I get it. Most of us are good people. Despite the ignorant rantings of hopeless racist jackasses, most black folks are good.
Maybe, we’re too good. Or too forgiving.
It seems some of us are willing to forgive those same hopeless racist jackasses no matter how much they hurt us. Somewhere between the past they prefer everyone to forget and now, we’re taught to love our enemy. We’re taught that white people are inherently good people despite…well…everything they’ve done to us in the name of white supremacy and that we should forgive them, especially in the name of God. At the same time, we’re taught that our actions, the failings and sins found in human kind, are somehow worse or is definitive of our blackness.
Some of us try to reach out to racist white people even though their anti-black sentiments are loud and clear. I can only theorize that our centuries-long oppression and conditioning persuaded us – some of us – that racist white folks are lost and in need of help. Well, that’s not too far off from the truth. But we shouldn’t be the ones to spend precious time to save the unsavable. Like drug addicts and alcoholoics, they have to want help. And it’s apparent some would rather eat shit.
When you think about it, it makes no damn sense. Why should we forgive those who harm, imprison, oppress and murder us without a shred of regret? Why should we try to reach out to those who made up their narrow minds? But then again, I guess the effects of hundreds of years of white racism screwed us up to the point of textbook insanity. It’s harsh, but many of us love our oppressors (Stockholm Syndrome) but hate ourselves, the oppressed.
But it has gotten no one anywhere. It hasn’t gotten us anywhere. No matter how often we forgive, whiteness continues their onslaught on our asses with the feeling of impunity. In many cases, they really don’t get punished.
But as Jenn M. Jackson of the Black Youth Project wrote in her article ‘Why asking Black People to forgive whiteness won’t ‘heal this country’, “Forgiveness of whiteness is not the answer. Rather, it is indignant rage, justified anger, radical blame, targeted accountability, and strategic resistance that will liberate us all. So, let’s stop playing these games and get to work.” We need to stop worrying about white people’s distorted feelings, call bullshit when it surfaces and start fighting intelligently.