Date registered: Jan 2007
Vehicle: My Two Left Feet
Location: S.D. Cali
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I have touched on this topic in a most recent thread I think started by Designo_E320. I think QBN, for you to ask those questions is what most don't do and some would rather past judgment prior to seeking knowledge.
African American people are no different then the generations of people affected bey large populations discriminating against those they don't understand. Ellis Island is a perfect example. I use New York because that is where I am from and understand the most.
America in general has a long history of being a melting pot of cultures yet it has been the main stage for violent acts of racism since the American Indians. All cultures how came here has experienced on a large scale some form of racism. It takes education of ones self and the passing of knowledge to the next generation to eliminate such acts of racism.
As a Black man. There are many things that is a fact that even none Black people will admit too, whether you like it or not. Black people are still discriminated against today. I am a kind hearted person that would starve before robbing somebody, extremely GOD fearing. Yet, ever since I could remember I would be walking and some lady would stugg her hand bag as if I am about to rob her. That has happened at least 3 times a week even till this day.
Cops, do stop you for no reason. I remember walking into a store in Queens and a cop stopped me, frisked me in the store in front of everyone, and all I did was walk from the train station to the store and was going home. I didn't even know he followed me.
As I got older I got used to it, but it did make me mad, because I couldn't understand why this would happen. At one point I walked right up to a lady and said "Your own cousin would rob you before I would, so don't worry about me".
One thing that must be stated is if you don't constantly go through this on a daily bases, getting turned away from things, having people raise the prices on you because they expect you to not have the money and just leave, being turned down for an apartment in a good neighborhood just to be told by the Realtor for the same price we have something smaller in the hood you'd might like, you wouldn't understand why Black people think the way we do.
Truth be told, now its up to Black people like myself and others to teach our kids not to hate because of this. 2 Negatives don't make a right. It truly has to do with ones self. Yes, there are more under privileged Black people living in American Cities then there are successful but keep in mind, the Black buying power has changed in the past 40 years and now we as a market group have become very powerful in the scope of the American Economy.
I wont stick on the fact that there are a lot of Black people who are in jail, but it is extremely easier for a Black man to go to jail in the hood then for any other race.
If you ask me there is still a racial divide amongst all cultures. One can view this as preservation of ones heritage or plane old racisms. I have gone to Highland games and was one out of 3 Black men there out of 1,000's of people and still felt proud that I could even be there and enjoy other cultures, as too I welcome any body into my families life style to learn and enjoy ours.
I personally don't feel suppressed nore will I ever let a social stigma define my person. I am 100% successful in my own right. "But", there are 100's of 1,000's of Black people out there that don't believe they can make it. Mother's choosing welfare over education do to early child births, brothers choosing easy money over education. It is these factors that create a trickle down affect in areas populated by Black people. These reoccurring situations causes one to believe things that aren't true.
You are what you make your self to be, I am SlyByDesign. If I constantly told myself that I am in the hood, I am Black so they wont like me, I need to be a thug to gain respect from my peers or I need to fight the "System" because its built against me, my family was suppressed so I am suppressed than these are the natural things I believe and release on the world.
I can go on about where I am from and what I did, but I will say this, that if any body truly believes there can be a change in the mentality of "us" Black people it would have to start at the heart of the problem. Self doubt, we have to some how re-train the thought of a group of people that they can make something better of them selves. We have to put into place a system not structured to make some one feel helpless but helped. We have to put into affect better learning centers for deprived areas.
3. Paul Hamm, Gymnast: I owe a lot to my parents, especially my mother and father.