanted to beat the brakes off of somebody.

Yellow Dog said...

Proof Positive that Now Is Our Time! Obama is the one who can put America Barack on track.

Erica said...

"The South has James Byrd, Jr. and The North has Sean Bell. No need to argue."...great point. That's what makes the issue of racism so hard to tackle because the approach has changed form.We dont just have to worry about the blatant racist rednecks who call us "niggers" to our faces, but the pseudo-intellectuals from the north who hold the same beliefs but manifest it in a more subtle, careful way. They're both wrong. But the latter is just better at hiding it. check out my blog, i just started it up.

blackwomenblowthetrumpet.blogspot.com said...

Hey there! {waves}

The racism will continue to escalate now that Obama is assured the presidency...and I believe that there are assassination plans by white supremacy groups...this racial hatred that was brewing under the surface and is now FULL BLOWN out in the open is not something for the Obama camp to take lightly....

The approaches to address racism I undertake depend upon the setting I am in and the severity of the actions....

Thanks for having this conversation at your blog!!

Peace, blessings and DUNAMIS!
Lisa