I'm not gonna speak for ragin but let me just say that I have no problem with Dr. Anderson calling out Black people for not taking responsibility for our part in our problems... Hi, I'm Alias
What I have a problem with is his pacifying his words for the comfort of the White audience members. He mentioned "it's not your fault White people" way too many times for my liking but worst of all, it's simply not true.
Being honest about how the racist climate Whites have created is not the same thing as appealing to the moral consciousness of the White group, it's simply stating the facts. I'm tired of Black people blaming Black people for living in a racist culture. We can not shoulder ALL the responsibility of not having a better off community because it's simply not realistic when you're thee targeted racial minority in a country where the majority are hell bent on sabotaging your group success. That is done by threatening and/or intimidating any Black person who falls into any level of political power.
You fail to see that stating this is not
absolving Black politicians for being intimidated and ignoring their responsibilities to their voters.
Let me say this again because I'm sure someone might overlook this....
This is not absolving Black politicians for being intimidated and ignoring their responsibilities to their voters.
However, this IS being honest about the part the racist White group plays in shaping the political climate in which Blacks feel the need to ignore their own (what's wrong with coming right out and saying "Hey White people, because your group is so staunchly insecure, hateful and racist, you have create a climate where successful Black politicians feel pressured to ignoring their people"). What's wrong is that he's not bold enough to say that. Instead he says "it's not White people against you, it's your own people" which is a half-truth and a full lie.
16:58 - He admits that there are "taboos" for Black politicians elected to office... 1. You can't talk about "Black issues" (coughObamacough). However, no mention of why that is (because White people obviously don't want Black people to have any benefits in any capacity).
29:20 - He implies that Black people have a lack of benefits because our Civil Rights leaders failed to ask for what they specifically needed. Okay, let's play stupid along with White people and pretend that we don't know that Black people wanted to be treated like they paid taxes like everyone else. C'mon man! Just state their part in it all and then we can move on to personal responsibility!
I would feel different had he blatantly stated that these are the problems the Black community has all while knowing Whites are staunchly racist and will pretend they don't know that we wish to be treated as humanly as they treat themselves.
That's a different message than the one he gave ("White ppl, don't worry about it, just listen. Hey Black ppl, it's all our fault. "). Um.. no it's not.
All I wanted was balance.
It would be the perfect message without the slightest
pacifying to Whites
| PurrPoZe wrote:|
Alias and ragin did we watch the same video? I saw no contradictions or any catering to white people.
I hate the fact that I had to write such a long response to something that was so seemingly minor.
But, in hindsight, it's not minor. It's major. It's major to hold Whites accountable for the part they play in their racism and with how difficult they make it for "successful" Blacks to lift up their community.
Anyways, even if you disagree with me, kudos to all of you who actually took the time to listen to the whole thing