Race has a funny way of messing with your mind. There are unspoken rules of racial engagement that most people play close by in order to maintain one's citizenship within their assigned race at birth. A popular semi-serious notion in "Black Culture" is the greatly sought-after "
When Biden remarked that the African American community is not as diverse as the Hispanic community he was right. Democrats see Black's as a monolithic monopoly. If a Hispanic votes for a Republican do we take away his Hispanic card? No because there is no such thing, as far as I'm aware. "Poor kids" are just as bright and talented as "white" kids. They talk about hidden meaning in everything the other party does, but what is behind the hidden meaning in that phrase? I'm mixed race and spent a lot of time with my great granny. She was a wise teacher who taught us to think, listen and expand upon our knowledge and not be so ridged in our assumptions. I've never had a black card, nor a white card. But, I carry my human card proudly.
There's a difference between acknowledging prejudice exists and wallowing in it, or making it your identity, or using it as an excuse for your bad actions or bad situation. This was a refreshing read; thank you for it.
Thanks for your authenticity, honesty, and courage to share your thoughts.
You are remarkably brave.
Fear is the authenticity killer. Truth dies in a deluge of ridicule and social ostracization.
Any Tribe's greatest villain is not the "enemy," but rather the "apostate."
Dr. Brown, your article is a poignant reminder of the strength of individual thought having the power to marginalize groupthink. Rejection of racial victimhood is not mutually inclusive with racism denial, which you have clearly pointed out. I have covered similar topics in my book "A White Man's Perspectives on Race and Racism", and I'd be honored to hear your thoughts if you're interested. Keep up the great work.
I'm white and I'm no longer afraid to be called "anti-black" or "racist". Too often, a "conversation about race" is nothing more than a one-sided, condescending lecture pointed at me and my entire lineage. My lived experiences as a white person growing up in an 85%+ black neighborhood in one of the most violent cities in the United States are dismissed. So why should I care about yours?