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On Being Black, Or Not

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FEBRUARY IS BLACK HISTORY MONTH

This is a personal essay I wrote several summers ago. I don’t remember why I was so upset.

ON BEING BLACK OR NOT

June 1, 2009

We white people  control the Media, the Courts, the Baseball games, All sports, Facebook, Everywhere you look: WalMart, Kmart, BugMart, GardenMart, Garden Parties, Broadway, TimesSquare, NYCity, Kansas City, Detroit (Okay, maybe not Detroit..I don’t know the “inner workings”).

Yet we flail and thrash when we don’t get our way … The Great WHITE Way..We cry..”FOUL”..We cry “ERROR”, we cry “REVERSE RACISM”, We cry in the Media OWNED BY US!

WHO CRIED those many years ago when Racism was really reversed? When White people controlled Black people?

NOT OUR DOING! NOT OUR DOING! NOT OUR DOING!

DON’T BLAME US!

Proverbs 22: 13 The sluggard says, “There is a lion outside!”
(or), “I will be murdered in the streets!”

“REPENT! FORGIVE US!”

IS NEVER HEARD FROM OUR LIPS!

Only..

“Why???” Whine…Fuss! Outrage!! “Danger! Danger!” Fear!! Outrage!! “Lookout!! Beware!”

What might happen to US?? We are endangered?! How we circle the wagons and fear to reach out.

How far removed we are from our Christian forebears! Charles Finney, John Wesley, John Newton, William Wilberforce.

Methodists will remember that one of the last letters John Wesley ever wrote before he died in 1791 was to William Wilberforce imploring him to continue his work for the abolition of what Wesley called “the inexorable sum of all villanies– slavery.”

What do we “owe”? I hear from the unfortunately curled lips of some.

That’s a good question. Perhaps.. the Benefit of the Doubt, and bending over backwards to keep our mouths shut in many cases where opening them just BETRAYS OUR FAILURE TO LEARN FROM THE PAST.

Proverbs 22:13 (New International Version)

Whatever was going on with me that summer, I don’t remember, possibly some injustice I witnessed.

I don’t hate being White, but I sure am aware of the privileges I have simply because of my color.  I don’t underestimate the difficulties many people of color face (especially if they are not well educated) each and every day.

I’m thankful that our country is becoming a melting pot of color, even though I realize that my white grandsons will not have the same privileges I had. This is a confusing situation for me as a grandmother, as change is for everyone.

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