quote:Originally posted by kresge:
Did AA's really believe that things had radically changed? Did they really believe that the batshit crazy white folks had gone away? Everywhere I have lived in the US, I have run into these folks. In northern CA and Oregon, there where skin heads. In PA, there was always buzz about the klan, and though I was north of the Mason Dixon line, there where confederate flags on display in many rural locals. In MI, there was still remnants of the militia, not to mention the most segregated urban areas in the US.
On the day of Obama's inauguration, I remember the news media shoving a microphone in front of any Black person they could get to speak into it. And I remember so many of them being filled with *hope* and stating that 'today was a new day (for America)' and that 'the tide (of America) had turned' and that 'the day showed that we (America) and they (White people) had moved beyond their prejudices' ... yada, yada, yada.
And I remember wondering if these people were really serious?? If they truly believed/felt that in their hearts and thought that what we are seeing today was really, truly a thing of the past??
I believed on that day that they were very sincere ... and also, most unfortunately misguided.
I find that I, myself, am very conflicted on the issue. This 'new day' America thing is nice ... perhaps even necessary ... and, I suppose, will/would be a good thing. However, on the flip side, I can't see it being achieved without Black people, once again, having to sacrifice the most to achieve it. And in my mind, we've given more than enough to 'the cause' already.
If White folks can't get it together themselves ... and get themselves together ... then that's not our problem. Nor do I want it to be.