We live in a post-racial society.
What a load of bullshit. The thing is everyone knows this isn’t true. What I believe is that the majority of people don’t want the truth. They want the appearance of the truth. The truth is our country is just as racist as it was 50 years ago. Whether covert or overt, racism is racism. This is something I’ve always seen. Because of my experiences I talk about race relations and see color. I’ve blogged about the times where I’ve been called “nigger” to my face by a white person. This doesn’t make me racist. I’m a realist. Over the past week between social media and CNN I’ve seen plenty of examples of racism that are completely contrary to claims of our post-racial country.
1. An Iraqi woman was beaten to death with a xenophobic note laying next to her. A week before a letter was left at her home saying “This is our country, not yours, you terrorists..” This woman was a mother of five and was beaten with a tire iron. The police are investigating this as possible hate crime. You think? Oft times we think that racism only includes black people but we forget that others are discriminated and terrorized. The real terrorist in this case are the soulless individuals who would beat down a 32 year old woman in her own home only for the reason of being different from them. But you know since she’s Iraqi her story will probably be forgotten by the end of the week.
2. The Hunger Games. Like half the country I fell into the Hunger Games hysteria and read the trilogy a couple weeks back. I really liked the book. While some were interested in the love story portrayed in the book I was more enthralled with the revolutionary aspect of the books. I love stories of acts of defiance and when people rebel in the face of tyranny. With that said I made it a point to see The Hunger Games opening weekend. Monday morning I was saddened to see that racist fans voicing their displeasure in the fact that the most likable characters (mainly Rue) were played by African Americans. Obviously not only are these people racist but they also lack reading comprehension skills. Its not easy to cast a character described as having dark skinned as a white girl. The thing is these people really cheered for Rue. They saw her in a positive light. Someone who they perceived as pure and virtuous. They ignored the fact that people in her district were described as having darker skin. Don’t tell these same people that Jesus Christ isn’t white. They might have a conniption.
3. Issa Rae (creator of Awkward Black Girl) won a Shorty award for her web series. I follow her on twitter and she retweeted a lot of negative comments people had to say. Here is one example. I don’t know who Anthony Cumia is or the quality of his work but he lost. Calling Issa a niggrette makes you come off as sad and pathetic. There are people in this country who feel that no matter how talented a black person may be they will never measure up to anything that a white person does. I’ve experienced this and its sad that people think so negatively towards an entire race based on nothing but the color of their skin. Since I’m a glutton for punishment I clicked on that woman’s timeline. If you feel like shaking your head in disgust do the same.
4. Deryl Dedmon received life in prison last week after pleading guilty to the crime of running a black man over in his truck, killing him. He admitted that he and some friends got drunk and drove to Jackson, Mississippi to harass and beat up a black person. He admitted it was a hate crime and while running over James Anderson in his truck he yelled “White power”. Now this happened in Mississippi in 2011, not 1941. Not 1951. Not 1961 but 2011. Another teen who was also involved in the beating before Anderson was run over was only charged with simple assault. Really Mississippi? Really? This is why I think Mississippi is the worst state in the Union and its on my list of states I wish we could trade .
So for everyone who asks me why I continue to speak on issues concerning race and race relations just take a look at the news and you’ll find out. Then again as Malcolm X stated, “The media’s the most powerful entity on earth. They have the power to make the innocent guilty and to make the guilty innocent, and that’s power. Because they control the minds of the masses.” If you listen to mass media you would think all of Black America’s problems are solved because we elected a black president and if you wear a hoodie then you’re a wannabe thug. Speaking of I purposely didn’t touch on the Trayvon Martin story but it goes without saying that this is definitely an example of why America is far from post racial.
- Other states I would gladly dimiss from the union are Virginia, South Carolina and Florida.