I keep seeing this word tolerance pop up when I am looking at instances of racism. I have even found a website called Tolerance.org whose sole purpose is to fight hate by promoting tolerance. WTF is up with this whole tolerance thing, I understand that we would like to rid this country of racism, but is tolerance the only option. Tolerance is a term being used in a social and cultural context within America or white America’s dealing with the black community. The term tolerance is widely viewed as some sort of anti-discrimination doctrine that is often touted by those in power. But, we can look at it from another angle. To me the word tolerance implies that something is wrong with blacks and therefore whites will just have to tolerate it. When in actuality I believe that it is the blacks who have had to do all the tolerating and I don’t understand why we continue to tolerate such abhorrent behaviors from America as a whole.
Bernard Lewis shows the definition of tolerance as “I am in charge. I will allow you some though not all of the rights and privileges that I enjoy, provided that you behave yourself according to rules that I will lay down and enforce.” This is a pertinent statement as it exactly represents how blacks in America are being held down by the white ruling class. I know that people want to jump immediately to the statement I just made and call it a defeatist or victim attitude, but if you look at the disparity in the life experience that we vs. whites have in this country; there is a phenomenal gap. Therefore I call my view one of honest realism. Look at our lives you see that we have a higher instance of shoddy healthcare, justice, wages (if we get a job), living standards, wealth building, education, and in purchasing power such as, obtaining credit, homes, cars or goods and services. Those wonderful things that most Caucasians can take for granted.
This last paragraph brings me back to the issue of why we as a black community tolerate this type of habituation, allowing ourselves to settle for this inferior treatment that we so often receive. We have been so conditioned over the years to not only accept this treatment but to expect it and worse yet to dish it out to our own. Criticizing ourselves at every opportunity and for what, to show the ruling class just how assimilated we are; “see boss I’m just like you.” Yet, we will in fact tolerate that crazy behavior and even praise it when it happens. Take your Bill Cosby, Shelby Steele and John McWhorter types, constantly barraging the black community with take responsibility, pull yourself up by your bootstraps and if so and so can do it so can you. These statements are a ridiculous bi-product of people who willingly refuse to look at the big picture. If I have ten kids and I only let a couple into the kitchen, is it then fair to tell the others that they need to take responsibility for the fact that they are so skinny. According to these fellows it is and the kids should be doing more to try and get into the kitchen.
Unfortunately, I believe that you can’t create a system where YOU are subjugating people and enthusiastically denying them equal pieces of the big life pie, then turn around and blame them for the fact that they don’t have a larger piece. All the while rewarding and praising those subjugated fools who decide to help spread the message of confusion, creating a class of people who are full of self hate, doubt and bewilderment. Hard work can only take you so far, then it comes down to whether you fit into white societies definition of an acceptable black, which is one that is a white clone willing to subjugate themselves to white society all neatly packaged in black skin.