This is one of the pondering questions on my mind today.
You can go on any website these days and find a myriad of topics dedicated to bringing down “Whitey” and I have contributed to these discussions over the years, but as an intelligent woman; and one who is a deep thinker by nature; I had to ask: Are Black People Allowing White People To Harm Them?
We had the Civil Rights movement of the sixties. That should have taken care of it right? but then, 20 years after the movement; the crack epidemic hit the Black community hard. And Black activists blamed the government. However, I have to challenge the notion that for one, no one is making you take drugs. An individual MAKES THE CHOICE to do it. Drug dealers exist because people want what they are selling. And who is that?
One can’t expect others to be responsible for their moral choices. When one is faced with a challenge to their ethics, values, safety, spirituality, etc., the response of the individual to such forces expose the innate nature within.
Yes, white people have used racism as a structured system to exploit Black people. However, there are laws now that protect minorities from such exploitation. When poverty, ignorance, and violence permeate a community, that is called APATHY . Literally, people just stop caring.
No. I’m not telling Black people to GET OVER IT. That is all too common a response from whites when Blacks try to explain how racism has impacted America and individuals. However, what I am saying is that we have to truly become the masters of our lives and stop allowing others to dictate to us who we are.