I think if I hear one more person say that we just need to just "get over" slavery, I will just scream!!
I mean, I haven't heard anyone tell the Japanese that they should "just get over" Hiroshima!! Did anybody hear the gov't. tell them, "Here's your check for that concentration camp thing. Now take it and just "get over" it, okay???
Tragedies have happened to countless groups of people ... so why are we the only ones who are told that we should be able to get over it?!!?? Although, let's face it, it's mostly Caucasians that utter this obsurdity, they are not the only ones. I have heard more than a few black people say the same thing! For conservatives, it seems to be some sort of battle cry or something!! Sheeesh!!
But has anybody suggested to the Jews that they "get over" the Holocoust? I don't think so!! Or hey, why doesn't the gov't. tell the Indians to "get over" that smallpox thing? Or the slaughtering/genocide thing? Or the I'm taking your land and putting you in the desert thing??
Other tragedies have occurred right here at home. How would Americans (and especially White Americans) feel to be told to "just get over" Pearl Harbor? The men we lost needlessly in Vietnam or any other war?? Or our most recent heartbreak, 9/11?? Get over it? Like it's a headache or something!!
Is there a time limit on the pain and suffering caused by the devastating impact of an injustice such as slavery, jim crow or the governmental denial of basic civil and human rights? Is anybody else asked to "get over" the tragedies that have befallen them as a people? Or is it just Black people who are not only asked but expected to sweep their grievances under a rug???
[This message was edited by EbonyRose on September 11, 2002 at 08:56 PM.]