Cold Bear wrote:Blacks DID try to get it together, Blacks HAVE gotten it together, and White America has shown that they do not want Blacks gaining power and have acted to subvert these movements. The original Black Wall Street is a perfect example. Blacks being absolutely, inarguably excluded from higher education until more recently is a perfect example. Black schools still suffering from "the quiet bigotry of low expectations" is a perfect example. Who puts those low expectations there? The white teachers for one, white society at large, maybe black parents, who pass on the framing of what society laid out for people of color in the past, taking a realist approach, which definitely does not include an equal education or outlook on life.
I have to agree on that one. Thats the same thing what happened in Africa. Colonial powers came in, destroyed African cultures (Mali, Ghana, South Africa etc.) and eradicated basically everything that could remind you of it and then said "oh look at these African savages, they have no culture". A justification for exploitation that has been used very often in history. White racists still refer to this without taking the time to take a deeper look at african history. Because they dont want to.
But i still cant take away the responsibility from Africans and African-Americans either. If you want to get your shit together, you have to do it yourself. Handouts were never given to discriminated people. Also not in Europe. We had to TAKE our freedom too and paid for it with many lifes. And getting your shit together to me means (especially referring to African Americans), also to get rid of self destructive and self excusing attitudes. Start there first and then, only then, you are capable of dealing with the rest. And even though they might hate it, Black Americans are more Americans than they are Africans. They have as much in common with nowadays africans as a Mongolian with a Native American in my eyes.
Cold Bear wrote:All other immigrant groups have survived and gotten over in this country by 'becoming white'. Assimilating into whiteness. Irish did it, Italians did it, Eastern Europeans did it, etc. Now Asians, Indians, Arabs, and Latinos are doing it. All survive by slipping in 'just above' Blacks. There is talk about Japanese in the next twenty years becoming classified as White. Do you understand the underpinnings of that? How Whiteness works, and how Whiteness doesn't include Blackness by default even though Brown and Yellow might be accepted into Whiteness one day? Your talk about "blacks moving into the dregs of inner city workings" is funny. After all the mob and illegal business of the other immigrants. Yet blacks were systematically pushed out of that too.
Isn't it convenient to blame others for their condition while ignoring centuries of history, just so you can rest easier.
Ignoring history of course is bs. History is as important to humanity as the childhood is to a person. But what you just wrote tells me that this whole race issue is completely blown out of proportion and has gone on a rampage in the US. Among all people it seems to me.
And its obvious again that Race is a social term in the US and not a biological one.