Is racial equality really possible? Or is it just an illusion?


I was reading an article on www.lucente.org dated March 1, 2009 entitled, "Black Leaders Perpetuate Racism"

The writer states that black leaders, Divine 9 fraternities and sororities, affirmative action, NAACP, United Negro College Fund, HBCU's ethnicity scholarships, etc.. all perpetuate racism by encouraging African Americans who participate in these programs to remain exclusive to members of their own race and insisting that the rest of America hand more opportunities in their direction because we suffer as a disenfranchised people.

His solution.. Take the race category off of every job application, census, birth record. Close down HBCU's, black fraternities and sororities, the NAACP, and United Negro College fund... Additionally stop listening to the "privileged" African Americans like Michelle Obama, Barack Obama and Eric Hodder whine about why their younger generations need more opportunities.. and how empowered black people are not, when they had every opportunity in the world and represent how empowered black people really are.

Read more at Light of Liberty blog: http://www.lucente.org/blog/item/2009/03/column-black-leaders-perpetuate-racism#ixzz0mUrVDtqC

How do you guys feel about this? One person named Susan commented :

"There is no real equality, but it's not just about race."

"Like it or not, all people are not treated equally, they never have been and they never will be. There are differences in the way society treats men and women, rich and poor, educated and uneducated, the young, the elderly, employed and unemployed, etc... it has been so since the beginning of time. Of course that does not excuse discrimination and hate, but it does point out that most everyone on some level at some time experiences what it's like not to be treated equally or fairly and a person's success depends on how they react to that treatment.

No matter what one is discriminated against because of, whether it's race, sex, religion, socio-economic status, education, or anything else, a person is only truly held back by their own decisions. Those who make the decision to sit where they are and whine because they don't have everything someone else has are destined to spend the rest of their lives sitting in that same place whining about what they don't have and blaming someone else for it.

The difference between them and other people who do become successful is the choice to stop whining and get up and do something about it. That's the wonderful thing about this country, there is opportunity here for ALL people who truly want it and are willing to work to achieve it."

Now in my opinion Susan has some serious points.. but on the other hand she isn't looking at the full picture.

Why? Because no matter how hard we push and how hard we strive we can never change peoples thoughts or actions. We can never change comfort in whats familiar. We can never change children wanting to fit in with those who look most like them..

We will never be able to convince extremists from any race to interracially date and marry. We do not have the power to alter peoples choices and thoughts because if we did this country would no longer be a democracy.

As long as there is freedom of speech in this country there will also be racism, classism, elitism, and inequalities.... and even if we are now at a point where it isn't PC to say certain things out loud to another, no one can ever stop you from thinking it.

So what do we do? See Lucente's article doesn't take into account the hard facts regarding inequality in education between affluent neighborhoods compared to impoverished neighborhoods, it doesn't take into account the hard facts of increased police scrutiny of minority neighborhoods for petty crimes over affluent ones. It doesn't take into account the societal inequalities passed down for generations and ingrained into the systems by the unions and other groups to bring in their children, grand children, nieces and nephews into a job opportunity just based off of sheer relation and not off skill, to where listing the job publicly is not even considered.

At the end of the day, even if we made every advancement organization or program for minorities open to all Americans;  equality would still not somehow miraculously surface. The issues above would have to be simultaneously eradicated.. 

The burdensome journey on the road to equality does not belong in the laps of African Americans alone or to our advancement programs, I mean lets be honest typically these programs and organizations were originally developed or instituted to give African Americans a place to unify and push for rights TOGETHER...

The time to phase them out may be upon us one day, but it surely isn't today.

Because we have another major snag in the war against racism  and that would be battling the war against elitism simultaneously. If racially charged groups, such as the NAACP and the United Negro College Fund were dissolved, elitists group would have to agree to dissolve as well. 

The journey to equality lands in the laps of all Americans... and will require a major shift to really move from a who you know society to a true what you know society.. to make everything equal opportunity by offering the same resources to every American at every level in every school and an equal amount of funding to every student no matter the amount of property tax collected in there area.. smh.

But then we still have yet another issue.. wouldn't we? How do we get the existing Americans in invest in any of this? How do we convince parents to equally invest in the education of all their children, how do even get them to equally invest in themselves?

Let's step back and look at the original question again.. shall we?

xoxo
Carrie Pink
Pretty World Inc
Modern Day Supergirl

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