A Plea for reconciliation - Please read ALL with an open mind and heart
I am mostly dumfounded at the comments from both sides here. This is precisely why we can't live in harmony together.......because neither side will allow it. Further more, there shouldn't be 'sides' to begin with. I am a blond, blue-eyed, pasty white person who lives in a mostly black neighborhood and I have experienced some bad things here. However, I don't label the whole black race according to that. One of my closest friends, who I have known for nearly 30 years, is a black female professional and she, herself, struggles with some of the mindset and behaviors of her own race. So, there is some validity to bad behavior on that side. On the other hand, I had a friend when I was in school who's father's language was thoroughly peppered with the "n" word and what he would 'do' to blacks if he had the chance. I must say, however, that he was the exception and not the rule in the circle of people I have know during my lifetime. As for inventions, there are obviously brilliant people of all color, and, if we want to really hone in on who has done what, you see more Jewish names than any others. As for black contributions, I am truly grateful most especially for Booker T. Washington and everything that came out of his creative mind.....and also especially proud that he was a Godly man and from Alabama to boot! While I understand the problem that people have with behavior with some in the black community (pants on the ground thug mentality that I have personally encountered) and in the white (vigilante, self-righteous ignorant idiots, which I have also personally encountered), there can be an argument for racism on both sides. Until there is forgiveness there can't be healing. To white people like those here on this site I would say, stop judging people based on some manner of speaking that may simply be a learned vernacular - just the same as some white country people may say 'cristial' for crystal, or "hawaya' for Hawaii, etc. Get to know them before you judge based on something that may just be coloquial. And stop assuming all black people are the same, or that they are somehow dirty. I have known several black women (because I mostly know women) that were so picky about cleanliness that it could make you a little nuts to be around them. On the other hand, I have known white people's houses that would not encourage me to eat anything that came out of their kitchen. To black people I would say you should also not judge all white people by a few ignorant asses as have posted here (and by the way, it seems to be mostly the same person). Also, in my personal experience, I can assure you that the majority of white people do not sit around the kitchen table and talk about you, plotting ways to do you harm. You do not even enter into our daily conversations as we are too busy simply living our lives. Whether you want to admit it or not, you too can be racist. As a matter of fact, until I came across this site, most of the racist statements I have read on open forums have come from the black population. You should know that a white person who is going to wipe their hand after shaking yours will also wipe his hand after he shakes with another white person. I have also been followed around a store. Having worked retail, some places encourage their employees to tail customers to catch any sign they might need help to make a sale. Annoying as it may be, it isn't necessarily because you are black. You also need to know that no man you can elect to office and no amount of whatever it is you think white folks should do will EVER make up for the past.....I had nothing to do with what happened nor did my parents or my children. Most people from the south did not own slaves, nor did the dirt poor farmers with 6 to 10 children leave their families and lose their older sons to fight in a war so that some rich landowner could keep his slaves. There were other reasons....and not because they hated black folks, although sadly, that awful war left animosity and mistrust in the generations to come with all involved. Please do your research, however, and simply 'think' what their motivation might have been. If you want to be truly pissed at someone, then be mad as well at the British who brought slaves to the US or to the African tribes who sold the other tribes that they had captured into slavery. Let's spread the blame around to all whom it belongs. Nor were all of the motives of the politicians in the North pure - God alone orchestrated the deliverance because it was not His will for men to be held captive. He is the one to be thanked....no Lincoln. Please, please do your research. I, nor any other white person, can make up for the horribleness of slavery, no matter what we do. It seems to us that it will never be enough in your eyes and we are powerless to change that - only you can. That is incredibly frustrating. And just the same as I had nothing to do with what happened in the 1860's and the years to follow, you have also not personally experienced being a slave. Things are different now. Forgiveness is the answer on all sides.......I have done that in my life, and without going into great detail, I have plenty to forgive, from being personally threatened for no reason other than I'm white, to disrespect from children in my neighborhood for simply driving down the street, to theft of property to rape etc, - all at the hands of a black person (s). I choose not to hate the whole race because of the actions of a few and you must as well. Just as some white people have learned to be racist growing up, some blacks have been taught to hate white people without any real valid reason. As a human being, regardless of color, I first and foremost love God and believe that it is His heart that we all love one another. I believe that was Dr. King's heart as well..(and yes, I do know....his speeches were my own graduate speech project). As a Christian (and if you claim the name of Christ you must as well) I must live my life according to the Word of God......He doesn't favor any people ( except for Israel) and commands us to love one another (and He wasn't 'race' specific).....not just be nice to someone's face and then slam them behind their back. I would lay down my life for you, black or white......would you for me? Will you choose, black and white, to change your mindset and take a different road? May God's truth and peace reign.....we sure need it. All of us!
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