I have wanted to write a post on racial relations for several weeks now.
I was apprehensive because next to religion, discussing racism is the holy grail of topics that we are taught to discuss. Religion is supposed to be the same way. Even that sentiment is oppressive in itself. We should eagerly discuss those things that require fixing. Racism requires serious addressing, but we are instructed to never bring up the topic.
I am bringing up the topic, realizing that I may piss some off to their highest level of pisstivity. I ran my opinions by friends, both black and white, and they warned me of the sensitivity of some of my views. I decided to express the same views, but from a different angle as to not exacerbate the problem. But I ask them if I am not expressive about how I truly feel as a Black man in America, how are we to ever engage in meaningful discussions?
I decided to proceed with this post, though I know that some readers may be very sensitive to what I have to say. It is not my intention to provoke. I simply want to ‘be real’ with my followers, as I have been with regard to my family, my mistakes, lessons, health regiments, and transformation. Having a little conflict is usually the prelude to progress. The best example is Donald Trump. His rhetoric, though maddening, it is leading many, as myself, to examine race relations today. My aim is to express to you how I put it all in perspective.
I have an industrious background to make such an assessment. I was born in poverty, experienced blatant racism, police intimidation, and substandard essential services. But, I rose from my beginnings, became well-educated, traveled the world, and made lots of money. Don’t allow my trek to fool you, though. I don’t think that every Black person has the same access to opportunity.
I believe that my key to success is my ‘strong constitution’. I am a fighter and a survivor. No one can box me in. Also, my mother’s love and spirituality in my life enabled me to aim further than I would have without those support systems.
But many Blacks are not as ambitious and passionate as I am. Some come from families that are not supportive. Others are just not as educated and may have a criminal justice blemish on their record. Though all Blacks are affected by years of racial discrimination, especially institutionalized racism, those who do not have a strong infrastructure of faith and love, will fall. To survive as an impoverished Black requires strength beyond measure. Not everyone has that kind of make-up, nor should they have to just to be treated equally.
I state my opinion regularly on religion and ‘fake-faithful’ without biting my touch. I despise religious deception namely because I was betrayed by it in my own family, and with theological friends, who used a religious façade to dupe me into their devilment. …Just like Satan would. Disdain for the ‘fake-faithful is a theme that runs through all of my expressions.
Today I will write as definitively on Kevy Michaels’ opinion on racism, mainly in the US, mainly racism against Blacks. I am very qualified to speak on this topic. I have, and my people, have been victims of this hateful way of life imposed by ‘wannabe’ racial elites, and those who have hidden agendas to keep other classes of people oppressed. My God and my Spirit tell me that We Are One. But today, I am not feeling like an equal part of the whole especially when it comes to the institutions that control the lives of all Americans.
It is promising that race relations between people are improving. I see outward signs of racial comradery every day, especially in Denver, Colorado, which is very diverse, and has a proclivity for interracial relationships and adopting minority babies. This is promising to see. It looks good visually, and shows progress because when I was born in 1960, this was ‘a no no’.
I believe that we will eventually get race relations right, including those Blacks and Whites who want to comingle, as well as those who just want to opt out. But this will take at least 20 more years in my opinion. The reason I say this is because many Whites may perpetuate racism, but do so unknowingly. They may have ‘crossed to the other side’, but still, have a lot to learn about the magnitude of the problem. It runs deep, very deep. They may experience their lives with Blacks, but don’t realize that they often set subtle requirements on the mechanics of that relationship.
Many believe that simply by their outward gestures, that they are addressing racist, never evaluating ‘how’ they view racism. They fail to accept that 400 years of oppression, murder, and demonization of Blacks has left a lasting blemish on our minds, in theirs, and everyones. Remember, the oppression of Blacks was widely accepted as the law of the land, before slavery was abolished, and civil rights were granted. They fail to realize that their limited exposure to Blacks, though kind, does very little to solve racism. It simply displays to the public an admirable image.
Without a clue, many Blacks and other minorities also contribute to racism. It comes out in how they treat whites and each other. We all play a part in this problem, which will not be easily resolved if we continue to sweep it under the rug and not examine the difficult parts. If we do not, however, definitively address racism, the end result will be brutal and blood will be shed. I am not saying this as a militant. I am saying it because history has shown us that equality and social justice is always preluded by violence and anarchy.
To ensure that my comments are concise, I will interview myself. That will keep my discussion focused and prevent me from going on tangents that I know otherwise I would. Some followers already realize how verbose I can be. I usually don’t ever try to shorten my post intentionally, because I plan to use my blog content for books.
Warning: This will be a long post! Review it over several days. It is worthy of really understanding what I and others have to say about racism. In the videos, I painfully present both sides.
I want to make it exceedingly clear that I am not racist.
I love all people. Oh my God, there isn’t a much better feeling than when I attend festivals and concerts and harmonize with Whites and other races, and they harmonize, dance, and show their lovingness towards me. I love when we all come together, as they do in New Orleans, in spite of its overt oppression, for Saints football games, or for Mardi Gras. I wish our relations were like that every day, including with our president and police force. …But it is not. Day-to-day I feel much marginalized as a Black man in America.
I long for racial harmony, and those it will take some time to authentically achieve it, I believe we will get there.
It is institutional racism and white privilege for which I have little hope. This is entrenched in our society so well, that it will take maybe 50 years to dismantle, and another 50 to rectify the damage done by hundreds of years of it. The Institution of Racism in America has influenced every race, including my own, leading us all to view every aspect of living through a racial lens, even when we don’t think we do.
That lens all too often focuses on scenarios that support the view of the one holding the camera. They don’t reflect the truth, at least as far as defining who I am as a Black man and the status and causes for the suffering of my people.
Please appreciate that I speak from the perspective of a Black man in America, in the year 2018. All of my opinions may not be yours, but I offer mine for reflection and discussion, not to incite. …Not to elevate your Pisstivity Level.
Hell, not all Black people in America will agree with my opinion on racism. But, we must start from somewhere, I am offering my opinion as a point from where we can grow and build.
Be gentle on me, given that I am taking to leap to discuss the undiscussable. Don’t get all heated by this discussion. If anything, engage in it with your comments.
