By Gary Norris Gray, Staff Reporter
OAKLAND, CA.- The United States of America celebrated its birthday on Thursday, July 4th, 2019.This country continues to hold on to some of its old history and continues to fight new political, social, and economic innovations.
America fights the truth staring them in the face when it comes to the issue of race. The legislation declaring its Black citizens as three fifths vote is one example. The Three-Fifths Compromise is found in Article 1, Section 2, Clause 3 of the Constitution. It is still in the constitution, even though it has been amended twice.
Former quarterback Colin Kaepernick just reminded America with the Betsy Ross Nike Flag shoes controversy. President Donald J. Trump reminded us with the continued detention of South American children and the separation from their parents at our southern boarders.
Our fellow citizens reminded us in the Northwest and South with the rise of supremacist groups and the unfurling of the Confederate Flag. A Black woman was chosen to play a mermaid…a fictitious character; people are upset but they say they’re not racist. A Black man, Idris Elba would be perfect to play the role of James Bond; not British enough, people are upset but they say they’re not racist.
Then you let Elizabeth Taylor play Cleopatra and Leonoro Ruffo from Italy to play Queen Sheba who was Black as night. Not a word. You’re trying to tell me that racism and bigotry in America are dead. This cannot be the legacy of the United States of America. This has to change to Make America TRULY Great Again.
This is a letter to a friend in Southern California to remind her too we are still not free and our history is still dark.
Just wanted to write you in this letter to clear up some real Black History. I have been thinking about what you said and what it means to me as a African-American male.
It means that you are not listening to what I’m saying just the way I’m saying it… you want me to be nice and quiet after I have been stepped on, pushed, swore at, and hit, but that’s o.k. right?
Be a nice little Negro and don’t say anything and please don’t get angry, It ain’t happening and I will write you a ten page letter to explain why.
Here is some advice. Never tell a Black person not to be mad or angry. We have earned that right. Just like men should never tell a woman not to be angry if she was sexually abuse or a gay person after being beat up for being who they are.
I took the time and effort to write this letter I truly hope you take the time effort to read it and understand it. If you don’t agree that’s o.k. but it’s time to stop playing games.
Sometimes people really misunderstand each other. Sometimes people do not understand how difficult it was and still is growing up Black in the United States. I’m not going into the disabled part because that’s a whole different ballgame and that would take ten more pages.
Are there bad Black people? Yes, but there are also misbehaving Latino, Asian, Middle Eastern, and white people too, nobody talks about them. Black people should be mad every single day because of the way African-Americans are treated and betrayed in this nation every day.
Here is the difference the ruling class (whites) never call out their bad apples while calling out the minority misfits every time, everyday, this is not fair or right but it exist.
We know there are Klan members in many police departments across this land but will the other men and women in blue call them out? NO, the question should be asked, WHY?
Another example of people behaving badly is our current President of the United States. President Donald J. Trump should be called out for being a complete jerk. Nobody will ever do that because Mr. Trump is a bully.
Here is a homework assignment. Look at your local news for 14 days and witness how Black people are portrayed compared to other people. How Black killers and law breakers get the lead story on the front page while some white killers and law breakers get page 14 or the back page.
Take notes. Notice the words spoken, notice the faces describing a Black criminal compared to a white criminal… this is how racism begins; this is how racism is maintained. IT NEEDS TO STOP.
Question America you said that I should write like Martin L. King like flowers and roses into the wind, that’s fine but how did he die? You say I should not be like Malcolm X with that fire, that anger, that heart. How did they die? Both were killed by gun fired engineered by white males.
One Black man spoke of peace, harmony, non-violent, love, cooperation, and calm the other Black man was a revolutionary, a fire brand, a Black world historian. Both are still dead, what was the difference? That’s what I’ve been trying to get you to see. Question do Black Lives Matter? Do they really matter? because the answer I’m getting back is, no
America did not love King until after he died in 1968, just as America hated The Heavyweight Champion of the World Ali, why? They both were a political, social, and an economic threat.
America hated Malcolm X who died in 1965 and they still don’t like him because he always spoke the truth and he would not sugar coating it, America did not like to be told they are incorrect and Malcolm did this every chance he got. That’s what got him killed.
What happened when Martin died? cities all over the country when up in flames. They went up in flames because Black people tried the non-violent and peaceful way for 25-30 years and got little or nothing for their efforts. America always responds to violence be it good or bad the nation responds.
Gary Norris Gray – Writer, Author, Historian, Gibbs Magazine-Oakland, California and New England Informer- Boston, Mass. THE GRAYLINE:- The Analects of A Black Disabled Man, The Gray Leopard Cove, Soul Tree Radio In The Raw, and The Batchelor Pad Network, Disabled Community Activist. Email email@example.com
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