2020: End Of beginning Of Equality Or Beginning Of End Of Hate In America?
Regi Taylor | 3/1/2019, 6 a.m.
As America concludes its 43rd Black History Month, we are 60 days into the 400th year since enslaved Africans were brought in chains to the Land of the Free. It should come as no surprise that African Americans are currently facing a struggle for full emancipation as vital as any time since slavery. Only in the last two generations have African Americans enjoyed any semblance of the freedom enjoyed by Caucasians after 250 years of slavery and a century of Apartheid, Jim Crow.
Were it not for the intestinal fortitude and all-or-nothing-at-all determination African Americans brought to the Civil Rights movement 50 years ago Jim Crow, or worse, might still be the law of this land. It was never the intention of the 1960's American power elite to capitulate on the issue of equal rights for African Americans, then, now or ever.
In the intervening years between the civil rights crusade and now the cultural table turned 180 degrees in America.
The cries, pleas and prayers of African Americans for racial justice transformed to an African American on the Supreme Court dispensing justice, and others who'd become captains of industry, renowned academicians, artists, scientists, religious and political leaders, and idolized multimillionaire athletes and entertainers.
On the other hand, the in-your-face, vociferous champions of a “white only” privileged America went mostly underground with their politics and became more subtle and strategic in their racism.
Thanks to the “Make America Great Again” movement it has become racial reckoning time in America. Not only have the former champions of Jim Crow become fed up with the societal strides of African Americans, the increasing browning of the U.S. population with non-Caucasian immigrants, and the ultimate signal of America's impending doom— the election of Barack Obama, the prospect of permanent loss of Caucasian preeminence in America has emboldened some to take drastic measures.
Despite all the gains made since MLKJ was martyrd a half-century ago, African Americans continue to be complicit in maintaining the perception of their second class citizenship compared to Caucasians, through the acceptance and perpetuation of the labels, 'blacks' and 'minorities.'
The term “blacks” is antebellum and derogatory, defining Africans as subjugated and inferior. “Whites” on the other hand symbolizes superiority and privilege.
These terms create an artificial dichotomy between the races that is stark, extreme and impossible to bridge because their connotations are so deeply entrenched in our psyches and in the historic American caste system that despite our slowly evolving appreciation for each other’s shared humanity the intrinsic, subconscious identification of skin color repels our attempts to expedite racial and social equilibrium.
While it would represent a monumental step toward improved race relations to suspend the use of centuries-old terminology whose original application was to describe America's “superior” versus “inferior” populations, this only applies to African American and other non-Caucasians who use these labels because of longstanding indoctrination, and Caucasians who've been equally socially conditioned.
While it is true most Republican politicians have been lockstep with Trump, the blackface scandals of prominent Democratic politicians is likely only the tip of the iceberg of bigotry among so-called liberals. It is true that some abolitionists who vehemently opposed slavery believed in the inferiority of Africans to Caucasians and did not support racial equality in any regard.