Racism is one of those ugly things that always gets people in their feelings. Everybody gets defensive. Everybody has their opinion. Lately, race has become a regular topic, with the Zimmerman trial and Paula Deen. We’ve debated, joked, made trending topics, and more recently, marched and petitioned. Race talks are back full force.
Racism never went anywhere, it just changed form. It got prettier and dipped in sugar so it doesn’t sound offensive. And if you should get offended, it’s because you’re sensitive. To many white people the feeling is, “We gave you all of these rights. We don’t call you nigger (to your face) anymore. What more do you want?” because respect would be out of the question. Then we elected a black president and, abra cadabra, we are living in post-racist America. Anybody who believes that clearly has never clicked on the comments under a picture of President Obama and his family. You’ll see him called a monkey no less than 5 times. Just sit on twitter; it is a clear indicator that racism is alive and well.
And then we have black people like Don Lemon, who come along and blame black people for racism. “Well if you didn’t dress like this,” “If you didn’t talk like that,” because it is clearly our job to soothe white people and assure them that we are a good people. We come in peace.
How sick is it that we feel it is our responsibility to disprove stereotypes? Like it’s our fault and not the fault of the people who have these beliefs. How is it my duty to make you feel better about me being black?
Prejudice and assumptions are the problem. I have the right to wear what I want, speak how I want and not be accosted for it. Black people like Don Lemon try to make sense of the senseless. They’d rather blame black people than accept that there is no escaping racism. Sorry, Don! When Paula Deen sees you in that suit, she just wants to hire you to serve at her party. If it makes you feel better to be a well-dressed nigger than a regular one, then that’s on you. But don’t try to tell me how to be. I’m not the one who needs correcting.