Amy, I loved much of your post and responsiveness, I do want to note that the reason that white people were cited as 90% of the population up until the mid 60s was because for the majority of the years that slaves were counted and considered, they were often not recorded on census record for obvious reasons that they could not or did not receive mail because it was not made available — systematically in efforts to minimize the recognition of the newly emancipated free population. I could dig deeper and deeper into that issue and how it continues to plague culturally, but I’m actually heading to bed soon.
I’m not here to debate, but I am here to encourage you and everyone else to know that we all need understanding around the issues that face our culture and continue to target black lives in America. We were brought here for one specific purpose; and, according to the systematic practices that attempt to portray our men as predators, we have overstayed our welcome. The problem is, we’re all attempting to coexist and live under liberties in a country that never meant to include us. You agree on that as well when you say that the systems and our physical structures put in place were built for white people to enjoy (Sidenote: which is sad to think that even in that statement there is an unconscious disregard for the laborers, known as slaves, and later underpaid civil workers who were black. They were never considered in the building of America though I think we all agree that slaves were brought here to labor on behalf of white people…still their needs where never considered).
In fact, the local police were orginally meant to “police” black people, while protecting and serving whites. So it’s hard to believe that our system has made any adjustments to those expectations. Instead, it’s been made blatently clear that there is a threat on our entire existence and abillity to sustain integration in America. The challenges arise when we think that law = civil rights. NOT TRUE. The law should theoretically protect us should civil rights not be enforced. Civil rights stem from love, and love is rooted in the heart. If white people and black people are taught from their heart to hate each other, how can either population be empowered to respect or maintain ordinance under the law. Anyone who lives under hate will find a way to continue the practices of our past. If we don’t teach love, respect, and tolerance at home, we will not see if reflected in our society at any level. And unfortunately, we’re seeing the results of law that remains rooted in hate.
I fear where our children will be in the next 2o years, and I feel ashamed for my parents and grandparents who worked in the civil rights movement to create opportunities that I now take advantage of.
I thank you for opening honest dialogue around this matter and placing your thoughts on the line. We need more conversations like this one so that we can understand and consider one another more than we would traditionally. We also need to walk away from these dialogues as allies in a fight for equality and justice for every breathing human that lives in our country. Once we agree that equality is a right we all deserve, we can become bridges for one another.
Thank you for your time and understanding towards my heart behind this matter.