i have not addressed the recent onslaught of open and blatant racism in america
, but the straw has broken the camel's back. this is absolutely ridiculous and totally unacceptable. there is no other side. there is no explanation. if you don't agree that enough is enough, then it's time for you to re-evaluate you. you cannot have any sense of empathy or justice if you feel that things have not gone over the top.
that said, the american
government and leadership has made it onto my ish
list too because they have done nothing but go through the motions to make it look like they give a crap. this is no surprise. the government could really care less about african
, and anybody of color for that matter. just think back to hurricane katrina
. i felt such pleasure when kanye
west said that "george
bush does not care about black people" on LIVE television. (sidebar: i felt horrible when he apologized for it though. he lost a lot of my respect for that one. everybody can be bought though) he doesn't care and neither does the rest of the government. the fact that hundreds of heads haven't rolled since all this nonsense started is sickening. if you are white in american
, you can do no wrong (as long as it is not to another white person)!!! i guess we have to change the way we are teaching our youth (that is, youth of color): america
is not fair, and this is how you operate in a society that cares nothing about you unless you are of a certain tax bracket, and even then, you are just, in the best of circumstances, a black dollar sign.
thinking back to my childhood, i can remember having to learn some of these hard lessons from my parents, extended families' stories about the kkk
and racism in the 60s and 70s, friends, and just growing up in the south. i just shake my head that all this is still going on in 2007. it's unreal.
knowing all of this, what can we as a people do? where do we start? how do we get organized? everyday is a constant grind and having to deal with so much more than work and school everyday is exhausting. i think back to the phrase, "when the going gets tough, the tough get going." i offer this post as a challenge to all of my friends and family (and other faithful readers) out there to begin an effort to consciously think about ways of effecting change, making a plan, and executing said plan. the going has been tough for as long as we know, and it is just getting tougher as america
has turned her back on us. what will you do in response? my senior year in high school, just before we played our cross-town rival in football, our head coach's last words were: "if you can't get pumped up for this one, then you have a whole in your tire"!!! is your tire flat?
i write all this as kanye
west blasts in my headphones at work........."wait 'til i get my money right, then you can't tell me nothing."
so motivated right now. it's gametime
p.s. - read this article first for background
/ then read this article