I live and have lived my entire life in the south (Actually Alabama to be exact), so I understand both sides of this issue. One thing I have learned about black people and this could honestly be their downfall as well, they are VERY prideful, the hold MLK and Rosa Parks and now Obama up very high and are not afraid to express themselves on how they feel about how great of people they are. Now even I understand what MLK and Rosa Parks did for blacks, but there was a LOT of others who where in on it as well who did almost as much but just don't get the credit, MLK wasn't the first black man to lead a revolution and Rosa wasn't the first black woman to refuse to give up her seat...... It just so happened that when those two instances first happened the press got in behind them and it grew.
I see the differences pushed from the goverment as well as both races. Not all blacks push this but I do know a lot of people went and bought Obama merchandise and wore it and gave it to their kids to wear to school, and actually told their kids that they would vote for him because it would mean he would be the first black president. I know my freinds oldest son is 9 and the teacher (Who was white) spent the entire day before and day of the ingauration explaining how important it was for blacks to have a black president, what it meant to them and so forth. But my friends kid missunderstood all this as that "white people are mean to blacks who have never had anything." The message was very blurry and the kid didn't understand.
Now growing up me and my brother used to have our 2 best friends over everyday in the summer and every weekend in the school year, one was a black boy and one was white. We never treated the black boy any different than us, if it was eating at the dinner table he got a cup and plate just like the rest of us. Mom's rule always has been, "First come first serve." he learned the rule quickly and was always in line with the rest. Or if he was over and dad decided to work in the yard, he went with us to cut grass or whatever. We never had any problems arise with us being friends, and the few times we went to his house (We didn't go much b/c his mom, sister, him and 2 small nieces shared a single wide and we where rowdy teenage boys.) we where always treated properly and never felt out of place.
I understand why black people push the black history month, the cival rights movement, the importance of the obama being president and other issues. They don't wan't their people forgetting where they came from and how far they came. And obviously the goverment must teach this issue because it's part of history. And like when the Iraq war started love it or hate it, It gives the teacher a chance to teach kids history while it is being made, step by step. I mean wouldn't you have understood WW2 better if you could see the war taking place through t.v. and knowing things going on?.
Now I have no problem with Cival Rights, Rosa Parks, the importance of Obama all being presented in the classroom as long as they are presented in the manner of history. I fully understand what it means to blacks. Because honestly as of today in this country we are different. Does not mean we are better, does not mean we are worse, we are just different. Why are we this way? I think 95% of it stems from the cival rights era still. Because there are so many on both sides still around they still remember the way things use to be and don't know how to accept the way things are now.
People looked at me funny the other night when I walked into a all black club. There was 1 other white person there who was well known within the club. Did I feel out of place? No not really, I felt ackward because of the stares but not out of place. I'm sure blacks feel the same way when they walk into a place and are the only black person. But because of what we know right now that there is a difference we all notice the other. If I had been black and walked into the club I doubt 80% of the people would have seen me.
I just think our country has another 15-20 years to go before we can all see ourselves as 1. Because thats who it is up to. Not TV, not the goverment, not schools, but up to us to start seeing each other as one. And I honestly think it will only come once people from that era are dead and gone on both sides. Once we lose that memory that is so strong then and only then can our wounds heal.
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