We must solve racism together. No one race propagated where were are today. We all played a part and must take this seriously, even if you are not directly affected, yet. If not, racism will destroy the ‘Whole Body’ that binds us together, just as breast cancer metastasizes, and through the lymphatic system spreads to destroy the human body, racism now runs through the veins of American society and will destroy us all in some form if left unaddressed.
Since recently branching out to social media, I am appalled by the number of Black militant post that I receive. Most idolize Malcolm X’s, Angela Davis’, The Black Panther’s, and Louis Farrakhan’s approach. I am receiving pictures of guns and weapons, as well as, “hate white devils” messages.
Granted, I don’t know if these messages are real. It could very well be Putin trying to incite a revolt. But, if they are real, we seem to be headed in a violent direction. “The natives are getting restless”.
The recent agitation of racism in America is what leads me to discuss racism openly, and at risk.
Question 1: Does racism still exist today?
- Of course, racism is alive and well. It hasn’t gone anywhere. I believe that the once bombastic and ignorant have gone nowhere. They have likely secretly propagated more racism amongst friends, family, and coworkers. That’s why Blacks still recognize it in their day-to-day. But racism in 2018 is exercised in a more stealth-like fashion.
- Many of the most racist people that I’ve encountered were in the corporate world, though I’ve had racial encounters with police, and when shopping. I am more than qualified to discuss corporate racism because as a system consultant, I contracted with some of the largest corporations in the world and found racism in each, even in organizations that boast about their diversity awareness. I am also qualified because I rose to upper management in my career.
- Just years ago, ‘Does racism exist?’ seemed like a valid question to races who are not Black or minority. Today there is no question. Trump as given many racists the Messiah they longed for.
- The silent fashion that many non-Blacks accept police killings, black incarcerations, education, economic inequality, and human rights violations, is a clear sign that racial equality is not a burning issue for them. They seem to imply that it’s not their problem, so they don’t care. Trust me, racism is clearly still vibrant.
Question 2: Is it possible that what you view as racism is not really racism? Are you sure?
- I am strongly stand by my answer to question # 1. I will say that part of what makes racism harder to identify is that it is often ‘played off’ as not an issue of race, but rather an issue of qualifications, education, and economic power. Well, Blacks lag whites and other races in many of these foundational areas.
- But the economy has a big influence on racism in a couple of ways:
- Whites are now being pressed by the economy and job market. It seems likely that the root of the problem for many whites will be their belief that minorities are taking jobs, even when not as qualified.
- Whites also express frustration with the money that the government spends on services to address severe needs in minority and especially Black communities.
- Because the economic, educational, medical, and living standard are so low for minorities, and particularly for Blacks, when compared to Whites, the impact of these conditions, to the uneducated eye, may seem like a definitive trait of Blacks’ inferiority. Being oppressed makes a race’s standard of living metrics dismal. Blacks are not dismal though, the systems have shut them away in a box, away from resources, opportunities, and often common respect.
- The marginalization of Black status has camouflaged the underlining cause of our state, and whether for socioeconomic reasons, for whether blatant, the disparity is still rooted in 400 years of racism.
Question 3: Do you believe that Blacks have made progress in the US?
- Yes, Blacks have made progress, but everyone has progressed, often by greater leaps and bounds. Blacks have progressed by whites are still doing exceedingly better in all categories of life status, though we are supposed to be equal.
- It seems unfair to base Black progress and equality on how Blacks fare from one period to the next. How Blacks have done in the past is irrelevant to how they are doing today. This comparison is a distraction from examining how well Whites are doing. With equality, Black progress should be compared to Whites’ always, not to their own.
- Blacks and Whites have made progress in relations with each other too. Some may have better relations with each other overtly but commit racial acts secretly. In the past the relations were toxic and the overt actions were blatant.
- Institutional racism, however, is deeply entrenched and seems to have an unimaginable end.
We tend to look at racial relations as having experienced major improvements, but Blacks are still grossly disadvantaged institutionally. Looking at Black American metrics paints a pretty clear picture. Having good relations with White friends, co-workers and neighbors do not address this.
Question 4: Do you believe that there is a systemic problem with Blacks and the police, or do you think that it is an isolated problem?
- Many Blacks have grown to hate the police. We all have horror stories to tell. I have many from childhood to today. Just weeks ago I had an encounter. I was driving at about 11 pm and notice a young black man stopped by police on a deserted road, near a park. As I passed by, more police cars came, causing a scene that so one could see, but me, the black man and policemen. I decided to pull to the side and observe. One officer shined his flashlight on me asking me what was I watching.
I asked if I was breaking a law, and told him that I was just observing. He told me that I had to move to the other side of the street. I drove for only 2 minutes max and U-turned around.
By the time I turned around, all the cars had scattered, and the young black man had been released. I may have unknowingly thwarted a police killing, at worse, or racism at the least.
Then three police cars began following me, on every turn I made. They did this for several blocks, though I made many unnecessary turns. They were trying to intimidate me, I am sure. I am too familiar with police officers at this stage in my life. Eventually, they turned away. Police profiling of Blacks, even by Black officers is real.
- In the South, where almost 60% of Blacks live, many believe that the police has long been infiltrated by the KKK. The latest news on police homicides of blacks does not help matters, especially when you consider how police are almost never held accountable, and how historically Blacks have been treated by the police and judicial systems.
- If you don’t believe that it is real, here are some disappointing statistics:
- Blacks are 3 times more likely to be killed by a police officer than whites. 30% of white victims are unarmed; Whites: 21%.
- 69% of Blacks killed by police were non-violent and unarmed.
- Though some Police Departments have adopted ‘use of force’ policies, some by order of federal consent decrees, and they have shown to be effective, few Police Departments have bothered to adopt them.
Question 5: What do you believe are the root sources of the problem of racism?
- APOLOGY – Blacks have not received an apology from the United States Government. An apology is an initial and most direct way to heal conflict. Think about it. If someone deceived and betrayed you, and never even offered an apology, how could you heal your resentment against them?
I am dealing with this same issue with my siblings and family, at how trifling they were during my mother’s caregiving, and after over 5 years, they have never admitted to wrong, and certainly have not apologized. I am trying to resolve resentment against them without their cooperation. It’s not as easy as it is not easy to quell resentment against the US’ racism.
