[This was originally posted February 22, 2016]
What if Colin Powell were President of the United States, instead of Barack Obama?
Would White liberals be so focused on the President’s race if Colin Powell were our first Black president?
Would White liberals be so disrespectfully condescending toward Black Americans if Colin Powell were President of the United States?
It’s not supposed to be about race–so why is it?
I have never seen such disrespectfully condescending behavior toward Black Americans by White Americans as I’ve seen since 2008.
Since 2008, To Kill a Mockingbird has been touted as the greatest work of American literature–and given such a disproportionate amount of praise and attention that one would think no other novel had ever been written.
To Kill a Mockingbird is a novel centering on injustice toward a Black American by White Americans. And it was written by a White woman. And it is not surprising to me at all that this disproportionate amount of praise of To Kill a Mockingbird is coming from Whites.
The term “African American” is as inaccurate for Black Americans as the term “European American” is for White Americans.
“Native American” is quite accurate because–though the Native Americans have not always been here–their ancestors arrived tens of thousands of years before ours did.
But though the ancestors of Black Americans could accurately be called “African Americans”, their descendants cannot. Just as though the ancestors of White Americans could accurately be called “European Americans”, their descendants cannot.
And the interesting thing is that the term “African American” seems almost exclusively used by White Americans. Most Black Americans don’t call themselves “African Americans”.
Could it be that the term “African American” was invented by disrespectfully condescending White Americans?
Even Black History Month–why is there a month set aside for the history of a group of Americans based solely on race?
Why not have a History Month for Americans of all races and ethnicities, instead?
I think disrespectfully condescending Whites came up with the idea of “Black History Month” too.
Even those who called for this cultural genocide against the American South were almost exclusively White. And the politician, Nikki Haley, who abused her authority as Governor of South Carolina, in starting this cultural genocide against the American South, was White. And the mayor of Pensacola, Ashton Hayward, who brought this cultural genocide against the American South to Pensacola, was White. And even the little band of little-tin-gods who demanded that the Escambia County Commission uphold Mayor Ashton Hayward’s act of cultural genocide was almost exclusively White–led by Dianne Krumel–a White woman.
I cannot speak for my fellow Americans who are Black–Americans of African descent. Because I’m a White American of European descent.
But I cannot help but wonder:
If I were a Black American–an American of African descent–how would I feel about all these Whites condescending toward me simply because of my race?
Bigotry is not always apparent and direct–sometimes it is disguised as well-meaning sympathy.
Yet this “well-meaning sympathy”–this disrespectfully condescending treatment of Black Americans by White Americans–is still bigotry.
And frankly, I’m sick of it–it’s disgustingly self-righteous and hypocritical.
When I see a Black person, I see a person. I couldn’t care less that his or her race is different from mine. I don’t think less of him or her because he or she is Black–but I also don’t pretend to think more of him or her because he or she is Black. Because that kind of shallow, pretentious behavior is not only disrespectful–it’s just bigotry.
Race really doesn’t matter to me.
And if race really doesn’t matter to you, why don’t you stop pretending that it does?