“That’s why we need to get these niggas out of Dearborn.” September, 2010. These words were uttered by a middle-aged white man as he passed by the car of a black woman and her daughter as they awaited a citation from a white policeman for allegedly ‘rolling through’ a stop sign.
This type of racial intimidation epitomizes the day and age in which we live. Unfortunately, racism, at its best, or worse for that matter, is still very much alive and well in America today. It may be more covert, which may be even more dangerous, but though some strides have been made, the color game is consistently in play in these United States. And those with skin the darker hue are still getting the shaft.
The new political consciousness that has taken root since the induction of the first African American President, is indicative of the lack of progress made in the area of racial harmony in this country. This president and his administration face an onslaught of criticism, adversity, and blatant disrespect from not just the general population, but from those whom are supposed to support and uphold his policies. If the leader of our country endures such hardships because of his race, and it is considered acceptable, it is no wonder that those on the lower rungs of society suffer indignities at the hands of those who hold on to racism like it’s a fistful of diamonds.
Will it ever change? If anything, those who lack color should be so guilt ridden over the cruelty and injustice pummeled upon people of color that they vow not to follow in the footsteps of their ancestors. But it appears that far too many of us have been spoon fed the idea that one race is superior over others for so long that all our thoughts and actions exemplify our negative beliefs. And racism continues to grow and fester like an untreated ghastly wound.
Many of our children, black and white, refuse to think about this country’s past, as it was wrought with inhumanity and savagery. Our babies don’t see color when they choose friendships and relationships. Out of the mouths of babes come words of acceptance and tolerance. Perhaps some of us need to take a page from their books, and change our thinking so that such ferocious, enslaving, words like ‘nigga’ may never pass through their lips again.
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