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Black is bad. This is the basic message white dominated societies like America, England, Australia, and South Africa have lived with and proudly advocated for many decades. Dark skin has been synonymous with any and all negative aspects of society particularly when it comes to crime and poverty. However, white dominated societies have made it their objective to turn dark skin into the symbol of many pathologies.
There are always reports regarding how black people are lagging in certain areas of prosperity while taking the lead in areas of travesty. For example, there are newly conducted statistics regarding black men and the criminal injustice system. You may have heard that more than half of the U.S. prison population is composed of black men. You may also have heard the classic belief that there are more black men in prison than they are college. And you have had people tell you that most crimes in this country are committed by black men. The singular theme within these statements, true or false, are that statistics explain it all.
Recently, you have heard the same trumpets blow when it comes to black women and relationships. 70 percent of black women are single is a familiar statistic used repeatedly within the mainstream media and the internet. Some news outlets would go out of their way to examine why this is so. In my opinion this sounds dangerously like saying that black men are an endangered species or that black women are somehow unable to find a man.
Some reports will stoop so low as to manipulate participants and audiences, particularly those within the black community, to think that dating outside their race is the better road not taken. Thus, the message implied is that seeking white men are black women’s only hope to find happiness. And some of us will eat it up hook, line, and sinker.
Yet, no one ever asks the deeper questions: How were these stats conducted? How many within a certain group were used? What questions and methods were used? What role did society and history play in these? These and other questions must be asked before one jumps head first into conclusions. Statistics don’t tell the whole story, nor can they be reliable enough to tell the true story.
But it gets worse. Statistics, news reports, the media, and even politics are part of an ongoing operation to pathologize black people. This society will demonize and criminalize anything black people do even though that 9.995 times out of 10 people of all different backgrounds do the same things whether they are truly harmful or not while the reverse or nothing is seen when white people engage in similar acts.
Going back to the issue of black men in prison, many people will conclude that the reason they comprise of more than half of the prison population is because they’ve committed the most crimes. That’s it. No one within that thought process has it ever occurred of the treacherous War on Drugs which is wholly responsible for the influx of black men into the system. While we’re on the subject, at no point did they realize that police mostly target black communities for drugs when most drugs are found within white communities. More importantly, society can never target the origins responsible for flooding the nation with drugs in the first place.
If the subject of crime is brought up, people will associate black men with violent crime like rape and murder because something’s wrong with them. However, not only are most black men locked up for nonviolent crimes, but most violent crimes are committed by whites. Plus, the FBI’s categories of crime include many other offenses like arson, burglary, intoxication, and sexual assault, to name a few. Still, no matter how many news reports you hear about white men involved in mass shootings, murder-suicides, sexual assaults, and serial murders, some people still feel safer being around white men as opposed to black men.
But it’s not enough that society desires to barbarize blacks for crimes that people of all groups do. It will go so far as to pathologize them for no logical reason.
Looking back on black women and relationships. The mainstream media is obsessed with black women and whether or not they have a man in their lives. The question is why? Why is this a big deal to the American mainstream? Why is it their business to know how many black women are single? It’s as if they see black women as some sort of exotic creature that they know nothing about, but they feel the need to study and examine them and their mating habits using a few of them for experiments.
This aggressive need to turn blackness into pathologies can be seen in how black youth are treated. America criminalizes young blacks for almost everything they do. In school they are targeted for the smallest infractions and punished heavily. In the streets they are suspects because they are young and black. The fashion trends of black teens is seen as a crime against society. Everywhere you go, there is push to turn young black males and females into criminals. You DO NOT see this same movement this strong against white youth. If there is, it is no where near compared to how black youth are treated.
THERE IS NOTHING WRONG WITH BEING BLACK. (I’ve capitalized those words because it needs to be read and absorbed.) Having black skin doesn’t make you less than human. It’s not a badge of disgrace, nor it is a symbol of criminality, dysfunction, ugliness, or inferiority. The opposite is true for white skin. White skin doesn’t make you human or more than human. You are not naturally innocent, intelligent, honorable, beautiful, or superiority just because your skin lacks melanin, especially if you are capable of mistakes and evil like anyone else. And yes, you white folks have done some pretty evil shit.
Your skin is a part of who you are, but it doesn’t define who you are. It doesn’t make you better or worse than everyone else with different tones. The truth is this and other racist nations have created an humongous lie about skin color, and they want to maintain that lie to make sure certain people have advantages while others are left out. Let me type this again in capitalized letters. THERE IS NOTHING – ABSOLUTELY NOTHING WRONG WITH BEING BLACK, BUT THERE IS EVERYTHING WRONG WITH A SOCIETY THAT WANTS EVERYONE TO BELIEVE IT.