Tuesday, February 16, 2016

“Is White America responsible for the suffering of Black America?”


The debate about why blacks in America have not done well, despite the Civil Right Act is very debatable and contentious. You have one side which claims that the white people are totally responsible for the demise of the blacks; meanwhile, there is another group that believes that the blacks are responsible for their own backwardness. You still have another group that believes that both the whites and blacks are responsible for the quagmire of the blacks. Those who believe that the blacks are responsible for their backwardness are mostly white, well to do and middle aged or seniors. On the other hand, those who believe that whites are totally responsible for their demise are mostly blacks, especially the younger ones. I believe that white America is responsible to a little extent, but black America is totally responsible to a greater extent for their own lack of progress. I have been lucky to live in both communities and to attend church with both white and black communities, so I can share with you things I have witnessed.
Sometimes white America points to blacks who have succeeded which makes such arguments evil and unrepentant because that would mean that they are not ready to correct the mistakes. The few black success should not factor into the debate since they will be like 1% of the general black population. I am conscious that there is systemic and systematic racism in education, judiciary, legislation, incarcerations, employment and many others that seem to affect blacks. I am also conscious that there is “White Privilege” that favors the whites more than the blacks. As an American, both whites and blacks can succeed in school, albeit whites will be hired faster than blacks; however, there are many blacks whose poverty is due to their own irresponsibility.
The white family structures are better than those of the blacks, so the black kids easily stray away than their white counterparts because of lack of leadership. Statistics have shown that kids with both parents succeed more than those with single or no parent at all. If only the whites are responsible for the calamity of the blacks, then who is responsible for that of the poor whites? There are many blacks who refuse to better their own lives, they commit crimes and sell themselves to carpe Dieme. If the immigrants and other people of color come to America and make it, then the fault cannot be all that of the whites since these immigrants have to hop over the obstacles placed by White America. I am not poor because some white person is holding me down. That would be giving the whites more power, even the place of God to assume that they determine who should be successful and who should not. I am poor because of my own foolish decisions.
If you go to college or university and come out with a career or trade, but you do not have a job, one would understand. However, you cannot intend to improve your conditions, yet you have no trade, no career, no skill and all you do is walk up and down like the Satan and then blame white America. When you talk about people going to college or learning a trade, they quickly tell you that big charities are stealing from the government, so why would you worry about the poor person on welfare? That in itself is escapist. That will give the impression that only the black people are on welfare which is not true. When one probes them further, they say that they have decided to be poor. If you have decided to be poor then you should not take anything from the state, and you shouldn’t blame anyone for the condition you find yourself. Therefore, simply because someone says that the black people should go back to school or learn a trade to maximize their opportunities, it does not mean that he does not want the government to help them. Those who receive handouts are slaves to their givers.
One other reason why white America prospers more than black America is because they employ better their opportunities. You can see white Americans laying wealth for their kids and grandkids, but the blacks are more into clothes, shoes, living at the moment. The white people save in their youth and spend in the old age, but the blacks spend in their youth and try to save in their old age when they have nothing to save.
The lack of stability and peace in black communities is a great handicap. When you look at the killings of the blacks by the blacks in Chicago, Baltimore and New York, you wonder why anyone would blame the whites for that. It is not oblivious that whites kill whites too, but you don’t have white communities where violence is in the proportion of Baltimore, Chicago and New York as we see daily.
Thinking that the whites are totally responsible for the outcomes of black lives will hinder social cohesion and integration. The problem with this line of thought, I mean that of blaming the whites for all the problems of the blacks is that there will be lingering animosity. I have had very good white friends, and I still have whites I hold in great esteem, just as I have some blacks, but on the other hand, there are some blacks and whites that I hold with a lot of disdain. People should treat each and everyone as an individual. There are some very bad blacks and there are some very bad whites. I want to encourage the people to refrain from carrying animosity in their hearts against anyone because it is like someone drinking position and expecting their enemy to die. The Lord God is able to pay everyone according to his works. I have seen people who have maltreated me experience things that one should not. The funniest thing is that rather than pain and suffering, I find joy in my suffering while they are married to insomnia, despite their affluence. When the blacks keep holding little white kids responsible for their pain when these kids have nothing to do with their pain, it oils the wheels that run the cycle of animosity.

Until then, the black people are masters of their own destinies.

St Arrey of Ntenako.


“Bonyfish beware because the same net that caught the jawless fish, caught the cartilaginous fish” (Hamilton Ayuk). Beware earthly paradise seekers because there is a serpent in every paradise"(Hamilton Ayuk). "If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable." (I Cor 15:19). "It is not how well you know a person; it is how well you treat them that they will live longer and happier with you." Hamilton Ayuk. Idle people write, idler people read, and idlest people read and whine that idle people are taking their time (Hamilton Ayuk).

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