When we start viewing the problem globally, the outlook suddenly changes. Let me be crystal clear. I am an African American male, born and raised in deep east Texas, where racism is as common as breathing. I have endured casual racism, racism and raw unadulterated hate. I not only got this from white Americans but African Americans and Africans as well.
Seat of racism
Some people will disregard this blog as something unreal but the ugly truth cannot be ignored. The most important fact that cannot be forgotten is that the seat of racism is POWER. For instance powerful African tribes have in the past conquered weaker tribes, enslaved the men and took the women. Those they could not use were killed. European whites enslaved the poor and powerless for years under the guise of indentured slaves. Hitler hated the Jews so much he slaughtered millions. It’s not incredibly difficult to see that racism started at home initially then went worldwide. Yeah, I am sure you are aware of that, it’s history.
Within the group
Take a look deeper in each culture at the racism within the group. How do the rich and powerful view the poor? Do the rich treat the fellow poor nationality the same as the rich? Some do but most do not. Coming from that mindset, how can someone treat another race equally when they secretly despise their very own? It’s incredibly strange seeing a middle class white man hate the poor black and secretly hate their poorer white counterparts! Why? Because, maybe they feel inadequate to the superior whites that look down on them. This is the same for other races.
Hodgepodge of various races
I’m here with a hodgepodge of various races. We have all viewed the Hispanic teens rush the Mexico and Texas borders of late. The incredibly daunting things I hear from Hispanic Americans is that they just are as racist as any other group that hates Hispanics but secretly enjoy the cheap labor they offer. You wonder how can an African show me racism? I remember those words, like it was yesterday: ‘You are chattel, you are trash, you are a child of a slave. You will never be much’. At the turn of the century the American shores were swamped with various groups of white people: the Irish, Germans, Russians, Dutch, Polish, Italians, English, Jews and they all had a various shade of white! The incredible thing was that there were various levels of hate. Now toss in the Southern whites, WOW you can imagine how that racism looks like.
In a very strange way Jesus gave us the solution a very, very long time ago. He stated: ‘How can you say that you love God whom you never have seen and hate men whom you see daily?
Racism starts with self hate. If we love ourselves first, it is easy to love someone else. The human race is the only race. It’s time we stop finding reasons to be divided and actually come together. Yeah, whites are killing blacks but if you don’t believe it, simply look at the news. It’s easy to point our fingers at others but if you look carefully at your pointing hand we have 3 fingers pointing right back to us. Imagine the incredible things the human race could accomplish if we all acted in one accord. Together we could end world’s hunger, AIDS, cancer, racism and so much more. But we cannot get past our childish way of thinking: he’s black, he’s gay, he’s not from here, he’s not African, he’s not Jewish, he’s not a Christian, he’s not a Jehovah witness, he’s not a Blood or Crip. We have a million excuses why we can’t be one nation, why?
This is coming from a black prisoner who has served almost 26 years behind bars. Like always, I’m pretty sure you have a thousand and one reasons not to listen to a stinking convict, right? Check out how many times the followers of God were jailed. Murder? Check out the Old Testament. My case is my case – I’ve proved my innocence but I’m still here. I am not a hater, although some might hate me. It’s okay, I love and adore you anyway.
Always remember, love conquers all, hate kills.
Derrick L. Griffin, 19-04-2021