When Are White People Going to Get Over It?

That’s the title of the following article, not mine.

I received an email and I read the forwarded article by a professor at Macon State College of Georgia by the name of Dr. Andrew Manis.  Now I’ve never heard of the guy, I’e been unable to verify this article, but even if this was not written by Dr. Manis, the ethos of the article holds true.  So, in the spirit of me not feeling like blogging, and extending my vacation even further, here ya go.

Feel free to leave comments.

Keep it uppity and keep it truthfully radical, JLL

For much of the last forty years, ever since America “fixed” its race problem in the Civil Rights and Voting Rights Acts, we white people have been impatient with African Americans who continued to blame race for their difficulties. Often we have heard whites ask, “When are African Americans finally going to get over it? 
 
Now I want to ask:  “When are we White Americans going to get over our ridiculous obsession with skin color?
 
Recent reports that “Election Spurs Hundreds’ of Race Threats, Crimes” should frighten and infuriate every one of us. Having grown up in “Bombingham,” Alabama in the 1960s, I remember overhearing an avalanche of comments about what many white classmates and their parents wanted to do to John and Bobby Kennedy and Martin Luther King. Eventually, as you may recall, in all three cases, someone decided to do more than “talk the talk.”
 
Since our recent presidential election, to our eternal shame we are once again hearing the same reprehensible talk I remember from my boyhood.
 
We white people have controlled political life in the disunited colonies and United States for some 400 years on this continent. Conservative whites have been in power 28 of the last 40 years. Even during the eight Clinton years, conservatives in Congress blocked most of his agenda and pulled him to the right. Yet never in that period did I read any headlines suggesting that anyone was calling for the assassinations of presidents Nixon, Ford, Reagan, or either of the Bushes.   Criticize them, yes.  Call for their impeachment, perhaps.
 
But there were no bounties on their heads. And even when someone did try to kill Ronald Reagan, the perpetrator was non-political mental case who wanted merely to impress Jody Foster.
 
But elect a liberal who happens to be Black and we’re back in the sixties again. At this point in our history, we should be proud that we’ve proven what conservatives are always saying -that in America anything is possible, EVEN electing a black man as president. But instead we now hear that schoolchildren from Maine to California are talking about wanting to “assassinate Obama.”
 
Fighting the urge to throw up, I can only ask, “How long?”    How long before we white people realize we can’t make our nation, much less the whole world, look like us? How long until we white people can -once and for all- get over this hell-conceived preoccupation with skin color?  How long until we white people get over the demonic conviction that white skin makes us superior?  How long before we white people get over our bitter resentments about being demoted to the status of equality with non-whites?
 
How long before we get over our expectations that we should be at the head of the line merely because of our white skin? How long until we white people end our silence and call out our peers when they share the latest racist jokes in the privacy of our white-only conversations?
 
I b elieve in free speech, but how long until we white people start making racist loudmouths as socially uncomfortable as we do flag burners? How long until we white people will stop insisting that blacks exercise personal responsibility, build strong families, educate themselves enough to edit the Harvard Law Review, and work hard enough to become President of the United States, only to threaten to assassinate them when they do?
 
How long before we starting “living out the true meaning” of our creeds, both civil and religious, that all men and women are created equal and that “red and yellow, black and white” all are precious in God’s sight?
 
Until this past November 4, I didn’t believe this country would ever elect an African American to the presidency.   I still don’t believe I’ll live long enough to see us white people get over our racism problem. But here’s my three-point plan:
 
First, everyday that Barack Obama lives in the Whit e House that Black Slaves Built I’m going to pray that God (and the Secret Service) will protect him and his family from us white people.
 
Second, I’m going to report to the FBI any white person I overhear saying, in seriousness or in jest, anything of a threatening nature about President Obama.
 
Third, I’m going to pray to live long enough to see America surprise the world once again, when white people can “in spirit and in truth” sing of our damnable color prejudice, “We HAVE overcome.”

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6 responses to “When Are White People Going to Get Over It?

  1. I’m 74 /black. Living in the North. Color was never spoken in
    our home. I care less what color anyone is. My children came
    out of the Ghetto and hold high positions.
    Color has nothing to do with what you want in life. We parents need to demand our children get the Education that
    is provided for them by the Law.
    Since when did Authority stop?
    I have as many white friends as black, as many white kids
    calling me NAN, calling my husband POP, staying intouch often. These WHITE KIDS have been in our lives from babies
    and now that their parents have gone to Heaven, we are
    the only parents they have. These same kids came up not
    knowing COLOR as we wouldn’t allow. They slept in our beds,
    ate our food (Soul, as they say) hug and kissed on leaving our home till today.
    Treat me and mine fair as I will treat your’s fair, I will love yours like my own. We all belong to ‘OUR FATHER’ lets keep
    it that way.
    Thanks for listening

  2. I posted this on my website as well, because as a white person I am still horrified when another white person slanders other races, I agree with Dr. Macon – How dare they!

    My former best friend showed me her true colors on Election Day and we haven’t spoken since, and won’t. I will not condone that type of thinking, not even in her. I was shocked after all these years to see that in her. But I can honestly say that at least I don’t feel that way and I stand up for what I believe, all she can say is she’s a hypocrite. (She’s a bible thumper constantly preaching.)

  3. I was also forwarded the e-mail with Dr. Manis’ article. I tell you, as an African-American female, I could just hug this man! Finally, a White person who is willing to call out his fellow White Americans on their prejudice and racism! I believe (along with my mom) that MOST White Americans are NOT prejudiced, but many will not speak out against the ones that ARE,thereby condoning the racist’s behavior with their silence. Dr. Manis has the guts to tell it like it is, and I applaud him for it!

  4. Check out Tim Wise articles about ‘white privilege.’ He’s on Uppity’s blog roll (upper right side of home page). Interesting reads.

    I agree,IMHO, and in my experience, most whites and others are capable of being biased though not necessary racist.

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