I have a little problem.
My problem is that I am a little biased towards my people. If I am in a group of strange people, I always gravitate towards the person in the room that looks like me. (I.E. Black). I would rather be around black people even though I have white friends.
But are they really my friends?
I have one white guy I really consider my friend. He is my family. This guy is my brother. We were in the Army together for the last 5 years of my military career. He lives in Northern Cali now, but we talk at least once a week.
One white guy that I consider a friend out of the hundreds of white guys I have known throughout my life.
The white guys that I hang with every now and again are cool, but would I consider them "friends"? I have never been to their houses, they have never been to mine. The few times we do see each other after work, we meet somewhere neutral. I have never met their families and they have never met mine. Some of these guys are really cool, and I would love to meet their significant others, but we just haven't gotten around to it.
Sometimes I feel that I don't have anything in common with white people. I know that the majority of white people in this country have the same feelings about life that I do. I know that they have the same fears about life that I do. I know that they love life the way I do, so I just don't understand why I feel this way.
I cannot understand why white people cannot see the America that I see. They cannot understand why I cannot see their America. I mean it does not take X-ray vision to see how hateful America is towards people of color. It does not take X-ray vision to see that the Just-us System was not designed for people of color. It does not take X-ray vision to see that the health care, housing and job markets were not designed for people of color. I heard a question this morning that Pastor Freddie Haynes the senior Pastor at Friendship West Baptist Church said he heard being asked by a commentator on Fix Noise, "Why is there even a Black Church?" Well there would be no need for a "black" church if the American Government lived up to the pretense that is written in their Declaration of Independence that all men are created equal. The black church was invented because white churches would not accept black members.
There was no problem with race until America made it one. Black people have never randomly killed white people just because of their white skin. Black people have never lynched a white man for looking at a black woman. Black people have never stopped a white person from moving into a black neighborhood. Black people have never stopped a white person from getting a job. Nobody white in America was stripped of their identity, their family, their culture, their religion, or their language. White people have never been told that they were so worthless that they are not even counted as a full human being. Nobody white has ever been subjected to what the average black person in America has been subjected to.
We have made great gains in this country considering the way it used to be for us here. We can live where we want, eat where we want, go to any school we want, even marry who we want.
All this has been accomplished by brave white people that decided to fight the status quo and go against their peers, and also by even braver Black people that were tired of being sick and tired.
I hope that I will live long enough to see the day that I feel at home where ever I choose to go in this country. I hope I will live long enough to see the day that I can truly say that I have real friends of different races, not just real friends of my race.
I hope that I will live to see the day where I don't see the world through Black eyes.
The Audacity of Hope.
Can my hopes be attained?