"The white American has created a blindness for himself which has a peculiar effect on blacks. In psycho therapeutic sessions Negroes are preoccupied with determining just how many of their difficulties are a consequence of the prejudice of whites. And while there is sometimes the tendency-a determination not to see. They may insist that white oppression has never exerted any influence on their lives, even in the face of such realities as police brutality, job and housing discrimination, and a denial of educational opportunities. It is a powerful rational trait, this willful blindness to the abuse of black in America. It is a blindness that includes the victim as well as the crime."
White people go out of their way to tell you they don't see color. I challenge any one of them to say it to me because they will most definitely have to explain how that can be. We are where we are because of the color of skin black folk have. To they don't see color is a lie and we all know it.
What does it benefit a black man to deny racial prejudice has not affected him? If nothing else from the standpoint that he can make the assertion, he has been affected. Somewhere he got the notion that he is exempt from what all other black folk have to experience. The most famous idiot that comes to mind is Supreme Justice Clarence Thomas. Enough said.
These black folk have done all they can to identify with white folk cause they really think white is right. They think by spending time with them that they somehow are different, when in most cases they are allowed to be were they are. We all know if the white man wants to take you down he can. Everything is in his favor.
Identifying with the oppressor is nothing new, it is just old. It is such a waste of time because they will never love us. As long as we continue to try to act like racism hasn't affected us, they have us right were they want us. We feel stupid when the less qualified white person gets a promotion we knew we should have. Instead of looking at it for what it is, we lie to ourselves that it was for some other reason or heap more self-hate onto ourselves.
I say we do our own thang. We should have our own banks, our own malls, apartment complexes, movies houses, schools, etc. Instead with fight to make them let us in, but once in we still arent' satisfied because we have to leave our blackness at the door. I don't know about you, but I love being black just as much as I love being alive. I identify with my culture first and foremost.
Until we embrace ourselves, we will forever float in this crazy limbo, never feeling apart of a nation we built.