Saturday, November 28, 2009
because of america's history, the fact that much was built upon the backs of black slaves, and the continued inequality for black people after the slaves were freed, there is a spirit of anger in many black people over the events that transpired and a spirit of guilt in so many white people for what their ancestors have done. this history is an uncomfortable history. we seldom talk about its affects on each of us because it is unpleasant. we would all like for these things not to have happened, but they have.
both groups of people have suffered wrong from the lasting memory of past events and prejudices we've learned from our parents, who learned them from their parents, ect., up to the time when slavery was still in place. the mistake most white people make when addressing racial issues is to assume that black people do not have a vastly different experience than they have. even given the same basic education and same basic opportunities, there is much we go through simply because we are black, because of our culture, and because of what we remind other people of. yes, most black and white people would like to put race issues behind us: we are all humans, but while our experience as black people is still filtered through the lens prejudice from so many sources, it cannot be put behind us. the mistake most black people make [is an act of silencing] is to assume that white people do not have or should not have anything to say about our condition or struggle just because they have not gone through the same things we have. white people having a different experience does not mean they do not see, or have insights on black people's experiences. without meaning to, both groups of people have silenced each other. we are all defensive in the attempt not to be thought of as a biggot, lesser than, overpriveleged, prejudiced, excessively angry, etc., and in this attempt not to be lumped in with things from the past we all shove our experiences and opinions under the rug.
Thursday, October 29, 2009
Friday, October 2, 2009
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Monday, September 14, 2009
Amendment 1 - Freedom of Religion, Press, Expression. Ratified 12/15/1791.
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.