Sunday, May 31, 2009
When are you people just going to get over slavery?
I had a conversation with one of my co-workers the other day about race. This is a white dude, and we have talked about race before. We have had the conversation about "why can you say nigger and I can't". We have had the conversation about Jesse and Al, and how he thought they were racist. We have talked about crime and drug dealing and all the stereotypes about black men that he had grown up believing. You see this dude was born privileged, whereas I was born one cornflake away from starving,so this dude and I are complete opposites, but we are cool like that.
We started this conversation off with a movie that we both enjoyed, THE BANK JOB. This is a pretty good movie. For those of you that have not seen it, it is about a crew of second rate thieves that are tasked by the British government to break into a bank vault and steal some pictures of one of the Royals getting her freak on with two big black bucks. Of course the thieves do not know it is the government that they are working for, or what they are actually stealing. The rub is that the guy that has the pictures is a Black revolutionary, pimp and drug dealer, that is blackmailing the government with these pictures in order to stay out of jail.
Well, in one scene the pimp puts a dog collar around a white man's neck and says he is going to bend him to his will the same way the white man's ancestors had bent his ancestors to their will.
Well my coworker said that this scene pissed him off, and his question was.....
When are Black people going to get over slavery?
He wanted to know why we blame him for something that his great-grandfather did 140 years ago.
Well, like I said, me and this dude have gone down this road before. I like talking to him because by talking out our differences we learn that we are really not to far apart in our thought process.
I had to explain to him that even though the great emancipator did free the slaves 140 years ago, he did not really grant us any freedom. We were still slaves mentally and in some cases physically. We were still looked at as being inferior to the "master" race. I proceeded to tell him that if you wanted to get technical about it, we did not see any real freedom until the 60's.
40 some years ago.
I told him that even though slavery was a very bad thing, slavery was not really the problem. There have been slaves since the beginning of time. Black people were not the first slaves in History, and we won't be the last.
The problem was (and in some cases still is), the treatment of the slaves.
Treating people like animals is not a good thing.
Denying basic human rights to a fellow human is bad.
Eliminating a person's culture, religion, language and heritage is not good.
Forcing a person to accept another religion, culture, language and heritage and then treating them like an outsider when they are doing everything that is asked of them, is very, very bad.
I told him that this is why slavery is still a very sore subject with American Blacks.
I told him that most Black Americans do not blame today's white person for anything. But I told him that there are still some white people today that have the same views that their great-grandparents had.
I told him that American Blacks are playing catch-up in a game that is being orchestrated by the powers (white)that be.I told him that most American Blacks have not figured out the rules to this game because the rules keep changing. When ever a Black person gets close to learning the rules, the powers (white) that be do a change up and make an amendment.
Example.... White People have been voting based on race since they came up with the the rules for voting, but when a black man gets elected to lead them based on the rules they came up with, now voting based on race is a bad thing?
I told him that is why we act the way we do. It is proven everyday that we will not be treated fairly under the rules that we are forced to obey, so we have to make our own.
Contrary to popular belief, the playing field is not level, even with a half-black man as president.