November 24, 2013 3:46 AM

Just stumbled upon this thread.

 

Fortunately, my parents taught my siblings and me, from a young age, our true history, beginning with Africa. We knew all about Timbuktu and the Mali Empire (my maternal grandmother's side of the family is of Mandinka ancestry) when white 'historians' in this country were still proclaiming that the history of Timbuktu was fiction. Who's laughing now? I digress.

 

I was fully aware of, at a young age, how blacks were treated. My parents explained racism to us and how it negatively affected our quality of life. We were taught about the Trans-Atlantic slave trade, Jim Crow Laws, Civil Rights Movement, Malcolm X, Elijah Muhammad, the Nation of Islam, etc. We knew about black inventors such as Percy L. Julian, Charles R. Drew, Elijah McCoy, etc. In other words, our parents taught us everything about black history that was not and is still not taught in school. We were keenly aware of how television portrayed whites as beautiful, wealthy, and civilized whereas we were(are) often portrayed as ignorant, uncivilized, poor, and unattractive.

 

Whenever we visited the museum, watched a Nutcracker performance, went to hear the city symphony orchestra play, we were always the only black family present or one of two present. I always noticed the point-blank stares (a few hostile) and the patronizing smiles.

 

The first time I received a racist comment directed at me was in 9th grade. I was the only black kid in the class. One of the boys decided to run his hands through my hair without my permission. !!!  He then asked me what was I. I said that I was black. He had the nerve to tell me that I was not really black because my hair was not 'kinky and nappy.' !!!  A couple of other fools decided to join in. They wanted to know why, if I was black, I didn't speak 'black' or 'mumbo jumbo.' !!!  It was then that I concluded that whites were the most ignorant people on this planet when it comes to other races; they just pretend they aren't. I still believe this because there has not been any real evidence to the contrary.

 

http://www.timbuktuheritage.org/timhistory.html

 
 
 
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May 21, 2014 11:09 AM

"Nigger"

 

You know I never heard that term before till a little nasty white boy introduced it to me. 

 

It was 1990 and it was my first day at Girls Club (now known as Girls Inc) in Pinellas Park, FL. I was thee ONLY black girl enrolled in the after school daycare. Why in the world did my mother subject me to this curse? Was it because she didnt love me? Was it because she wanted me to be exposed to other cultures? Nope. It was ignorance. She just moved from NYC where Black people ruled and were fairly integrated and successful and no one ever called anyone a nigger because EVERYBODY in the Bronx was a brother. 

Welp! FF to Pinellas Park, FL we were the first family of color in our neighborhood. The Puerto Rican family next to us had assimilated into a cute white family. (Every once in a while you could hear them playing Hacienda).

It was my first day at Girls Club, the local Boys Club across the street were joining us at the local park for a fucked up "play date".

I was swinging from the monkey bars and decided I wanted to go again. A little white boy was at the top he looked down at me. Spat a big glob of green goey snot right in my eye and said "You Nigger!" I was four years old. Hello White People! Thank you for that lovely greeting!

 
 
 
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May 21, 2014 11:52 AM

Welcome to AA.org!

 

That was a hurtful, disgusting way to find out about racism in America, and especially at such a young and innocent age.  

 

But, who knows, maybe that same little boy grew up to regret what he did or intellectually evolved to a point of realization that his parents were only teaching him sadism and how to be ignorant and disgusting.  

 

When you really think of how innocent and free a young child's mind should be, it really is a form of psychological molestation to force such vile perceptions into a child's psyche in the first place.  

 

It's the psychological equivalent to sexually molesting or raping a child.  

 

So, in reality, that child parents psychologically abused him as much, if not more than, he psychologically abused you on that playground that day.   

 

 

 
 
 
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May 21, 2014 3:45 PM

NYC is one of the most segregated cities in the nation, so something in this story doesn't sound right, not too mention the Bronx has some old school Italian neighborhoods they definitely dont see non Italian people from the BRonx as their "brothers"... 

 
 
 
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May 21, 2014 4:01 PM

Originally Posted by NegroFogey:

NYC is one of the most segregated cities in the nation, so something in this story doesn't sound right, not too mention the Bronx has some old school Italian neighborhoods they definitely dont see non Italian people from the BRonx as their "brothers"... 

This post asked for my memories, and that is what I did. Im sorry you do not like my rendition of 1990s Bronx, which by the way in my neighborhood by Gun Hill road was ALL BLACK and when I visited in the summers Co-Op City and Gun Hill road it was ALL black. I never saw one white person my whole 10 years of staying 3 months of  in Co-Op City and Bronx - Gun Hill Road neighborhood during the summer.

My father, Milton Clarke, was a police officer shot in the line of duty and he owned three gas stations, patroned by ALL black people from the neighborhood. So if that does not align with your perception of 1990s Bronx. Im sorry, that was my experience and memories.

