Racism Still Alive, They Just Be Concealing It

Ok, it’s been a while since I posted, and it’s due in part to me being consumed with my thoughts on racism, and not knowing how I could express these thoughts without coming on too strong (maybe I’ve been reading too many books on race relations, I don’t know). This isn’t about being an angry Black woman or anything like that, more so about the wool that’s been efficiently pulled over many of our eyes. I haven’t figured out how to tone it down, but I’m going to share my thoughts with you anyway. I think my bigger problem is that I just have too much to say, but here goes…

No Hate

As of the last few years, especially these last couple of months, it seems that we’ve been bombarded by the media with racist, or seemingly racist acts here, a hate crime there, from Trayvon Martin to Oscar Grant. There are, of course, many racist acts and comments that don’t even get the media attention that the two cited above have, like the murder of James Anderson by a 19-yr-old male, or the comments of former GOP candidate Rick Santorum. The fact that this stuff isn’t well-reported on isn’t what annoys me though. It’s the fact that when it is, well, everyone seems extremely surprised. Because you know, racism doesn’t exist anymore.

As a Black woman, I am constantly confronted with comments and actions that can be deemed racist. It seems silly, that people would be overtly racist in my presence, since they know my racial make-up, right? But no. My fair skin tends to make people forget who they’re talking to. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been told, “Well, you’re not Black Black“, or have been “in on” jokes full of racist stereotypes (“It’s because you like fried chicken, huh, huh” as they nudge me). I’ve even had people use the N-word around me, and THOUGHT IT WAS OK! And when you check people, whoo, watch out. You’re now labeled a reverse racist and a race baiter.

Racism

Most people don’t like to hear about this, because they believe that Black people are beating a dead horse, that we need to “get over it”. While I believe that some less motivated people use our past as a crutch, there’s no denying that racism is still prevalent. Just because you don’t hear about it on the news daily, doesn’t mean it’s not happening in your own backyard. When you’re not Black (or any other racial group that’s constantly persecuted), it’s easy to convince yourself that society has gotten better, and that we’re all one big happy family. Remember, although slavery was eradicated in 1865, it was still an institution for approximately 300 years. And Black people didn’t receive equal rights until the 1965 Voting Rights Act…years after my parents were born. There are still people alive who played a HUGE part in perpetuating the race crimes, who took part in the 500 year campaign to view the people of the African diaspora as less than human …you think they changed their mindset in 1965? Yeah, right.

Runaway Slave

Point is, stop thinking that the events that happen now are rare in nature, because they’re not. If you don’t like to see it, then educate yourselves, do what you can to make sure that it actually ceases to exist. I would have liked to make this post longer, but I think you’ve read enough. I’ll also be discussing this topic on April 27th, on BWE Network. Because I don’t pretend to know everything about everything, I definitely appreciate your comments and thoughts. Oh, and don’t forget to follow me on Twitter!

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About Multi-Racial Misfit

There's too much randomness going on my head for me to deprive the world of it. Most of this won't make sense. But that's how misfits live.

4 responses to “Racism Still Alive, They Just Be Concealing It

  1. Judy

    I have encountered more racism lately in the current years than I did back in the 70’s. Being in an interracial marriage is never easy, but being in one for over 30 years you do tend to recognize racism before the average person does. If you really want to know if someone you know is racist, just listen to how many times they comment on how our current economic crisis is due to the fault of President Obama! It never ceases to amaze me how many “white” people that I work with continue to blame President Obama for the situation that we are in. Doesn’t matter that he inherited the mess that the Republicans left behind. Also, go into a store with one of your black friends in a predominately white neighborhood and watch the reaction you get from the people who own the establishment. Even now, when I work at my part-time job, they will only call for security when people of other ethnic groups besides caucasian walk into the store. Does this mean that white people do not steal? I think not!! Just wanted to express my opinion on racism.

  2. Hillary O'Conoway

    Interesting that I should happen to run across your blog. Here are two other blogs dealing with racism that I think you would enjoy and should comment on!

    This one started it all:
    http://declareitfearlessly.wordpress.com/2012/03/19/heres-to-you-homeboy/
    It’s about this girl saying how racism isn’t an issue and isn’t something African Americans should struggle with.

    Then this blogger did a response to it and I think it was very well done:
    http://athousandtimes1000.wordpress.com/2012/03/25/heres-to-you-blogger/
    I think she wrote beautifully and I love her blog over all but she has a unique perspective as a half-white and half-black minority.

    Thought you might enjoy. I know both of them would love your comments since they both seem to be pretty active on their blogs. Anyways…there’s my two cents. I would like to know your thoughts even if you don’t respond on their blogs though.

    • Thank you, Hillary, so much for reading my blog and your recommendations. I am definitely impressed with the second blogger’s site, and I’m attempting to formulate a constructive comment on her page. I was so impressed that I immediately hit the follow button! Thanks again!

      • Hillary O'Conoway

        I knew you would like her! I really like her blog. It’s interesting. I would like I see more comments from her on politics but I think it’s a very good balance of life. Also, the first blogger, that said that racism is not around and being a minority is not a struggle, wrote a new post yesterday in response to the other bloggers response. It was very ignorant. Anyways, enjoy!

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