Lately, I find myself being drawn to insightful books that give perspective on life as an African American in America, pertaining specifically to socio-economic, cultural and racial disparities between blacks (poc) and whites.
There has been so much dialogue involving government conspiracies to deconstruct, devalue and demoralize this group of people (my people) specifically starting from the break down of slavery. I know plenty of people who like to argue that slavery was so long ago that the effects of it couldn’t possibly still be felt within the black community.
I disagree, yes slavery happened a long time ago, but those people forget that black people have only been free in America for about one hundred fifty/sixty years and it wasn’t something that the people who once owned slaves were necessarily ecstatic about complying with.
Proceeding slavery, yet another form of degradation towards blacks, segregation which was abolished with the Civil Rights Act of 1964, again this feat was met with anger and violence from some of America’s white citizens the same citizens whose family members probably participated in the owning of slaves or people who feared the possibility of no longer being a part of the dominant racial class in America.
I’ve learned that learning (and teaching my children) about history (especially history pertaining to African American’s) is solely my responsibility, if I made reference to what I’ve learned throughout my American historical education experience; slavery wasn’t so bad and actually benefited blacks in the long run, Native Americans were the antagonists and our government wants the best for the its people (please kill yourself if you believe any of the latter to be truth).
Are you guys reading anything interesting?