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MrIn “The Souls of Black Folks”, W. E. B. Dubois reveals that, “Daily the Negro is coming more and more to look upon law and justice, not as protecting safeguards, but as sources of humiliation and oppression. The laws are made by men who have little interest in him; they are executed by men who have absolutely no motive for treating the Black people with courtesy or consideration; and, finally, the accused law-breaker is tried, not by his peers, but too often by men who would rather punish ten innocent Negroes than let one guilty one escape.”
I could not agree with him more in this statement. I have repetitiously made reference to this one statement and I see no reason to change it because it is true. There is just something about this Blackness! Since the beginning of time the Black culture is one that has stood out more than any other race or culture there is. Not only because of the shade of skin that covers our bodies, but the amazing strength, talent, techniques, ability and mental capacity that is found within.
It is no secret, that Blacks are one of the most sought after race of people that has ever been created. However, as with most things when people can not comprehend or understand certain things and/or certain people, there is a tendency to be afraid of that thing or person of which there is no understanding. This factor creates a problem because fear causes people to act out in irrational ways.
This brings me to the fact that there are so many things that occur on a daily basis whereas it is discriminatory practices in places all throughout these United States of America. I refer to things of this nature as, “Criminal for US, but Justice for THEM”.
Here lately, African-American News & Issues has been dealing and addressing the inhumane treatment that is imposed on Blacks in this country. Like the constant slaughtering of young Black people that is seeming to be something like a trend. Not only are young men being unjustly killed but the fact that officials and authorities responsible for committing these actions, are exempt from repercussions. This whole scenario is just making matters extremely worst. I have a major problem with this. Because it’s like this, there are laws that have been put in place as well as judicial system that was supposed to be established to protect the American people.
Yet, the ironic part is that the same laws that were implemented to protect us, appear that they are mostly in place to further criminalize and entrap the very citizens that they were supposed to be initiated to protect. Then, to add insult to injury the same system that allows these circumstances to be so turns around and justifies the rationale of the outcome. Once again I state, “There is something about this Blackness!”
There are things that our counterparts get away with on a daily basis. But, when someone from our community tries to do the same thing, then an immediate red flag goes up and once again, “Criminal for US”. This scenario is nothing new, in fact it is merely history repeating itself over and over again. This is something that I often speak about, history has a sad way of circling around. Therefore, we should be careful about the things that we do and the people that we support.
Now, make no mistake I am by no means trying to justify one group or race of people actions over the other. But, what I don’t believe is that there should be a set of codes written in black and white and one race is exempt from them over the other race merely because of a skin color. There should be equal treatment across the border for all citizens of the United States.
Moving forward, Carter G. Woodson once stated that, “As another has well said, to handicap a student by teaching him that his Black face is a curse and that his struggle to change his condition is hopeless is the worst form of lynching. It kills one’s aspirations and dooms him to vagabondage and crime.” I agree with him in this thought. This is why I always stress emphasis on those that I come in contact with that we must teach our children, their true history.
We MUST Understand that the, History that is taught within the public school system does not always display and explain the true and accurate ancestral history of the African-American descent. I have stated before that History often expresses “His-story” or rather someone else’s account of how they define the origin of our culture. Nonetheless, our true history are those stories passed down from generation to generation from the very individuals who made history doing their eras.
Additionally, Woodson is expressing that it is a way of crippling the youth of the community when you teach them that their skin is a curse and that there is no way to change the state of the Black race. While we should not aim to teach our future which are the children these things, we should definitely educate them that is a since of injustice and inequality in this nation.
Because one of the worst things to do in this world is to fabricate the truth or try to cover up the reality of the things that our children will face and encounter once going out into the real world.
We MUST Understand that there are more African-Americans that occupy prison beds than were ever held as slaves during the days wherein our ancestors were in bondage. Something is wrong with this picture.