You're exactly right my sista. I think we are saying the same thing but expressing it a tad differently. I guess what I am attempting to say is the thing about being fully human beings from these groups is that they could directly point at who they are in terms of being able to say with clarity "this is where I derived from." They were able to do that by bringing their culture and customs with them regardless of what massa said about them. They had that proof when they cooked their meals and worshipped their Gods. And they could point to Asia and say "I came from there with a language and a dynasty of my own." We could not. We could not point to "ni%%er land." And it was on record in America as law that we as black people were not considered fully humans. Native and Asian Americans, in my view, just experienced the stereotype wrath of massa not the execution of identity. Unfortunately, Native Americans were literately wipe off the face of the earth because of this wrath yet the ones who survived still had their identity as humans.
My sista. Let me just say I'm not trying to sound harsh....[I think maybe I am so I apologize to you. I am really having a bad week]. But yes you are absolutely correct that the Asians were treated terrible and many times massa associated them being mongoloid which meant at time the same as being mentally retarded i.e. down syndrome. They even were accused them of bringing yellow fever, tyhus and all types of infestious diseases to America during their migration to work on the railroad. But for me the real difference is they came to this country knowing fully their hertiage and stuck together through the thick and thin of massa's racism to finally win at the end. We were never unified like that...except for a few poignant times in history. But Native and Asian Americans hit the lottery because of their commitment to their culture and their self-identity. We are still strugglin within the walls of our culture and yes we managed to set the stage for freedom and civil rights but we still haven't got where we should be and that's because of the self-betrayal of what we continue do to each other-this self-racism that is now plaguing our community currently.
That's all I'm saying. I mean look at how Jackson tried to undermine my President's campaign in 2008. Talkin about needing his balls cut off. Was that necessary? And the mic heard it all so he couldn't lie about it. Then when Obama won, Jackson had the NERVE to shed tears. We got to stop this self-sabbotaging. Even now there is bickering within the black caucus. And we got a black president twice!!! Come on now. The black masses will only repeat what they see the black elite doing-it's called social modelling. And to me that is why we are unable to gel the way we should and why the po po continues not to take us seriously as citizens of this country. If immigrants can come to America and unite and make a power voice for themselves around their rights and they are not even CITIZENS, then we should be over the top powerful cuz we've been here since inception. But are we as powerful? Well...as powerful as the next beat down, murder and most times it is coming from our own people.
Yes we should be up in arms regarding the stop and frisk issue.....but! They were stopping and frisking blacks in the sixties-that's what the riots across the country were all about. We should have eradicated that issue back then when we had this newfound political power from the civil right movements and received national/international attention. But instead we accepted the circular behavior from the po po year after year after year. Mainly because as a people we stopped being unified once a couple of laws were implemented, a couple of black faces were allowed in government and some black started making money and having fake status. But! Nothing's really changed cuz for the most part we stopped demanding change. We as a people ceased being the collective voice...a collective power- cuz some of us got paid to be voiceless...to sellout! If not, there would have NEVER been black gangs, drugs and criminal behavior in our neighborhoods after the riots.
But! I totally agree with your assessment-everything you've said I'm in line with. But I think we just see it kinda differently in terms of how we both are expressing it. Again I apologize for sounding like a bitch....don't mean to be-you're my sistagirl! My heart's been just a little heavy lately. But!