I don’t understand some American’s complete, total, historic, systemic, and continual discrimination.
This country was founded due to people fleeing a discriminatory, intolerant Europe. Yet for every generation that has followed, some group of people has been oppressed, repressed, discriminated against, judged, and vilified.
White privilege is real. And white privilege exists. Today. One of my favorite classes was race and the law. And it’s not cuz I’m black. It’s not because black people were talked about because Hispanic, Asians, and Native Americans got some spotlight too. It highlighted thoughts and opinions about these good ol states of America.
The crazy thing is, though I see white privilege, I also see that every group that has faced discrimination discriminates against every group that comes after them. Some of my people have strong feelings about Hispanic people.
Every Middle Easterner, every Muslim is not a terrorist. They are not all out to kill the world. All of these people judging, Christians and religious folk I might add, would hate to be lumped into one category.
What if people thought every white person was a Timothy McVeigh? What if people thought every black person was one of the two DC snipers?
There’s got to come a day when we don’t judge by the color of people’s skin but the content of their character as Dr. King dreamed. In his words, injustice anywhere is still ina threat to justice everywhere. When will there be true equality?
Just looked at my nephew’s picture
Happy, smiling brown baby
He’s six months old
Even though he’s not mine
I’m excited to see him grow
I’ve thought about his future
He’s already amazing
I know I’m biased
But he’s so intelligent
Right now I’m worried
His name is Jeremiah Kaleb
But how will his story end
Will he be Oscar Grant
Killed at a transportation station
Will he be Trayvon Martin
Killed because he wore a hoodie while walking through a neighborhood
Will he be Jordan Russell Davis
Killed because his music was too loud
Will he be Kendrick Johnson
Harased then found dead, rolled up in a gym mat
Will he be Michael Brown
Killed without a weapon then slandered to cover for the cop
His life matters
Their lives mattered
No matter his intelligence or education
There is a fear
There is a threat
Simply because his skin contains more melanin
He has to walk with his head held down
His mouth closed
Subservient to a massa
Though slavery is over, the fight for civil rights ended
Because President Obama
Sits in the seat
Some say we have overcome
What really has been won
Post racial America is a fairytale
You don’t believe it
Ask Oscar, Trayvon, Jordan, Kendrick, and Michael’s families
Ask those families we don’t know about
Ask those frisked and profiled
Dr. King had a dream
Some say it was fulfilled on November 4, 2008
I think he’s still dreaming