This country has a long history of messed up race relations.
First off, blacks originally came to this country as slaves. Granted, this was 250 years ago and ancient history, but still… it’s a fact.
In 1861, white people had ALL the power. Period. Blacks were not allowed to vote, not allowed to be property owners, not allowed to do anything except be slaves.
WHITE PEOPLE decided to end slavery. It’s not as if there was a slave uprising.
The Civil War resulted in massive loss of life… of WHITE PEOPLE who fought to free the slaves.
After the Civil War, racism was still prevalent. Black people were still not granted basic rights. They had separate bathrooms, had to sit in the back of the bus, and still didn’t have access to decent jobs. But at least they weren’t slaves anymore.
In the 1960s, WHITE PEOPLE still had ALL of the power.
The civil rights movement began and black people started pushing to be given their rights. Now, I fully agree that they had every right to demand their rights. Black people are people just like white people.
My point is, blacks had zero power in 1960. Zero.
Once again, WHITE PEOPLE with power decided to do the right thing. They didn’t have to. They could have squashed the civil rights movement without breaking a sweat. They could have just sent in the police and military and crushed anyone who acted up.
There were a lot of ignorant white people who didn’t like that the white politicians were giving in, but nevertheless, blacks were fully recognized, as they should be.
WHITE PEOPLE wrote and implemented Affirmative Action. WHITE PEOPLE created the welfare system beloved by elements of the black community today.
Those programs didn’t have to be put in. White people put them in because it seemed like the right thing to do.
Today, we don’t have separate drinking fountains for blacks. We don’t make black people sit at the back of the bus. We don’t freak out when a black person moves in next door. We don’t freak out when a black person gets a promotion (unless it was undeserved).
So now I’m really going to step in it. (I must love controversy)
Black people today who complain about racism dishonor their ancestors who really DID experience atrocities at the hands of white people.
Being pulled over by the cops and inconvenienced is a far cry from being forced to pick cotton for no pay and be whipped. Being pulled over by the cops and inconvenienced is a far cry from being forced to sit in the back of the bus as a second-class citizen. Being pulled over by the cops and inconvenienced is a far cry from not being able to go to college or get meaningful work.
Even older black folks who lived through the years before the civil rights movement deserve more credit than those born in the past 40 years. The level of racism and oppression of blacks has been cut to a relatively tiny amount over the past 250 years, especially during the past 40 years… AT THE HANDS OF WHITE PEOPLE.
Don’t white people get some credit for STOPPING those bad actions by their own choice?
My people (the Irish) were oppressed by the Brits for 800 long years. But if I started whining about being oppressed because I’m Irish, everyone would think I was a moron. That happened in the past, and not to me.
The cure for racism in America is for everyone to turn in their race cards, shut up, and get to work being the best they can be.