We’re all making more money today says the CNN anchor, yet the gap between blacks and whites are getting wider. The report shows that white women’s pay is up more than five fold while white men stayed relatively stagnant. Black men on the other hand income has dropped yet they touted that income offsets by gains among black women. On CNN’s website the story goes on to say that the average black family was making only 58% of the average white family. They also said that most people think that the playing field for blacks and whites has been leveled.
Marc Morial, president and CEO of the National Urban League said that the disparities that we see between the two races is because of inadequate schools in black neighborhoods, workplace discrimination and too many black families with only one parent. It was also noted that middle income blacks were not passing wealth on to their children while white families in middle and poor classes were. This tells of the inherent wealth that comes with white privilege. Even though this factor seems to never get reported.
But ask any person with a white mindset and the playing field “IS” even. Explain that the disparity has existed since slavery ended, the excuses run from blacks don’t have the experience to blacks don’t make education a priority. We have black people such as John McWhorter, Shelby Steele, Bill Cosby and Stanley Crouch who love to say that blacks have the same opportunity as any white person and if we just work hard and pull on our bootstraps we will undoubtedly be just as well off as our white counterpart. Now how is that, when reports like this continue to come out? It is obvious that white business does not feel we are as valuable or worth the same pay as our white counterpart. Neither working hard nor a college education is a guarantee of anything which I spoke to in my article “College Degrees Don’t Ensure Employment For Blacks.”
So where are all these outraged people white and black to protest the fact that the obvious white privilege is getting worse when it comes to being able to support our families? It is interesting how so many people claim that they aren’t racist and they support equal rights, yet what about equal rights to have equaled pay? So now aren’t we in violation of the Universal Declaration where article 23 just happens to state: (2) everyone, without any discrimination, has the right to equal pay for equal work. I guess this doesn’t apply to blacks in America.
We will send our army out to other nations and force them to follow the Universal declaration yet we won’t bother to force ourselves to uphold it. You constantly hear people complaining about how there are so many inequities for people in different Middle Eastern countries, China or how about North Korea and we are still telling our black community to bend over, shut up and take it. If it wasn’t so pathetic I would laugh since we are a ludicrous nation of people who constantly look at our race problems and say “uh, uh, I don’t see nuthin’, there isn’t anything wrong with our system of living. The status quo is just fine for white folks so what’s the problem?”
Then as soon as blacks get unemployment, welfare or better yet affirmative action then we are the ones looking for a handout or special treatment. Yet, white people having higher wages that are still leaving blacks in the dust isn’t special treatment, white affirmative action or some sort of white only welfare. It seems to me that a serious shake up or shake down of corporate America needs to happen and soon in order for blacks to be able to just get a fair shake and a level playing field. But, if we continue to allow the same people who are putting us in this situation now to “continue” running things, we will never have a fair shake or a level playing field.
Yet like I have said before we as a black community continue to sit idle all the while letting the rapist who have been raping us for years tell us what is or isn’t rape. Letting them take the wheel to drive us to equality when this study shows they have no intention of driving us anywhere except right to the poor house. Let me and others talk of putting an end to this white supremacist run system and then I’m the racist. Talk of blacks getting together to take the catalyst out of our lives and I’m some sort of separatist who wants to ruin the black community by depriving them of white society. Please, you don’t see antelope on the plains of Africa looking to live closer to the lions which ravages their numbers. But somehow this is exactly what whites and blacks with a white mindset would have us do.
Unfortunately, I believe that it is far too late to run, so we must find a way to break free from this tyranny that the people with their white mindsets are placing on us. Level playing field, equality, these are misnomers that those benefiting from there opposites would like for us to believe will be coming one day soon, when in fact they have no intentions of allowing that. What would be gained for them to level the playing field, what benefit would be gotten from equality? Of course the answer is nothing since they are already benefiting from the way thing are now. Since we see they will gain nothing we should know that it is up to us to take it upon ourselves to level the playing field.