Why are blacks afraid to speak out about racism and the effects that slavery, racial terrorism and systemic injustice and discrimination had and is still having on generations of blacks and whites in America?
Why are blacks almost apologetic when the subject of racism and discrimination comes up in a mixed setting?
Jews are not ashamed nor apologetic about their struggles and their Holocaust.
The Native American is not apologetic or shy about sharing their proud heritage and the horrors of the “reservations.”
Japanese Americans are not wimpy about disclosing how they were interned and illegally imprisoned during World War II and how all of their homes and property were confiscated and never returned.
So why are African Americans so sheepish about surviving one of the most heinous acts of cruelty the world has ever known?
The terrorist and cowardly act of lynching was still being seen in Mobile, Alabama as late as 1981 in the Michael Donald lynching (21 March). And cross burnings and church burnings was still being seen in South Carolina as late as the turn of the century.
IT IS TIME THAT WE STOP ALLOWING OTHERS TO TELL OUR STORY FOR US — WATERING DOWN THE TRUTH AND TURNING VILLAINS INTO HEROES AND COLORING THE CULPABILITY OF THE MAJORITY POPULATION AND OF MAINSTREAM CHRISTIAN DENOMINATIONS AND CHURCHES IN KEEPING AFRICAN AMERICAN SUBMISSIVE, SUBORDINATE, ENSLAVED, IMPOVERISHED AND DISENFRANCHISED.
I pray that everyone sees the movie or DVD entitled “Rosewood.” It is based upon a true story. It will open your eyes to new truths about ourselves and others, especially those who want us to be quiet and forget.
George Santayana wrote “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”
We owe it to ourselves and to those who were beaten and burned to death, castrated (had their testicles cut off)while alive, had their tongues cut out, was lynched, tortured, raped, sodomized and forced to live in inhuman conditions; we owe it to them to tell their stories and their triumphs for their stories are our stories and a lasting part of who we are.
We dare not dishonor their sacrifices or their memories.
CAN’T NOBODY TELL IT LIKE WE CAN TELL IT.
When They Tell You To Shut Your Mouth, You Tell Them:
Not “until justice rolls down like water and righteousness like a mighty stream.” Then and only then will we consider a time of quietness. Until that time. We will “Lift ev’ry voice and sing, Till earth and heaven ring, Ring with the harmonies of Liberty.” (Dr. Martin L. King and The Negro National Anthem)
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