Daily Archives: August 3, 2007

Color Blind Racism

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I have been reading a few other Blogs with a resonating theme of becoming color blind or getting over racism and everything is equal let’s put the past where it belongs in the past. All these themes sound fine and dandy but, there is a phenomenal flaw with them all. It just so happens that things are so UN-equal right now that I don’t believe that we can just shake hands, kiss and make up, wipe the slate clean or whatever term you like for letting bygones be bygones. There still is this small issue of wealth distribution and white privilege.

Unfortunately, when slavery ended white people of the time decided that the years and years of hard work that blacks gave for free was theirs to keep. Too bad so sad for you I guess was their thinking. Well that right there made a chasm so wide it makes the Grand Canyon look like a crack. What I am talking about is the fact that whites have been able to capitalize on free labor, and then pass that nice little nickel down to their future generations. It’s not a coincidence that blacks are ten times more likely to be under the poverty line, than whites. I know white people are rolling their eyes right now muttering how they aren’t living with wealth and so on. I mean that in terms of accumulated wealth the majority of whites start off ahead or even, while most blacks start off behind practically owing from the start. This is due to the fact that white families are able to contribute money to a newly moved out young adult. Most blacks do not have the disposable income to do this, so their children have to borrow for the first move.

Because the fact that white people are in control of every aspect of things in ones daily life, such as schools, government and companies, gives them privilege in society. People again are rolling eyes, huffing deep breaths and denying the truth. Doing all this is a lot easier than looking at America for the unfair, unequal, blatantly racist place that it is. I know, why I don’t just leave if it is this bad, and go where that doesn’t also have its own racial woes. Not even Africa is safe for blacks with the issues and problems they have. But, the issue is not whether or not I like it here or not, the issue is when are either whites going to stop playing this oblivious role and own up to the fact that they know, capitalize from and frankly don’t care about the fact that white privilege exists. Or, blacks wake up and divorce themselves from a society that does not value them.

But, unfortunately blacks won’t do that so back to whites putting it to an end, but what is the incentive for whites to stop white privilege and turn “color blind”, there is none. Whites will not give up the advantage, and that’s not to say that blacks would if the tables were turned. I don’t think that any group would be willing to give up that last bit of convenience that keeps them in power. So, unfortunately as a community we blacks need to get it together and get what we need from life by helping each other. Gentrify our own neighborhoods, save our own schools, and patronize our own establishments. We can’t wait around forever receiving crumbs as we continue begging at the big house like the poor country cousins.

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