I’m sharing this after having a discussion with a friend that happens to be white and of the Jewish belief system. A friend that I have known and respected for over 30 years. During these many years we have never had a talk about race. I found it necessary to address some issues, because of not knowing how my friends that are not black, feel about racial issues, based on historical accounts, personal experiences and observations of life. The following is my email to my friend and his response to me. I’d like to know what you think and if we all should have a real dialog with people who identify themselves as “white”.
For to long I have curved my feeling regarding historical evidence that has impacted the truth related to people of color. I had restricted my expression on these things, feeling that it could interfere with the relationships that I have developed with people who do or don't consider themselves people of African decent. Over the years I have experienced and witnessed behavior that is contrary to positive and progressive growth of the human species. And have come to the conclusion that the "White Male" is diametrically opposed to people of color having any part in the history of creation and the progress of human life. In 1884-85, Otto van Bismarck called European powers together with the intent to take over the African continent (Belgium Conference) by force and by any means necessary. This lead to the destruction of families, cultures, civilizations and a way of life. Also forcing, by gun, African nations to fight one another in order to create a pool of people that could be given to the Europeans as slave goods.
Millions of lives and history were lost in order to accomplish this goal, with no concern about the damage it would cause for hundreds of years in a global arena. All of this based on greed and the sickness of including a "God" in the mix of approving this.
This was supported by the Catholic Church through Bartolomé de Las Casas.
My mention of this is not to give you a history lesson, although I realize that you have been indoctrinated with the same sickness that I have been raised with. But to enlighten you with a history that has caused more division amongst us than a coming together by those who call themselves White.
Genetically, you and I came form the same pot. I'm glad DNA has made it clear to everyone that we all are of African decent. But, there are still those of the Aryan persuasion, who don't want to accept science, but would rather accept a Judeo-Christian answer for our existence on earth, using the curse of Ham as a reason for human differentiation. Science has now proven this as a myth, but there are those who still believe this as a reality to support their racist beliefs.
For 30 years I have been studying the history of human kind through religion, masonry and philosophy in order to understand the evolution o human kind onl to come to the conclusion of Sir Richard Burton:
All Faith is false, all Faith is true:
Truth is the shattered mirror strown
In myriad bits; while each believes
His little bit the whole to own.
The more I study religions the more I am convinced that man never worshipped anything but himself.
Sir Richard Francis Burton
I also accept the fact that the "White Man" is a part of me. That their appearance as a "White Man" is based on environmental conditions of life.
But, this does not take away from the fact that our life condition is in peril based on greed and exploitation of the Earth. At this time in our life I cannot afford to sit aside and watch as the world is subject to destruction (Air, Fire, Earth and Water).
My White brothers want to control and destroy the elements of nature for profit and expect the rest of the world to sit by and allow this to happen.
Human kind had allowed slavery and the exploitation of the land. But it's now time to assess our global condition.
Brothers, who are conscious, and see themselves as White, must stand up and say enough is enough!
If not, you become a problem to the solution instead of a cure.
And yes, it can be considered an unfair burden,
but, consider the source of humanity.
You are either the solution to the problem or its cause.
And believe me, white men are being judge by the world, which cannot be dismissed!
Your thoughts on this.
My Friends Response:
Rwanda - What whites caused black on black violence
Why is there still a slave trade from tribe to tribe
What's the deal with genital mutilation
Why is there so much black on black violence in the US
How come so many blacks make it while others, in similar circumstances don't. That sounds just like whites, as well, etc. The problem is endemic not racist; poverty not skin. There are more whites on welfare than blacks. With all the opportunities to lift themselves out of poverty and out of the ghetto why is the percentage of blacks who bust loose so low. It ain't racism buddy. It's generational lethargy.
Why can I be called (while Principal) a white honky m-f when if a white kid used the n-word to a black principal the world would end.
Do you deny OJ got off because of racism of the LAPD or bad police work. Both the facts would say. Great attorneys played up the racism enough to cast doubt on known facts. Did he kill his wife and Ron Goldman? Hell yea.
You want to vent - punch a pillow. Change your name to advertise your pride in your heritage, great. But don't make me take on the white man's burden.
Sunday, May 30th 2010 at 11:20AM
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