- REPARATIONS – Blacks have not received Reparations for slavery and racism from the United States Government. Blacks have been promised and have never received the consideration of reparations. Other racial groups have received reparations. I believe that receiving reparations today are out of the question, because the intent is the same as affirmative actions, and it has all but been eliminated. Many people are unaware of reparations that the United States and other countries have paid for historical racism.
|History of Reparations Payments|
|1990 U.S.A||$1.2 Billion or $20.000 Each||JAPANESE AMERICANS|
|1990 AUSTRIA||$25 Million to Holocaust Survivors||JEWISH CLAIMS ON AUSTRIA|
|1988 CANADA||250,000 Sq. Miles of Land||INDIANS & ESKIMOS|
|1988 CANADA||$230 Million||JAPANESE CANADIANS|
|1986 U.S.A.||$32 Million 1836 Treaty||OTTAWAS OF MICHIGAN|
|1985 U.S.A.||$31 Million||CHIPPEWAS OF WISCONSIN|
|1985 U.S.A.||$12.3 Million||SEMINOLES OF FLORIDA|
|1985 U.S.A.||$105 Million||SIOUX OF SOUTH DAKOTA|
|1980 U.S.A.||$81 Million||KLAMATHS OF OREGON|
|1971 U.S.A.||$1 Billion + 44 Million Acres of Land||ALASKA NATIVES LAND SETTLEMENT|
|1952 GERMANY||$822 Million to Holocaust Survivors||GERMAN JEWISH SETTLEMENT|
3. Based on my research, I don’t believe that the United States has ever directly paid reparations to the Jewish people. But Jews all around the world, including in the United States are getting or received reparations from mainly France and Germany.
“By the year 2000, over 100,000 Holocaust survivors, primarily residents of Israel and the United States, continue to receive monthly pensions from the German government. In the 50 years that have elapsed since this historic step, some 4 million claims have been paid and a total of $55 billion has been disbursed both to the state of Israel and to individual victims around the world.” – Commentary Magazine – GABRIEL SCHOENFELD / SEPT. 1, 2000
As a Black man, I feel that the entire evolution of slavery to where we are today is one of the worse human atrocities. If anyone deserves reparations Blacks seem to. But, I not sure that it will ever happen for after so many years have passed, and so many countries have benefited from slavery, no one has ever paid a dime.
- AFFIRMATIVE ACTION – Devious Politics Has Eliminated Affirmative Action Programs. Strategically Affirmative Action Programs have been propagated as a form of reverse discrimination. This is farfetched! Affirmative Action was never meant to be fair. It was intended to give Blacks an advantage in an opportunity to equalize being oppressed for hundreds of years. Today these programs have all but disappeared.
Trump Officials Reverse Obama’s Policy on Affirmative Action in Schools – Read More
5. INSTITUTIONALIZED RACISM – In my opinion, Institutional Racism is our biggest racism issue. Every institution has racism baked in including the: Judicial System, School System, Medical Treatment, Banking, Economy, etc. Racism and racial profiling are so ingrained in these institutions that we would nearly have to dismantle our government and rebuild it again. That surely won’t happen, but Black must more actively become ‘the government’ and affect their own changes from within.
Definition of Institutional Racism –Wikipedia:
Institutional racism is a form of racism expressed in the practice of social and political institutions. Institutional racism is also racism by individuals or informal social groups,  governed by behavioral norms that support racist thinking and foment active racism. It is reflected in disparities regarding wealth, income, criminal justice, employment, housing, healthcare, political power, and education, among other factors.
The term “institutional racism” was coined and first used in 1967 by Stokely Carmichael (later known as Kwame Ture) and Charles V. Hamilton in Black Power: The Politics of Liberation.  Carmichael and Hamilton wrote that while individual racism is often identifiable because of its covert nature, institutional racism is less perceptible because of its “less overt, far more subtle” nature. Institutional racism “originates in the operation of established and respected forces in the society, and thus receives far less public condemnation than [individual racism]”.
How to Identify Institutional Racism:
How are the roots of structural and institutionalized racism formed? It’s subtle. It seems normal. It seems innocent. That is the way that institutionalized racism works; it is rooted in the core of one’s everyday existence yet it is easy to detect if we just look and assess.
- If you live in the United States and you have never been around anyone or very few people of color, you may just be a part of a structurally racist system.
- University administration, please pay close attention. When buildings are erected in the name of someone and that someone is never a person of color, then you might be sending messages to everyone about folks who are powerful, smart and valued.
- When pictures of presidents, board members, and award-winning whomever’s are hung, and they do not depict a demography that matches that of the state, city or the country, then your organization might have an institutional racism problem.
- Look at the organizational structure to which you belong. If the organization is disproportionately White in all upper levels positions, and all of the folks in lower level positions are people of color, then your organization may have an institutionalized racism problem.
- Take a look at the hires in your own department. If it is all White, then you may just have an institutional racism problem. In addition, if the department has hired one person of color, and claims or believes that diversity goals have been met, you still have a problem.
- When you and the administration can name the one or two folks of color who are routinely asked to reside on every committee in your organization, then you might have an institutionalized racism problem.
- If those same who serve are always the same ones — the “usual suspects” — you might ask why? Often times, the “usual suspects” are chosen to serve because there are few folks of color in the organization. The “usual suspects” will often receive nominal gratuitous rewards — appointments to menial positions, important hiring committees and some even receive “awards” for keeping their mouths shut.
- Take a look at who receives highly honored awards in your organizations … and ask why they receive them? Again, this may be an indication of a problem with institutionalized racism. Also, this is a serious pay equity issue. Who tends to get raises based on so-called “good teaching”? Uh-oh.
- When you are constantly looking for the “right fit,” and the “right fit” tends to always look like the rest of the folks that you have hired already, then you just might have an institutional racism problem.
- When given a chance to hire someone of color, but instead someone from your hiring committee or upper-level administration chooses to make a phone call to someone that they have known, and again, they tend to “fit” and look exactly like the majority of the institution, then your organization might have an institutionalized racism problem. Read More
Historic and Institutionalized Racism has bred:
- White Privilege: “White privilege (or white skin privilege) is the societal privilege that benefits people whom society identifies as white in some countries, beyond what is commonly experienced by non-white people under the same social, political, or economic circumstances.” – Wikipedia
- Racial Insensitivity: Whites telling Black culture jokes, dances, depicting ghetto dialect, use of the word nigger, and even compliments to certain blacks, as being highly educated or having exceptional communication skills, are all racially insensitive. Often, in fairness, they don’t realize that they are. But if they dealt head-on with this issue, they would know better.
