So I was awakened this morning to Tom Joyner talking about certain folks in America feeling that is just fine to deface the property of others just because our next President is NOT McBush. Now ignorance in general just makes me angry, but as a Sistah from the south, this foolishness makes me especially angry. Now I don’t, for the life of me, understand why black folks thought that because Obama made it to the White House, we were going to get some type of “no more racial bull shit” pass. I guess folks thought that the 1960’s were further away than they actually are. Or maybe folks thought that this was America’s subtle way of burying the hatchet and we would all sit around the Statue of Liberty singing The Star Spangled Banner as Bush personally handed us the deeds to our 40 acres and a mule Mustang (damn the mule let’s leave that Spike Lee shall we). Clearly not! So I have taken my X off of the shelf, and have put together a small list of reality checks to help us wake up, because obviously some of us have fallen asleep…or are openly basking in our own ignorance.
Reality Check number 1: Most of our grandparents were college age during Brown v. Topeka Kansas Board of Education. Wait…you mean to tell me, that my Grandmother was a few years younger than me when this decision was made? Wow…that really wasn’t that long ago at all.
Reality check number 2: Most of us are only 1 generation from the assassination of Martin Luther King and Malcolm X. Pump your brakes…that means that my parents mot likely vaguely remember both of these incidents. Interesting….
Reality Check number 3: When Rodney King was beaten like an animal, just because he was in the wrong place at the wrong time wearing the wrong color skin, I was only 8 years old! Stop the presses! That was like yesterday in people years. By the way my oldest nephew is 18…you do the math.
Honestly, for all the “Land of the Free” talk, we are probably one of the most oppressed nations around. There should never have been a question of whether Obama would win. I know honestly, I was just waiting for the other shoe to drop or for it to be stolen from him somehow…wait, I still am. I find it upsetting to hear Tom Joyner, whom I adore, saying on the radio, early in the morning no less, that there have been many instances of racist driven groups defacing property because they are angry that a black man won the presidency. He then went on to say that if you fear your home will be targeted, you should fly a flag in your yard because these folks would never disrespect the flag. WHAT THE HELL?!!! I shouldn’t have to fly a damn thing in my yard for folks to decide to leave my property alone.
I can remember during Operation Desert Storm (that’s the original Iraq BS with the original Bush…just in case you forgot) my Aunt telling my Grandmother that we were putting a yellow ribbon on our mailbox to signify that we supported the troops and the war. Now both of my older brothers where in the military, fighting for nonsense, as were many of my neighbor’s children, but this sacrifice wasn’t enough from our families. Apparently the Klan were giving our neighbors problems because they felt that certain black families were not patriotic enough. They felt that we were a little too uppity and needed to be brought back to reality…ringing any bells? And to think in the NY Metro newspaper this morning, someone was asking, “Where did they [the kids that have been beating the shit out of folks for two weeks now] learn this behavior? From their parents…the same parents that were torturing families and burning crosses in the 60’s. There is nothing new under the sun. But what gets me is that people in New York really feel as if they are so far from racism. So why are kids, literally kids, beating the shit out of Latino boys with bats because they are screaming Obama in the streets? What does that say about good ole liberal New York City, heartbeat of America? And the white folks have the nerve to blame the violence on the bad economy. Now Bush is responsible for a lot…but he didn’t do this. (Damn that just made me sick inside to give him some credit.)
Bottom line, America did not ask us nicely and come on over here to the land of opportunity. We did not take a carnival cruise, and I certainly do not remember my Grandmother saying that folks were buying ship tickets and packing vacation bags. Never have we had it easy over here. Wake up and smell the recession babies. We still have yet to receive an official apology from the government. All of this “Yeah Obama” talk is great, but please be advised…we still have not overcome a damn thing.