Friday, September 21, 2007
AMERICAN RACISM - FEAR VS HATRED
Over the course of writing this blog, which is not very long, I have written about race and racial incidents several times. Each time I heard back from several people, wonderful and intelligent people, that my views are possibly extreme and that racism in the south is not more prevalent than in the north.
I am going to stick with my core belief and respectfully disagree.
The Jena 6 situation is an example of the hatred and racism that exists in southern America, but it isn't isolated.
Two weeks ago a noose was found hanging in a tree outside the Nymburu Cultural Center at the University of Maryland. I guess it is just another innocent prank.
Last night…last night in Alexandria, LA., two admitted ku klux klan kard karrying krackers, were arrested for suspicion of DUI, among other things, after they were seen driving around town with two nooses hanging from the back of their pickup truck. Alexandria was the staging area for the Jena 6 protest yesterday which drew an estimated 15,000 demonstrators. Is this a coincidence?
Hell no! It was a message to the blacks. They may as well have been yelling from their pick up, “Stay in your place N***gers or we are going to kill you.”
At no time have I ever heard (and I may be wrong) of a lynching of a black person in the north. Northern whites may be racist, racist meaning they don’t want their daughter marrying a black man or racist meaning they don’t want blacks living next door, but their racism isn’t rooted in hatred as much as it is fear – fear of the unknown. Fear and ignorance are not the same as hatred and violence.
Southern racists hate black people so vehemently they would prefer them dead, “The only good n***ger is a DEAD n***ger.”
I cannot imagine what life is like as a black American regardless of the area of the country, but I would imagine in the south there is a fear instilled in you at a very early age. Can I sit under that tree? Can I walk into that barber shop? I better not look at that white girl.
Yeah, my view of the southern America isn’t going to change any time soon. I’ve been through there enough to know it is not a place where I would find too many like minded white people.
I've been criticized by a few for being "anti-southern" and have been told that things are not as bad as I think they are. Tell that to Mychal Bell!
Posted by Gpawilli at 11:35 AM