An interesting question popped up on my Facebook timeline:
Can Blacks truly be racist?
The thinking here is that Blacks have been on the wrong side of racism for generations. We’ve been enslaved (still are depending on how you look at things), discriminated against, shot at, stepped on, sprayed at, jailed, impoverished and brainwashed. If Blacks have endured all of this trauma, can we really be racist against the color of people who put us through that?
Yes. Blacks have been despicably and flamboyantly racist for a long time.
Stacey Dash last year called out Blacks for being racist and she was immediately mocked and viciously attacked by the cyber-bullies of Black Twitter.
“We have to make up our minds. Either we want to have segregation or integration. And if we don't want segregation, then we need to get rid of channels like BET and the BET Awards and the Image Awards where you're only awarded if you're black. If it were the other way around, we would be up in arms. It's a double standard.”
What these left wing trolls and their followers don’t realize is that they are being far more racist than any White man could ever be.
Imagine a grand awards show, let’s call it the Caucasian Music Awards, hosted by the Whitest of all Whites. We will go with Ryan Seacrest. The show’s purpose is to highlight and acknowledge excellence in White music. All of your winners would be White. Riff Raff would win Hip-Hop Artist of the Year (kill me now!). Ariana Grande wins Best R&B Artist. Vicki Yohe wins Gospel Artist of the Year. Miley Cyrus is your Queen of Pop. All of the presenters are White. The audience is whiter than a group of doves and polar bears in a snow storm. #AllWhiteEverything would be trending.
If this ever happened there would be Black demonstrations from the Bay area to Baltimore crying racism. But it’s alright for Blacks to do it? The BET Awards only acknowledges Black excellence, so does the BET Hip-Hop Awards, so does The Source Music Awards and BET’s Black Girls Rock. Far too often we try to fight fire with a flamethrower. Sometimes it’s better to fight a blaze with water. We cannot hope to combat racism and bigotry with more racism and bigotry.
All of the specialized months that we honor (Black History Month, Hispanic Heritage Month, LGBT Pride Month, Asian Heritage Month, etc.) is modern day apartheid. Eric L. McDaniel, who is an associate professor at the University of Texas at Austin, agrees:
“People need to be aware of the rhetoric and policies of the past. Black history month organizers should work diligently to make people understand that this is about American history. As long as the history of Blacks, Latinos, Asian, Gays or other marginalized groups is ghettoized and treated as separate from American history, the nation will continue to make the same mistakes. Ignoring or belittling Black history creates a false national narrative that leads the nation to recreate oppression and never learn from its mistakes”.
People are segregating themselves and then complaining about being segregated against.
America has always been a melting pot of cultures from all over the world. Over 300 languages are spoken in this country. You do not have to be waving an American flag around like a madman to admit that is what makes this country as great as it is. Don’t believe me? Well, I’m sure Iraq is a great place to live.
Maybe it was the messenger. Perhaps if Beyonce had said what Stacey Dash did, people would be more open to the message. Morgan Freeman has been preaching this same issue for years to the deaf ears of the masses. Dash was correct and in order to make significant change we have to first admit that she was correct.
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