I don’t need a disclaimer, but I’ll add one anyway. I have a Latino last name, I was married to a Black American, I date a Ghanian, and my maiden name is Drewery. Oh! And I crush a few white men movie stars, my boo thang…. Matthew McConaughey (I am checking on you! I know you are still getting over the Rona, so please feel better boo! We need you!). Every time I think of how sexy he looked in A Time to Kill….whoa…Ok…so let me keep going…..I think yall see I DO NOT discriminate, but I am very AWARE and VOCAL!
I live in this extremely nice community. I am surrounded by spoiled A&& White folx who are so concerned with the pool being opened because they want a tan. I wonder if they really realize how spoiled they are? Probably not, because I was the one that posted in our community app forum to stop complaining and sit down. There are so many other things that we need to be doing versus going to the damn pool to get a tan…and OH yeah protesting to open up SHIT!
When Blacks protest, its seen as alarming and we are aggressive, but when white folx protest…and shed their White tears…and add their emotions= they will get their way.
I started rereading the Constitutionhttps://constitutionus.com and I’ve reread it a couple of times over the week. I remember being in Constitutional Law class my 1L year of law school. I remember my white professor from Alabama very well. I remember discussing affirmative action and other cases that centered around racial discrimination and her face….it was so red. She shared with me when we walked out of class that she felt so uncomfortable because of the class make up. This was probably the most Black students she had ever had in my law class and ….she asked if I would say something the next class. I taught African American studies. I was a part time law school student, and a full time college professor at this time.
When I read The Constitution, I don’t see any protection for me. I don’t see any protection for my son. I don’t see or feel that anyone that is not White has a voice. When I read the history behind why it was created, I definitely know people like me were not included. I don’t know much about my ancestors, but I can make assumptions. My grand-dads last name was Drewery. He is from North Carolina. THIS IS a JOKE: my mom has that good hair and when I condition mine really good, it curls up pretty nice too….JOKE! I’m sure my family, like many Blacks lived on some plantation; particularly since my grandparents are from North Carolina. I can assume my great great grandmother was born about 90 years or so after The Constitution was ratified…1788, so around 1888. We have our students remembering this, but we fail them. We fail to tell them that even though it was ratified, many states still didn’t free slaves. And not only that what happened when slaves were free? If we don’t teach our kids how to live after they leave our house, what will happen? So, how many slave masters taught Blacks how to be successful? How many slave masters sat down and gave them a layout of how to live post slavery…right! I knew you were a smart cookie reader!
So, in 1864 (and we all know these dates because they drilled this shit in our heads. We have to remember all of these white folx dates, but they don’t ever and I mean ever take the time to be objective and see our plight.) the 13th amendment was passed. Well damn, it took yall long enough…And still no progress was made. So, when I hear white folx say, opportunities were available…SIT yo butt (I will not say A&& because I’ve used my limit of cuss words today and I don’t want to seem too aggressive in this blog….) because there is an AMENDMENT to add everything! And please don’t give me the white woman and women votes being added in an amendment crap, because that is NOT the same! You have an entire race of people who were not treated inhumanly and were not even prepared for success post the inhumane treatment (and this is the mild version…you know if I add links of coon-cooking and lynching that actually happened in the 1900’s, some might feel appalled..).
Ok, so or so when my great grandmother was around, what was in place for people that looked like me? OH!! Nothing! Reader, you are So DARN smart! There was nothing at all because there still was nothing in those papers created by white men to ensure people that looked like me. Now, there were some that crushed “us.” (thats where that GOOD hair come from….follow me?). Ok, so then there were still Supreme court cases, protests, marches, deaths, lynches all to assist with people being treated LIKE people! Do you see what I wrote? People being treated like people! And what I hate are oblivious white folx from the south or from the midwest who think just because they don’t use the n-word and they only judge them when they leave that is not being a racist. You don’t have to be a member of the KKK to be a racist. You can still smile in my Black face and be a racist.
It takes me back to that time when even though everything showed it was racial discrimination, it just couldn’t be because a white person was able to hold a conversation with a Black person. But…..nevermind.
So as I see protests and the white tears wanting society to open up, the reality is they will get it. Hell, Trump might just become the President again because regardless of what he does, he is immune to this document that was created by White men and only add amendments for people that look like me. https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/apr/30/michigan-protests-coronavirus-lockdown-armed-capitol
As Blacks are dying, our students are struggling, inequity is truly seen, and rich white people continue to play golf and mistreat nannies, and of course go to beaches to get a tan (lucky me…I’m the color they want to be, but they really don’t want this all of the time…), protests versus finding something constructive to do….but this is the United States of America where voices are heard when you are white with money….
I’ll add more, but until then, take a moment and read this…just why and what if it was a group of Blacks? And if you haven’t watched a White Man’s Burden https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/1067214_white_mans_burden, this would be a good time to see for yourself….what privilege looks like.
#ThisThingCalledLife #WillTheySITDown #WhitePrivilege