quote:Originally posted by Texas Star:
I don't know why some of you are so hell bent on defending the right to debate. I just pondered why there is an overwhelming amount of pitting us against each other, and a lack of unification.
Um, it may have something to do with the fact that you are in the Issues/Politics forum? Politics, much like religion and racial matters are very controversial subjects. You will find people everywhere, not just Blacks in particular, who are divided on these issues. Therefore, trying to get members on the board to reach some sort of unified concensus is unrealistic, in my opinion. However, I think what you are noticing, as a new member, is an ongoing, rather hostile and verbally explicit debate that has been going on between several members in this board. Unfortunately, I don't think there is much that you can do about this. You cannot control how people form their opinions, and you cannot control how people react to others' opinions.
I, for example, was on a date with a guy this past weekend, and we decided to eat at a Thai (Asian) Restaurant. After watching this Asian waitress, who spoke very little English, bust her ass waiting on folks in the restaurant, this is what my date had to say, "Asian people WORK for their money. They don't come to this country expecting handouts, unlike Black people. Asian people were colonized by Whites too, but you don't see them complaining about Slavery. This is the 21st century, and Black people simply cannot afford to be complaining about something that happened to them 500 years ago, not in the 21st century. We have lost our sense of work ethic, and we need to stop waiting for people's sympathy."
Now, while he was talking, I imagined myself taking both of my hands and squeezing his head into my fist as tight as I could until it popped, because not only was he ignorant, but he had consequently adopted a very negative view of Black people in general, depsite the fact that both he and I are well educated and live in affluent Black communities. This is why we will never see the idealized "unification" that you are proposing. Everyone, including Blacks, has DIFFERENT views about how Blacks are progressing and what we should be doing to progress further.