Frustrated, Aggravated, Discouraged by Black Stereotypes

Kern,
Seattle, OR.
Collected from The Race Card Project, On Location: Seattle Community Colleges

With each passing decade (now 5 of them)I have reflected on whether the issue of race has improved, declined or remained the same. I must say that it seems that for every step forward (a President of color, women and PEO astronauts, noted Black scientists, a holiday named after a Black man) we retreat greatly by continuing to ignore the racial issues that still exist in America. It’s as if the fight for equa rights and fair treatment ended with the 60’s civil rights movement. Racial stereotypes are allow to flourish on nightly newscasts and in TV programming unabated. The moment there is a challenge about it the majority cries foul. If the voices of those who are the targets of the stereotypes continue to be ignored and/or silenced and their concerns go unaddressed then we as a society should not be surprised when one day we will have to deal with the angry wrath that will result from such a lack of conscience and abuse of power.

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  • Don’tBlameMeIEnslavedNoOne

    Nightly newscasts? In what way? This is generic hogwash. If you see someone who happens to be black on the news for a negative reason, it’s not for the color of his/her skin. Please, the victim mentality you a sporting simply isn’t supported by reality.

    • Brittany Stevenson

      You strike me as someone who hasn’t lived a day in the life of a black person. Why, then, do you feel qualified to talk about what it’s like?

  • Johnny Vineyard

    Who’s ignoring the racial issues? MLK said he wanted that door flung wide open. Well, white people, by a vast majority, have unlocked it, opened it, and stepped out of the way. White people are not the ones blocking that door.

    But the prominent black people who point at the ones who are holding back the black community are instantly demonized. Best of all, angry people tell them that they’ve forgotten what it’s like to be black now that they’re successful.

    Tell me, if our country is so racist, how could it be possible for a black person to forget that they’re black? And yeah, I’m angry, because I grew up as part of the only white family in a black neighborhood and I watched those kids choose to fail because the alternative–success in school–was labeled “acting white”. I do apologize if being white means that you actually care about your future. Too few of my neighbors from back then bucked that trend and, unsurprisingly, nearly all of them are quite successful at this point in their lives.

  • Medina-Merino

    What you say is all true…but truer still is the fact the US is and always will be a racially-polarized society founded on the principles of racial anhiliation, racial subjugation and different treatment under the law for black and red people…and token gestures like naming streets after alleged black “heroes”, erecting fake monuments to the indigenous outside of gambling casinos, patting million dollar athletes on the ass, and having trite festivals celebrating “diversity” are never going to change that. All that is accomplished by these dishonest political (and profitable) gestures is that the white majority can return to their all-white, gated neighborhoods til the day they can retire to their all-white Lutheran retirement homes in Santa Barbara, CA, where they can indulge their fake diversity gestures by ordering their illegal Mexican Indian maids to bring them more Polish Spring water for their French Poodles as they (white liberals) munch on Thai take-out and order their Japanese gardener where they want that latest Indian totem pole installed…seen it!

 

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