I read a “Facebook conversation” this month that was triggered by a photo of Abraham Lincoln mentioning his significance in helping to abolish slavery in America. Who would have ever thought this could turn into a negative conversation in the United States? Participants were actually saying that he is white and therefore not a part of “black history?!” This President of the United States that was a huge voice in getting laws passed that abolished this horrendous practice is not to be mentioned simply because he happens to have white skin?
I suspect our country is in a serious “regression” if we honestly can’t see how ridiculous it is that a conversation like this could take place on social media amongst people you might otherwise consider “educated.” Some of these same people are also “pro-choice” despite the fact that abortion is the number one killer of blacks and minorities.
Margaret Sanger, who is the founder of Planned Parenthood, deserves a mention this month. She is a white woman who founded this organization specifically to get rid of black people and minorities. She is a “hero” to many in the Democratic Party. If you support this party and/or consider yourself pro-choice, I think it’s safe to say that you really shouldn’t be talking at all about Black History. You actually support black people not being born and as a result, they wouldn’t have any history.
It seems to me that it’s okay to not include “white people” in any event or outing. It’s never “racist or socially unacceptable” to leave a white person out of anything. If a white person mentions this, they are racist, not the person or persons doing the actual discriminating. In many cases, it’s a losing battle no matter what the white person says or does. This concerns me quite a bit.
Too many people are making everything about skin color and you’d think by now we would realize the dangers of speaking in terms of “black and white”. I truly believe that if we’d stop talking in these terms and truly do our best to integrate instead of segregate, in every way possible on an individual basis, we will be moving forward quickly. Our country is not without sin, but we did come a long way since slavery was abolished in 1865. We had a black President for eight years and the fact that he won twice should tell us all something. It should tell us that it’s time to start looking at people instead of skin color.
I see our country “regressing” instead of moving forward. I know many will think I’m racist because I am writing this or that I am white and I just don’t understand. Doesn’t it make perfect sense to try to solve a problem without creating the same problem with people of another skin color? What does creating another problem accomplish? If we don’t stop this nonsense it will just continue and get worse! It seems like now it’s ok to take “white people” out of history and/or exclude them whenever anyone wants. Is it really ok to have black colleges or events for Hispanics or blacks only, etc.? It concerns me when I see anyone, regardless of their skin color, talking in terms of race and participating in segregated events and outings. I don’t think this solves anything.
All this is going to do is push us back to darker times and people will turn on each other. I can feel the tension and I don’t like it at all. Aren’t we supposed to love others as we love ourselves? I think it’s time to really think about what we put out there and who it might hurt. People of all skin colors get hurt when they feel like they are being treated or judged inaccurately, especially when it happens with people we love and we thought loved us.
It might help if we all examine ourselves and make sure we aren’t participating in segregation of any kind in our words, actions and social media posts, etc. It would also be helpful if we don’t jump to conclusions about people based on skin color. We probably would all be pleasantly surprised if we talk to each other with love, honesty and respect.
photo credit: bmward_2000 Lincoln Memorial via photopin (license)