- New Form of Racial Insensitivity: This is a new phenomenon for me. I was exposed to this new form of racism and it caught me by surprise. I experienced it namely while volunteering for non-profits whose primary focus was to addresses disadvantaged minority needs. In these institutions, I found that though the agencies served impoverished Blacks, it was obvious that they viewed them as a lower class by how they treated and regarded them behind the scenes. I experienced this in churches as well. In this scenario, non-Blacks and Blacks helped ‘those poor inferior people’. I am sure that it makes them feel good to do well. But, they still took full advantage of their white privilege and distanced themselves from Blacks and people of this class in their day-to-day personal time. I have also seen agency staff members who are empathic to the one social issue that they selected but not to others. I was shocked when I saw this because I assumed that they were ‘good’ through and through. …Not!
- Black Paranoia and Denial: Blacks and other minorities becoming paranoid and thinking everything negative that they experience is due to racism, in cases when it really isn’t. Or, Blacks thinking that just because ‘they made it’ all Blacks have the same opportunity.
- Inciting Hate: Racially motivated rhetoric from folks like Trump, the NRA, Conservative Evangelicals, Fox News, the NFL, etc. etc. etc.
6. No Actionable Concern: America generally seems to see the problems of Blacks as a ‘Black problem’, not theirs. They are quicker to buy more guns and live in gated and guarded communities thinking the problem does not or never will affect them, but if it does, they will be prepared. The problem slaps them in the face day-to-day, and many still don’t get it or want to. The statistics are blaring, but other issues seem more important. They do not accept that this problem is all of our responsibility to resolve.
Question 6: What are your thoughts on Interracial Relationships? Doesn’t it give you hope?
- When I see interracial relationships I think that it is absolutely beautiful. I do get a sense that we are really making progress. And, interracial children have some of the most attractive features. Interracial relationships are very common here in Denver. It gives me hope.
- But too often, the minority seems to have to disown their culture and identity or make it a novelty acceptable. I know that the Blacks who are in interracial relationships don’t have much to do with ‘ma black ass’. Not often have I seen the more dominate race give grace to black culture in these situations.
- It is more like the black person is a novelty, hand-selected from racial humility, and placed in a world that’s not their own, but better. The most vivid example of this is when Whites, who really have little communication with Blacks or the Black community, adopt poor Black kids. They hand-pick these kids, as Madonna and Angela Jolie did, and expose them and protect them in their white world. I believe that their intentions are good, but they should check their egos to ensure that it’s not all for a show.
- It would be better if they would have interracial relationships, have black friends, regularly interact with Blacks, and allow the ‘inferior race’ to still be themselves, and proudly black.
- I suggest that sometimes it seems all for a show because if Whites want to more provocatively affect racial progress, they should get involved in related political movements, start nonprofits to address Black ills, or interact directly with the Black community, as opposed to selecting a chosen one, and moving them into theirs. This type of action will impact more than one child or mate.
Question 7: What are your feelings about Foreign Immigrants relative to racism?
- I have had personal experiences with international immigrants and therefore have verifiable opinions. But those opinions may be bias, based on those situations.
- I find that other cultures are absolutely beautiful. I admire these cultures that I practice many of their old health regiments, enjoy their native cuisine, research their history, and have worked with them and helped many while they were in need.
- But as Black man, it seems that Blacks always seems to have to stay at the back of the bus, regardless who boards it. It seems that many foreigners prosper in a very short time in this country, as compared to the journey for Blacks. I know that this is a common sentiment among other Blacks, especially when immigrants open businesses in our neighborhoods, sell their poisons to us at a premium, and don’t always treat us very kindly.
- Blacks may view them as minorities also with them, but often they do not view themselves as part of our group. Many don’t know that Irish, German, Italian, Lebanese, Arab, Moroccan, Caucasians identify as White on the US Census. “Hispanic origin can be viewed as the heritage, nationality, lineage, or country of birth of the person or the person’s parents or ancestors before arriving in the United States. People who identify as Hispanic, Latino or Spanish may be any race.” – United States Census Bureau
- Giving Blacks’ experience in the US and abroad, no one is eager to identify as Black. Why are we thinking other minorities are with us?
- Immigrants are often racist and don’t realize it. I can show thins in a few personal instances. In one, a few weeks ago I went to a Mexican restaurant that served me the wrong order. I went back to tell them about it the next day, but not to get a refund. The owner basically told me that I was lying over a $ 9 meal, and called all employees to line up and state one by one if they ever served me. They did, but all said they never saw me before.
- The Ethiopian population is rather large here in Denver. Generally, they are not friendly to Black Americans. Many Blacks notice it. They appear to feel elite over other Africans and African Americans. I believe it has something to do with Ethiopian having found the oldest human fossil, and Halle Selassie defeating the Europeans. I was bodacious enough to ask an Ethiopian why they treat Blacks this way. I was told that they are warned to stay away for Blacks before coming to America, because they are violent, steal and do dope.
- I have had Spanish friends flaunting their culture around, always telling me that I need to learn to dance the Salsa and speak Spanish, while never really embracing the Black culture, as they want me to embrace theirs.
- I have seen racism all over of the world in my travels, receiving bitterness from Europeans and East Africans alike.
- Deceiving the people to believe that we are this way is intended to keep us separate. It hurts, because I know I am not how I am depicted. I know that most blacks are not how they are depicted.
- International immigrants go with the program because figuratively they are dangled with acceptance into the elite White race, but only if they don’t get too chummy with ‘niggers’.
- I realize as most of America does not seem to accept that Blacks were incubated into how they act, live, and their status in society today. But it is true.
- Everyone seems to forget that we are victims. We are clearly victims, not villains.
