The "Same As It Ever Was" post has stuck with me for several days. I spoke to an aunt about the lack of African American economic progress as a demographic in the U.S., and she discussed how racism is institutional in the United States from the board room, courtroom, educational system and beyond. It's systemic, predatory, and ultimately views the interests of Black people to have access to life, liberty and the pursuit of property as a collective to be an affront to the interests of long-term white supremacy. I know that this is true, though there may be many who choose to overlook the facts that support this reality because taking a counter position benefits them. From slavery and slave rebellions to Jim Crow Laws to Black Wall Street to Regina Kelly v. John Paschall in Hearne, Texas to Emmett Till, Jordan Davis and others who where unjustifiably exterminated and to the enduring tragedy of unequal protection under the law (see Stand Your Ground Law controversy), we are not meant to thrive. We are not meant to be equipped compete and systematically from before conception to the moment we take our last breath, as a collective, we are at a disadvantaged. Our own pathology in certain segments of our "racial" group (including self-hatred, violence, misogyny, lack of strong community, family and personal values, criminality in the face of socioeconomic apartheid, and etc.) only then further to aid the forces against us in the interest of white economic/resource dominance. Am I saying that the challenges and limitations experienced by some is true for all "Black" Americans" on a micro scale? Absolutely not. There are those who are able to navigate the system and excel; the oft invisible upper echelons of black society. The truth is, however, that even with the successes of a few, far too many of us experience poor quality of life outcomes. It's sad to watch people who share my "race" perish from not only a lack of knowledge but also from a lack of access to power/resources. What can be done? How can someone change what they lack the power to change? Does one die trying or does one divest from the woes of the collective in the interest of self-protection? A segment of black women who have realized how stacked the deck is against the Black collective and, more importantly to some, black women and children in specific, have chosen to save themselves and those they love. I can't harbor resentment for them for taking this position. It makes perfect sense on so many levels; self-preservation, intentional communities, intentional allies where otherwise there would be none. But I am not sure that I can turn and walk away without exercising my awareness and disapproval of the matter. Something inside of me would die a thousand times over and on top what has already been lost. I come from a long line of truly strong women who have endured and asserted themselves even while they have not possessed and/or exercised enough savvy to overcome the diminished outcomes intended for them. How can I not defiantly and indignantly stare back at that which stands menacingly before me and refuse to retreat?
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by Bill Arnold
A self-described “story with an interesting twist” caught my eye last week. I follow Mike Gibb’s blog, Daily Digest, on… 1,024 more words
We ain’t meant to survive, ’cause it’s a setup-Tupac Shakur
Earlier this evening Florida jurors deadlocked in the Jordan Davis slaying. Michael Dunn was convicted on the lesser charges of second-degree attempted murder and firing into the SUV that Davis and his friends were in.523 more words