 
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May 21, 2014 4:08 PM

Yup, certain neighborhoods of the Bronx used to be ALL black. I dont know about now but this was my experience while visiting in the 90s during the summers.My Cousin's Class in THE Bronx...oh and look its ALL black

 
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May 21, 2014 4:15 PM

Originally Posted by sunnubian:

Welcome to AA.org!

 

That was a hurtful, disgusting way to find out about racism in America, and especially at such a young and innocent age.  

 

But, who knows, maybe that same little boy grew up to regret what he did or intellectually evolved to a point of realization that his parents were only teaching him sadism and how to be ignorant and disgusting.  

 

When you really think of how innocent and free a young child's mind should be, it really is a form of psychological molestation to force such vile perceptions into a child's psyche in the first place.  

 

It's the psychological equivalent to sexually molesting or raping a child.  

 

So, in reality, that child parents psychologically abused him as much, if not more than, he psychologically abused you on that playground that day.   

 

 

I appreciate you looking on the bright side of things. I highly doubt that little boy grew up to be anything but a bigot. Where are you from? I appreciate you looking into the psyche of that little boy but quite honesty I could give two flaming farts about his mindset. Im too truamatized from living in that shit hole town of pinellas park, FL. Where they used to knock on our door everytime a crime happened in the neighborhood asking for our "boys" aka my brothers. 
Oh yea and where the burger king workers on 70th ave spit in my brothers sandwhich one time because quote "he's a nigger" Where the little white girls wouldnt let me play house because "we have enough black ppl for today" 

Yea so excuse me if I could care less...

 
 
 
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May 21, 2014 4:18 PM

Originally Posted by Special K:

Yup, certain neighborhoods of the Bronx used to be ALL black. I dont know about now but this was my experience while visiting in the 90s during the summers.My Cousin's Class in THE Bronx...oh and look its ALL black

My aunt's graduation from college yes in the Bronx and look what do you see? A plethora of black people! Cause why? Cause our neighborhood in the Bronx was ALL BLACK

 
 
 
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May 21, 2014 4:31 PM

I don't recall saying there weren't any black areas in the Bronx. I simply responded to you saying NYC was integrated. But anyway you are right, you are relating your experiences. My bad for injecting negativity.

 
 
 
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May 21, 2014 4:58 PM

Originally Posted by Special K:
Originally Posted by sunnubian:

Welcome to AA.org!

 

That was a hurtful, disgusting way to find out about racism in America, and especially at such a young and innocent age.  

 

But, who knows, maybe that same little boy grew up to regret what he did or intellectually evolved to a point of realization that his parents were only teaching him sadism and how to be ignorant and disgusting.  

 

When you really think of how innocent and free a young child's mind should be, it really is a form of psychological molestation to force such vile perceptions into a child's psyche in the first place.  

 

It's the psychological equivalent to sexually molesting or raping a child.  

 

So, in reality, that child parents psychologically abused him as much, if not more than, he psychologically abused you on that playground that day.   

 

 

I appreciate you looking on the bright side of things. I highly doubt that little boy grew up to be anything but a bigot. Where are you from? I appreciate you looking into the psyche of that little boy but quite honesty I could give two flaming farts about his mindset. Im too truamatized from living in that shit hole town of pinellas park, FL. Where they used to knock on our door everytime a crime happened in the neighborhood asking for our "boys" aka my brothers. 
Oh yea and where the burger king workers on 70th ave spit in my brothers sandwhich one time because quote "he's a nigger" Where the little white girls wouldnt let me play house because "we have enough black ppl for today" 

Yea so excuse me if I could care less...

 

I was born and raised in South Carolina, have lived in Georgia [ATL-Metro] for a number of years. I have two sisters who live in Florida, though I've never even heard of Pinellas Park, FL I certainly am very familiar with the most vile and the most crude and the most recessed forms of racism prevalent in America, especially the south.  

 

I just find that when you dissect the true psychology of things, you often come to the realization that the problem lies with the perpetrators of evil, ignorance and sadism, and not with the victims of it.  It was merely notation that sometimes people overcome their negative backgrounds and upbringings, even those raised to be racist. 

 

So, I was not trying to excuse his behavior and I certainly don't believe that "all people are really good at heart" [Anne Frank], but I do believe that racism and racial hatred is taught, and that sometimes children that were raised by racist parents come to realize their parents ignorance and/or evil and make a conscious effort to evolve past that level.

 

Unfortunately, from what I know of Florida, have read about Florida, have been told about Florida [not unlike many other states/areas of the United States], your assessment of the type of person that little boy grew up to be is probably the most likely.  

 
 
 
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May 21, 2014 5:15 PM

  Wow!  We do have stories to tell don't we?  That's why we are different than white Hollywood who KEEPS tellin the SAME OLD pitiful stories over and over.  In a minute...these black celebrities are gonna get real SMART and start funding their OWN stories.  And they need to start doing sooner than later.   But!

 
 
 
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