- Working in the IT field for many years, I have worked with and befriended many Asian Indians. They come off as very humble people. But I never understood why they do everything together. In the workplace, they all arrive together, take lunch together, and leave together. Often they have private socializing that is 100% Indian, to which my Black ass was never invited. Once I started to research Indian history, I found that even Gandhi has made racially charged remarks about Africans. The world has about 872.3 million people below the new poverty line, of which 179.6 million people live in India. India’s caste system allows them to disregard a massive number of its own citizens, with a good conscience. An Indian friend told me that they believe that ‘these people were born into this life by God’. Trust me, Indians will not get involved in controversy and certainly will not stand up for any minority, let alone Black causes.
- Though many immigrants left harsher conditions in their home country, where they were in the ‘hot seat’, and should be empathic, my experience is that they tend to jump on the racist bandwagon, when given an opportunity to.
- As a volunteer citizenship teacher, most of the time when asked, immigrants stated that they wanted to come to America for ‘freedom’. My experience has been with many, that once here, their priority is clearly money. It seems to be the only force that pulls them away from their isolated ways.
Question 8: Please provide a historical perspective on Black civil rights to enlighten this discussion.
- Now tell me do you think that racism exists, or do you believe that Blacks are a lower form of humans, and therefore live accordingly?
- Statistics will show improvements in the Black communities, but they are often compared to themselves. Compare Black (and other minority stats) to that of Whites. The disparity will shine clear.
- Blacks certainly get props for surviving what they have and still endure:
- SLAVERY COMES TO NORTH AMERICA, 1619 – To satisfy the labor needs of the rapidly growing North American colonies, white European settlers turned in the early 17th century from indentured servants (mostly poorer Europeans) to a cheaper, more plentiful labor source: African slaves.
- JIM CROW LAWS – To marginalize blacks, keep them separate from whites and erase the progress they’d made during Reconstruction, “Jim Crow” laws were established in the South beginning in the late 19th century. Blacks couldn’t use the same public facilities as whites, live in many of the same towns or go to the same schools. Interracial marriage was illegal, and most blacks couldn’t vote because they were unable to pass voter literacy tests.
- WORLD WAR II AND CIVIL RIGHTS – Prior to World War II, most blacks were low-wage farmers, factory workers, domestics or servants. By the early 1940s, war-related work was booming, but most blacks weren’t given the better-paying jobs. They were also discouraged from joining the military.
- ROSA PARKS – Parks’ courage incited the Montgomery Improvement Association (MIA) to stage a boycott of the Montgomery bus system. It lasted 381 days until segregated seating was declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court.
- LITTLE ROCK NINE – In 1954, the civil rights movement gained momentum when the United States Supreme Court made segregation illegal in public schools in the case of Brown v. Board of Education.
- CIVIL RIGHTS ACT OF 1957 – Even though all Americans had gained the right to vote, many southern states made it difficult for blacks. They often required them to take voter literacy tests that were confusing, misleading and nearly impossible to pass.
- WOOLWORTH’S LUNCH COUNTER – Despite making some gains, blacks still experienced blatant prejudice in their daily lives. On February 1, 1960, four college students took a stand against segregation in Greensboro, North Carolina when they refused to leave a Woolworth’s lunch counter without being served.
- MARCH ON WASHINGTON – More than 200,000 people, black and white, congregated in Washington, D. C. for the peaceful march with the main purpose of forcing civil rights legislation and establishing job equality for everyone. The highlight of the march was King’s speech in which he continually stated, “I have a dream…”
- CIVIL RIGHTS ACT OF 1964 – President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The law guaranteed equal employment for all limited the use of voter literacy tests and allowed federal authorities to ensure public facilities were integrated.
- BLOODY SUNDAY – On March 7, 1965, the civil rights movement in Alabama took an especially violent turn as 600 peaceful demonstrators participated in the Selma to Montgomery march to protest the killing of a black civil rights activist by a white police officer and encourage legislation to enforce the 15th amendment.
- VOTING RIGHTS ACT OF 1965 – When President Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act into law on August 6, 1965, he took the Civil Rights Act of 1964 several steps further. The new law banned all voter literacy tests and provided federal examiners in certain voting jurisdictions.
- CIVIL RIGHTS LEADERS ASSASSINATED – The civil rights movement had tragic consequences for two of its leaders in the late 1960s, former Nation of Islam leader and Organization of Afro-American Unity founder Malcolm X, and civil rights leader and Nobel Peace Prize recipient Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated on his hotel room’s balcony.
- FAIR HOUSING ACT OF 1968 – The Fair Housing Act became law on April 11, 1968, preventing housing discrimination based on race, sex, national origin, and religion.
- POST-1968 – Economic equality lagged behind social and political equality, especially in the nation’s cities. After the 1960s a rising movement mounted a political challenge to efforts aimed at expanding equality.
- LOS ANGELES RIOTS, 1992 – In March 1991, officers with the California Highway Patrol attempted to pull an African–American man named Rodney King over for speeding on a Los Angeles freeway. After King allegedly resisted arrest and threatened them, four LAPD officers shot him with a TASER gun and severely beat him. Caught on videotape by an onlooker and broadcast around the world, the beating inspired widespread outrage in the city’s African–American community, who had long condemned the racial profiling and abuse its members suffered at the hands of the police force.
- BARACK OBAMA BECOMES 44TH U.S. PRESIDENT, 2008 – On January 20, 2009, Barack Obama was inaugurated as the 44th president of the United States and he was highly disrespected by conservative Republicans. Most of his progress has been erased by Trump.
- 2016 DONALD TRUMP ELECTED PRESIDENT OF THE US – After learning that Donald Trump had been elected president, some folks cried. Sought refuge in the Bible. Comforted frightened children. Or steeled themselves for life under a president who has retweeted white supremacists, promised to increase stop-and-frisk policing in poor black neighborhoods, falsely connected Mexican immigrants to crime, and launched his political brand by attacking the legitimacy of the first black president’s birth certificate.
“Trump created his political popularity by using racist techniques of the birther issue, and he never apologized,” he said. “And his unwillingness to denounce the KKK, I think he was attempting to appeal to the worst of the American nature, that racism which is the original sin of America. And he tapped into the very thing that has historically prevented African-Americans and poor whites from really understanding their similar needs and interests. They don’t understand the level of racism this man displayed.” – Niyonu Spann, an organizational development specialist.
- 2018 TODAY – It is clear, definitely to most Blacks, that ‘we have a strong constitution’. We have endured through what no other race has, including the Jews. Now, many of us have had enough and many of the younger Blacks are reevaluating the strategies of those before them as ineffective.
