Black people have learned not to be defined by history. Not to be defined by environment. Not to be defined by judgments. We are defined by our actions.
Some people opposed ending slavery because they benefitted from supremacy and/or they were full of hate. Others ignored the problem and did nothing, because they were weak.
Some people opposed the Civil Rights Movement because they benefitted from supremacy and/or they were full of hate. Others ignored the problem and did nothing, because they were weak.
Today, people oppose the BLM Movement or do nothing. I wonder why.
Why the backlash against standing up for black issues?
Why deny provable truths (ex: Black people have a history of being treated unfairly. Stereotyping and Jim Crow laws are ingrained in the judicial system. Society was structured to benefit white people)?
Why judge people/situations that are outside your range of experience or understanding?
What does it hurt for a person of color to be given the same rights and opportunities that are promised to all Americans? Why does it take a movement to get it?
The answer escapes me, unless you believe in white supremacy or you are comfortable ignoring/denying the truth.
You know the cliché ‘those who don’t learn from history are forced to repeat it.’ White people, your unfixed, unlearned from history is supremacy. If you excuse injustice, you haven’t learned. If you deny the truth, you haven’t learned. If you judge the fight wrong, you haven’t learned. If you oppose a movement to finally get it right, you. haven’t. learned.
Black people have a history as well. But we’re not repeating our mistakes. We’ve learned. Ending slavery did not equal freedom. We’ve learned that lesson so you will never put us back there. That is why we fought for Civil Rights. But, Civil Rights did not get us equal rights. We’ve learned that lesson so you will not be able to keep us there. Throughout history, you have taken authority over our lives, yet, our lives have not mattered to you. But they matter to us. We have taken back that stolen authority. We have learned the lesson, your supremacy only works when we are obedient to it. When we believe it. When we accept it.
And now, we don’t.
We don’t care if you disagree. We don’t care if you dislike our methods. We don’t care about your insults or how you judge us. We have learned from history and we will not repeat it.
How about you?
I imagine it’s a bit crazy being an average white person today. Being brought up in the security and comfort of a privilege you didn’t realize you had. Proud of your history, proud of your heritage, proud of your accomplishments as a race. Trying to be the best person you can be and following your honest beliefs. Then, you get hit with this movement that calls bullshit on your understanding.
You are being forced to recognize truths and live in a reality you’ve never experienced. You are attached to a history of hate. Now, people look at you with judgment. You get stereotyped. You’re being profiled. And, worst (by worst, I mean best) of all, many of your own race agree with the assessments.
How do you deal?
1 –you can push back, deny the truth and wait for your history to repeat itself again.
2 –you can deal with it. Learn the truth. Live the truth and join the fight for what is right.
3 –you can ignore the truth, be weak and wait for your history to repeat itself again.
You do not have to be defined by your history. You do not have to be defined by your environment. You do not have to be defined by judgments. But you will be defined by your actions.