Thoughts on Black History Month 2017

In 2017, there’s no need to kid ourselves: racism is still an issue in the United States of America.

As a nation we’ve come a long way.

Kudos!

If, however, the last few years is any indication, we still have a long way to go.

And how do we overcome this evil of racism?  First, as a nation, we must want to rid ourselves of the evil of racism.  Where there is no real desire to overcome racism, we will continue to allow it or even perpetuate it. The desire must first be there, and then we will find creative means to overcome it as a nation.

Second, we must continue to see each other as equals.  This is not the case currently. When blacks and other minorities are not given the same opportunities to grow and amass wealth as privileged whites; when injustices continues in the workplace; when blacks are flooding our prisons, we are inequality, not equality.

Third, we must seek to understand what we do not understand.  I’m tired of that lame excuse about cultural differences when people are not willing to take the time to understand one another.  To restate, if we want to rid ourselves of the evil of racism, we will engage each other, to understand, and to create pathways to real reconciliation.

Finally, let’s all do our part to rid ourselves of the evil of racism in 2017.

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5 Responses to Thoughts on Black History Month 2017

  1. Jon Hughes says:

    Hi TC,

    I take your point, but I’ve noticed what you might call an ‘acceptable’ racism (and sexism!) these past few months in the fall-out from Trump’s election victory. For example, in a Facebook discussion, a female friend described it as the white male not being able to accept his inevitable demise. Another Facebook friend posted an entire map of blue, reflecting how blacks voted, compared with an map almost entirely of red reflecting how white males voted. The clear implication was: black votes = morally good; white male votes = morally bad. Why don’t we, therefore, simply take the vote away from (irrelevant) middle-aged white males – that would be me, by the way – and then the world would be a better place.

    Here in the U.K., we seem to now have an acceptable ageism as well. After the Brexit vote, we we were told that the older generation had wrecked the future of the younger generation by voting the leave the E.U. Since when do older people not count? What happened to the notion that wisdom comes with age?

    Yes, there’s always work to be done when it comes to prejudice.

    • TC Robinson says:

      Jon,
      Thanks for sharing this. In the end, yes, we tend to vote according to what matters to us most – whatever that is!

      Blessings to you, my friend, as we age together. 🙂

      • Jon Hughes says:

        TC,

        Blessings to you too, my friend. I’ve got two definite things going against me in this messed up world of positive discrimination:

        1) I’m white
        2) I’m male

        Thank God I have a black wife!

        All humour aside, my own view is that we are not a particularly robust society if we have to keep talking about it. Political correctness, albeit necessary in places, is not the product of a mature culture in which people are free to articulate their views. For example, anyone who speaks out about radical Islam is branded an Islamophobe. Anyone who speaks out about marriage between a man and a woman being the norm is branded a homophobe. Even more pertinent to your post, my wife’s father moved from Zimbabwe to Texas a few years back, and even into his seventies works hard for a living. He commentated recently how he’s noticed lot of black youths hanging around on the streets who in his view lack the ‘get up and go’ to look for jobs and seek to improve themselves. (This is a guy who started right at the bottom, the only black employee in an all white workforce in what was then Rhodesia in the early 1960s. No doubt he had to put up with a lot of crap. But he worked hard, studied hard, and is now an accountant.) But try saying the above if you’re not black!

  2. TC Robinson says:

    Jon,
    You surely are doing your part to improve race relations. 😉 Yes, I do agree that these black youths need to break the cycle and “get up and go.”

    But I also believe that our gov’t needs to do more. I’m talking educational reforms, justice system reforms…

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