Our hemorrhaging is still bleeding profusely, but is often hidden by the amped-up Blacks who have progressed, giving the appearance that ‘we have come so far’. But for the most part, prosperity and equality among the whole of the African American population are but an illusion and distraction.
Question 9: Do you have any solutions on how we might resolve racism?
I don’t know exactly what must be done. That is what frightens me. I don’t believe that anyone knows, and those who may have ideas may never get a real platform to present and implement them.
In 2018, there are too many competing issues: The Environment, Racism Against Others Races, Ethnicities & Immigrants, War, The 4-Leggeds, Women’s Issues, The Economy, Jobs, and Tax Cuts.
As a victim of racism, and as one whose every generation prior has been the victim of racism, I feel that addressing this injustice of historical proportions is more important than any of the competing issues above. If a civilization can’t get humanity right, they should not give priority to any other issue.
“As a class of people, we have been riding on the back seat of this bus too fucking long! And every time we move up to another row, we must go to the back of the bus, as others board. It is getting frustrating to participate in this farce.” – Kevy Michaels
What’s more discouraging is that every society requires the oppression of those below the bottom, for those at the top, middle, and above the bottom to survive. This is why there is no incentive to change this situation. Seriously changing it, will requiring changing lives for many who are very comfortable right now, just as things are. …Changing the world as we’ve created it.
What frightens me most is when I look at history. It seems that progress has never been achieved for a people without fighting, war, and deaths. We have a tendency to ignore, war, then look over our shoulder and decide to become more loving. This theme runs through most historical eras, beyond America, and even in biblical history. This may just be the nature of mankind.
But, since this is such a significant issue, and I am stressing that we are all responsible, I brainstormed for a few days about just that, solutions. Outside of all of the research, I did compile this post, contemplating solutions, and it took additional days to do.
Believe it or not, Kevy Michaels is bold enough to offer solutions to racism against Blacks (and others residually)!
First of all, I must thank my deceptive family and friends. Earlier in this post, I drew them into analogy with racists. They both deceived and betrayed. As for them, the thing that I want most is for them to acknowledge their sins, and then apologize. None have. One has come close to acknowledging her deceptive deed but has not apologized. She was pretty clever when confronted. It makes me laugh. Paige told me, “So, you want me to say I apologize”. That was a statement. She never did. She just stated that that’s what I wanted her to do. The others have not admitted to wrongdoings, and have not apologized.
My family, helped me realize that when a person is ‘wronged’ what they want most is a simple apology.
Here are my suggested solutions. They are only a start and may seem kooky to some.
- Admit to Black racism & formally apologize. This is for those who are not victims to do, but it’s mainly for the US government. Maybe the US could make Racial Atonement Day a national holiday, with pompous ceremonies and parades to invigorate a spirit of oneness. Don’t discount this idea. Apologies go a long way.
- Whites should work actively on the front line as their ancestors and families were in creating and perpetuating racism historically, and perhaps currently. Whites were on the front line in the 1960’s with Dr. Martin Luther King.
- Blacks need to massively vote & get elected into key political positions. They will have to change the system from within.
- Money talks – Blacks and other races who support black causes should flex their economic muscle power. Boycotts and boycott publicity can change things. Look at the new Nike campaign. They know from where their bread and butter comes.
- Change the direction of our government policies, and related spending to eradicate the disparities, aiming for more equitable metrics, just as is done with corporate budgets each year.
- Get corporate and Political Action Committee (PAC) money out of democracy
- Show civil disobedience and don’t stop when it stops making the 5 o’clock news.
- Immigrants should not only be required to know the Bill of Rights, US Constitution, and US History, as they are currently. They should also be required to know Black history, ESL, US customs, culture, and etiquette. This should be the only increased scrutiny in immigration that we need, not if one is from a Muslim country or not. This requirement could be met over time for those fleeing for asylum, but should still be required.
- Blacks, knowing what you know and what has been passed down about racism, accept it, and use it to ‘Still Rise’! Stop falling for the okey-doke. Remember, God helps those who help themselves.
- The US Government should give reparations and/or restore Affirmative Action for Blacks if feeling really generous.
- Look at our world civilization metaphysically. See all of civilization as ONE. We are not only connected divinely to nature, and stars, we are connected to each other. What harms one of us, ultimately harms us all.
Messages to Whites, Blacks, Foreign Immigrants, and Humans, From Kevy
I must remind you that this is my opinion.
I sacrifice myself and possibly my reputation for you by revealing my deepest feelings on racism, not representing anyone, but myself.
I cannot speak for all Blacks. We are not a monolithic group. Hell, polls indicate that nearly 40% of Blacks support Trump! That I don’t get.
Surely if you are not already pissed by reading this post, this section is most likely to piss someone off because I provide blunt advice to White, Blacks, Immigrants, and Humans, that may not always seem flattering. But it is truly how I feel.
This is the section that friends asked that I temper. I didn’t do so too much because I do not want to dilute the discussion.
My opinions deserve to be attacked like anyone else’s. I can explain why I feel as I do, while those opposed can explain their sentiments. Perhaps being honest with each other we can make progress.
That is the intention of this post.
Here are my messages:
Message to Whites
- Accept that racism is alive and that only those who are victims can judge whether it is or not.
- Whites should read history or this entire post, and logically accept that Blacks’ endurance of hundreds of years of the most brutal racism in history has an effect on Blacks and other minorities today.
- Be vocal about stamping out racism. Become politically active. Stand on the front lines.
- Embrace equality as the highest civil and political priority. Don’t put tax cuts, four-legged rights, and even the environment above human equality. Equality is square one. Without it, in a democracy, we will never achieve optimally, and if not careful, racism can lead to our own destruction.
- Don’t feel so comfortable with all Blacks that you kid and joke with them on racial matters. Our sensitivity runs deep. We use human radar to identify with precision any inkling of racism. Walk on eggshells when joking with blacks.
- Be very careful when trying to dance like or talk as you think Blacks do. It often comes out as an insult and is often negatively exaggerated. If you are not in company that can handle such actions, don’t do this.
