quote:Originally posted by Rowe:quote:Originally posted by Dell Gines:
It is time to lay that mantle down. Why? It is because we must deal with the realities of our situation as Black Americans today. In our effort to be the arbiter of social justice for all, we have effectively eliminated our own progress as a group. In our desire to ensure equality for everyone our effectiveness at creating equality for ourselves has diminished.
Black people are not merely interested in the securing the rights of immigrants when we hold the mantle of social injustice. And making such a statement demonstrates a severely limited understanding of the fight against global injustice. Black people hold this mantle because we know that combating WHITE SUPREMACY is a 24-hr., 365 day respoonsibility. Black people in America and throughout the diaspora would probably love just for ONE day to not have to think about combating social injustice. But because unlike Asians, Jews, and Hispanics, we continue to be the prime targets of social injustice, the racist condition of our world compels us to. No group is hated, despised, overlooked, and more abhored than Black people. Thus, we simply cannot afford to put this mantle down. If we did, it's likely to get bashed upside our heads.
Black Folks: It's Not Only Time to Pick Up the Mantle, Its Time To Hold It Higher. It's time to expect MORE from our world, MORE from American leaders, and MORE from our parents and children.
I will add that if we lay down this mantle, things will simply get worse for everyone (us included) a lot faster...