If you answered or attempted to answer the question in the headline then you have acknowledged is that racism is real. Dictionary.com defines racism as ‘the hatred or intolerance of another race or races.’ There are people out there who simply cannot tolerate a specific race or races because of their own personal beliefs. I had a conversation with a white woman who grew up a part of the baby boomer generation. She lived up north most of her life. She expressed her opinion about the racial slurs and discrimination concerning African Americans and certain fraternities and sororities. Her initial reaction to these events was pure shock and disbelief! She could not believe that such racism and hatred were inside of people so young. My response was “Do you like your racism hidden or exposed?”
Honestly, racism doesn’t bother me. I don’t care if others willingly choose to hold negative beliefs about my race, especially if they are unfounded and untrue. But when their hatred and intolerance becomes so strong where it affects my physical safety, mental health, political freedom and financial security, then Houston, we have a problem.
This is why it is so important for African Americans to become more aware of what the changes within poor cities, states, this country and even other countries. Because eventually the choices influenced by racism will affect us in some type of way. It’s time to become more involved in politics, law enforcement, businesses, the medical field, school systems, farming, and law systems. This will help deflect these incidents before they happen. It’s time for the African Americans and the Uncle Ruckus’ of our society to start loving themselves more. Self love is more than walking around with an afro and a black power necklace especially if you don’t know the sacrifice Huey Newton gave for you to even wear it without getting beaten. But those days are coming back slowly but surely. Trayvon Martin, Jordan Davis, Eric Garner and hundreds of others are proof of that.
Racism never left and it probably never will. But I will not allow anyone’s hatred to infringe upon my personal success and you shouldn’t either.
“I’m Just Saying..”