- Don’t think that you can call us nigger, because we may refer to each other as ‘our nigga’. The philosophy behind the use of this word runs deep and down different paths, depending on which side of the road you walk. It means something different to Blacks when they refer to each other using the ‘N’ word. And, that meaning, but not the word, is exclusive to Blacks among themselves. I understand how absurd it may seem as a justification. So, you are not wrong to think that it is okay to use the word when referring to others. I have come up with an analogy, though. I love analogies. Blacks calling each other ‘nigga’ is like women referring to each other, and themselves as ‘bitches’. This is a common practice today of, The View, Beyonce, Britney Spears, etc. I hate when women are referred to as ‘bitches’!
Now, if a man were to walk up to a woman and say, ‘Hey Bitch, how the hell are you?’, then that just would not work, though she may refer to herself as ‘a bad bitch’. I find their use and being offended paradoxical. But, I accept that my using the word is different than a woman who is comfortable with using it. Get the point?
- Affirmative Action programs are equalizers for hundreds of years of setbacks. Appreciate that they are not a form of reverse discrimination because they are meant to be unequally skewed to those who have been oppressed.
- It is not racist to be proud to be Black, Mexican, African, or proud of any culture and history that is not European.
- Be real. The onus is on you to show that you are as nondiscriminatory now, as you showed the world the racism of your ancestors and some family members.
- Minorities are not going anywhere and are already the majority of the world population. This matter must be resolved soon.
Messages to Blacks
- We are all Children of God. ‘All’ means all races, Black, White, or Brown.
- Not all of us are good. Not all of us are bad. Admit that some whites are ‘good people’. Some blacks are ‘bad people’.
- Often the issue is not solely racial, as we may see it. Racism may exist on the other end, but often it is influenced by simply whether that person is of love and honesty, or of hate and deception. Additionally, greed and economic discrimination come off as strictly about skin color, when it is more three-dimensional than that.
- Get over it. ‘It is what it is.’
- Life is a struggle, but never give in. Use barriers as you always have to make your circumstances, and that of others, even better. Don’t get pulled under, fight back for your dignity.
- Multiracial, and Passe Blancs, stop that shit! You are not and never will be the whites of the black community. If you consider yourself Black, you stand with Blacks, as far as racial identity.
- Love Yourself!
- Show more pride in displaying your culture, in whichever lifestyle you embrace.
Consider this: While you may be tend to feel that your culture has been stolen, be sure to also recognize that you have a culture, within other cultures, here in America.
…And, it’s changed the world, no less!You have turned oppression into art forms, and achievement, exquisitely.
When you add your African culture to your American cultures, realize that you are some kind of awesome! Show it more, with dignity.
- Most African Africans are African first, then 2 – 3 other cultures. My cultures are African, African American, Cuba, and European.
In ourselves, we embody the melting pot image that I believe God had in mind.
- Accept that some Blacks and minorities will fall by the waste side through drugs, incarceration, crimes, and family abandonment. Many will died.
- Stop thinking that every action taken against you by whites is racism. There is such a thing as a person just not liking you, or you not being qualified for the job you seek. Now if you are denied because ‘you are not All-American’, that’s subtle racism as it is practiced in the workplace today.
- Stop stabbing each other in the back. This should be the easiest message to understand. We do not have to ‘claw our way to the top’ at the expense of your brother and sister.
- Don’t become racist yourself, against other races, and ever your own. These are the very people with whom you will have to work to resolve the problem.
- Stop being goddamn Boujee, when you get a lil sumthing, sumthing! Just because you obtained a degree, a Lexus, have money in the bank, and rub elbows with the white and rich, don’t fool yourself into thinking you are better. You are not, unless you don’t shit, as I do.
- Even if washed in the blood of Christ, don’t use that to discriminate against others who are sinners just like you. Don’t hate because someone else sins differently than you do. …Different than your sins. Oh, and by the way, we have all been washed in the blood. You are not that special.
- Help each other. Many other minorities do this much better than Blacks. Perhaps our racial experience has been so intense that we really hate each other and the image of our Blackness. Don’t do that! You make me sick! If you consider not holding so tightly to what you know, and lift up your brothers and sisters, perhaps you wouldn’t have to guard your current status and could move up even further.
- Be real. Whites are not going anywhere and pretty much run and own the world. Somehow, in spite of this, we have to work things out.
- Don’t act as though you are so victimized, even though most times you are. Soaking in such pain will only yield stagnation. See the unseen possibilities as opposed to the well-defined barriers. …Enough already!
- Realize that if you work together you are unstoppable. God is on your side, because God is Love, especially if you are of Love.
Message to Foreign Immigrants
- Admit to the fact that there are racial issues in your country of origin. Use knowledge gained from your home experiences to end racism in your life, as opposed to propagating it to ‘make it to the top’ in America.
- Assimilate to the US culture if only to show appreciation for being here.
- Learn American values, customs, and etiquette.
- Stop using being ‘foreign’ as an excuse to not be in the know. Learn what you need to learn. You came here, didn’t you?
- Honor your culture, but don’t exclude others in the process.
- Adapt to US customs and traditions. This is where you live now! Smile, shake hands and offer kind gestures to those how are different from you. Socialize with others, not of your culture.
- Learn to speak English. Though it is not a requirement, do it out of respect, gratitude, and your appreciation for being able to live in America. If not, realize that speaking in a foreign language in front of most Americans, when you know how to speak English, will annoy them, and it’s considered rude.
- Stop being so damn capitalistic to extent that money matters more than people. This message is triggered by how capitalistic and sometimes cruel foreign entrepreneurs can be at convenience stores like 7-11, and at liquor stores in Black neighborhoods.
- Don’t impose your culture on Americans, unless you are receptive to American culture. It’s reciprocal.
- Mingle with other races in the workplace instead of exclusively with your own.
- Support the US economy more. Stop shopping and being a customer exclusively to businesses which are in your ethnic community.
- Run for office. Participate in the American way.
- Be grateful for your current living situation. Reflect on your standard of living, freedom, and form of government here in the States relative to what your experience was in the home country that led you here.
Message to Humans
- Together we are powerful and can enact anything that we desire as a civilization. Most of us are on the same page organically, but at some point fall for Satan’s tricks to divide us. See post of Satan’s tricks. Such tactics would not be used in government, corporations, and high places, if there wasn’t fear of our enormous collective power.
- Recognize that regardless of race, there are good and bad people. Accept that your own people will burn you, while persons of another race could help you. This applies to every race. I was burned most often by Blacks in my family and community.
- Genuinely reach out to other races. Try to understand and appreciate all culture’s richness, as well as, the contributions that they have made to society.
- Think about how we can work together because we must. Fighting to the finish will be quite ugly, and may literally be ‘the finish’.
- Work from within to change the minds of close friends and family about racism. That would be a start.
- Vote against any sense of racism that you get from legislation or candidates. Read the details of each bill and candidate. Racism is subtly stated or implied by the impact.
- If you believe in God, or a higher power that prioritizes Love and Equality, act like it.
- Don’t sit back, do something to make race relations better.
- Don’t be so damn selfish if things are working well for you. Accept that you are not that special because everyone does not get access to the opportunities that you have.
- View racial relations spiritually, and metaphysically. See all humans as one force. If you do, you will not hurt anyone for you would be hurting yourself.
- Try to imagine our world without Blacks and other minorities. Take away all contributions.
- Genuinely reach out to Blacks and other minorities. Try to understand and appreciate the rich culture and all that we have been through, at the hands of elite and powerful interests.
- Recognize that Blacks have become very sensitive to and perceptive of racism. Think twice about your approaches and actions.
- Religious ‘so-called’ leaders, you disgust me. I gave you my trust when I was vulnerable. I feel betrayed in the name of God, by you. There is nothing more distasteful than religious deception and blasphemy. Though some are well-intentioned, collectively you are not passionate enough about one of man’s most vile deceptions, violating all categories of the cardinal sins. Where are you on human equality? …Especially those who support Trump and his divisive practices. Is it money that inhibits you from being true?
- See racism as the diseased side of our One Body. Overall, our bodies and minds are loving. There is a part, however, that is hateful. Amplify Love to drown out and kill the Hate.
Photo Gallery On Race At Its Best and Worse
Articles on The Consequences of Racism If Not Addressed
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7 Ways We Know Systemic Racism Is Real – Ben & Jerry’s
A Grain Of Saul: The Definitive Proof Racism Is Real — And What To Do About It – ISAAC SAUL @IKE_SAUL MAY 11, 2018
Is America Headed for a New Kind of Civil War? – The New Yorker – By Robin Wright – August 14, 2017
K-12 Disparity Facts and Statistics – UNCF – 2016
CRIMINAL JUSTICE FACT SHEET – Incarceration Trends in America – NAACP – 2016
Profile: Black/African Americans – US Department of Health & Human Services – 2015
Systematic Inequality – How America’s Structural Racism Helped Create the Black-White Wealth Gap – Angela Hanks, Danyelle Solomon, and Christian E. Weller – February 21, 2018
Police killings of black men in the U.S. and what happened to the officers – USA TODAY NETWORK – Josh Hafner, – March 29, 2018
Videos On Race
Note: I do not agree with all of the views presented below but provide them to trigger reflection, and at best reflection on racism and possible solutions. My views are provided in detail above, the videos below provide views of others.
Race Relations in America | Documentary – 6,963 views – Government Videos – Published on May 21, 2016
By: Lidya Tadesse and Molly Kwitny Editing: Lidya Tadesse
Kevin Costner takes on the issue of race in America – 153,153 views – CNN – Published on Jan 29, 2015
On the heels of his new film – “Black or White” – Don Lemon welcomes actor Kevin Costner for a frank discussion on race that comes amid heightened tensions in Ferguson, Missouri
Rapper Common Speaks Out On The State Of Race Relations In America – 14,585 views – Willie D Live – Published on Aug 17, 2017
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Kellyanne Conway talks race relations in America – 15,077 views – Fox News – Published on Aug 12, 2018
Virginia and Washington brace for protests and counter-protests one year after deadly violence in Charlottesville; reaction from Kellyanne Conway, counselor to President Trump.
Obama discusses race relations in the US – 10,159 views – Business Insider – Published on Jan 10, 2017
Watch Obama explain why a ‘post-racial America’ was always unrealistic during his farewell speech.
Are Race Relations Worse Under President Trump? – 26 views – KFYO – Lubbock, TX – Published on Aug 9, 2018
One new poll shows that Americans believe race relations are worse now under President Trump. And that may be the case if we are looking at a short period of time, but are race relations suffering because of the President or because of how things are being reported in the media?
Asking White People About Racism In America (2017) – 37,891 views – J- LEETHAL – Published on Jul 18, 2017
In this film we hit the streets of America to ask “white” people what their thoughts are about Racism in America in 2017..we must realize that in order to understand and begin to solve an issue, it is imperative to listen to and evaluate the perspectives of people that may not share the same background and upbringing as yourself. Does Racism still exist? Do you know anyone personally that is racist? Is this problem able to be fixed or are we stuck in a perpetual cycle of hatred?#LetsDiscuss
Charles Barkley gets real on race in America in new series – 65,650 views – CBS This Morning – Published on May 5, 2017
Charles Barkley had a legendary career in the NBA for 16 seasons. He has since become a popular and outspoken analyst on TNT’s “Inside the NBA” and has a new documentary series discussing race relations called “American Race.” In one episode, he speaks with alt-right founder Richard Spencer and civil rights attorney Gerald Griggs, He joins “CBS This Morning” to discuss how his new series aims to spark conversations about race in America. Subscribe to the “CBS This Morning” Channel HERE: http://bit.ly/1Q0v2hE Watch “CBS This Morning” HERE: http://bit.ly/1T88yAR Watch the latest installment of “Note to Self,” only on “CBS This Morning,” HERE: http://cbsn.ws/1Sh8XlB
Chris Rock Keeps It Real On Race Relations – 84,713 views – Secular Talk – Published on Dec 1, 2014
Comedian Chris Rock doesn’t think there’s “race relations” in the United States. Rather, white people have acted crazy and today they act less crazy.
What Is Race Realism? – 80,726 views – American Renaissance – Published on Jan 23, 2018
Jared Taylor of American Renaissance explains why it is vital to understand the truth about race: that it is a biological fact and that races are not the same. Denying the reality of race and insisting that all groups are equivalent makes it impossible to understand race relations in the United States. It also undermines any resistance to the massive Third-World immigration that is radically changing the West.
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