Race

We have been here before. What currently is, already has been.

I wrote about this issue a while ago here: https://zambianlady.wordpress.com/2015/01/03/just-because-i-am-black/

There is more racism than non-minorities realize. The catalyst for the current situation is something that has just brought race issues to the fore, something that has been going on all along. The everyday racism (in the smallest of things) is painful for me as a black person – having eyes on you when you are in a shop, being treated with respect just because you are in the company of white people, etc. My experiences may be insignificant in comparison with what others have gone through but it’s still painful and a quick hop, skip and a jump before something goes majorly wrong.

As blacks, we have to be careful how we behave so much that when my young male relative visited me here in DC from Zambia, I was worried when he went out alone. He is not American and I was worried that he would be naive and find himself in trouble because just his being is considered a threat by some. Am I hopeful for the future post-protests? No not really, because how many protests have there been before this? How many times have these discussions taken place? How many black people have been killed? I think the only way forward to a more informed and accepting future, is for ‘privileged’ households teach their children right from wrong from infancy. Don’t expect children who have been trained (taught) that blacks are inherently bad, evil and criminals to suddenly change their attitudes when older. Some may be open enough to learn new ways of thinking, but I guarantee you that many will continue with their warped thinking.

Again I ask myself, do I see a brighter future? No. The proof will be in the pudding for me.

12 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. anotherday2paradise
    Jun 17, 2020 @ 14:48:52

    Yes, it’s all to do with education and what we teach our children. I have been really shocked since moving to this country from South Africa, to see how bad racism is here in the USA. I hope that these latest deaths are not in vain and that moving forward, people will realise just how wrong it is to judge people by the colour of their skin. We are all human beings and deserve to be treated with kindness and respect.

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  2. Otto von Münchow
    Jun 09, 2020 @ 14:15:42

    Any racism is unacceptable. I understand that you have lost faith, but I still hope the world move forward, if only slowly.

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  3. Lakshmi Bhat
    Jun 07, 2020 @ 16:11:03

    It is really sad and this inequality is present everywhere. It may not be racism here but caste distinctions here. Those who experience it know how difficult life it is.

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    • Zambian Lady
      Jun 15, 2020 @ 20:17:50

      I had an Indian friend and I was shocked when she said her in-laws family treated her horribly all because she is dark skinned. It’s unfortunate that people get discriminated against over something they had no say in.

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  4. bluebrightly
    Jun 06, 2020 @ 19:15:21

    It’s interesting to read your take on this moment in history. You have lived a very different life from mine and from most people I know. I agree that the burden is on whites to teach tolerance and also, to call out other people caught in the act of being overtly racist. It’s so easy to ignore it when you’re in a privileged position and think it’s someone else’s problem. What a long road this is!

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  5. leggypeggy
    Jun 05, 2020 @ 12:57:10

    My heart is breaking for what you have to endure.

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  6. allysoally
    Jun 05, 2020 @ 09:46:13

    I grew up in Zimbabwe and I have seen first hand the unacceptable treatment of black people through the years. We started a friendship group in Cape Town some years ago in order to understand each other better, because sadly many of us did not grow up together or go to school together. We were robbed of that privilege by the Government of the day. It was very helpful because we came to understand the terrible atrocities perpetrated on black people. Things like not been allowed on beaches or in restaurants and the feeling of being second class citizens. I agree, there have been protests before and nothing seems to change, sadly white supremacy is still alive and well after all these years.
    Please don’t give up hope though, Dr. Cornel West says, “What we are witnessing at the moment is a rebellion, not a revolution. But it’s a beautiful thing to see the quantity of protests and the tremendous scope and breadth of all colors, all genders, all sexual orientations, all ethnicities, and all religious identities in the United States. There is a marvelous new moral militancy in terms of peaceful protests, but also an intensity of it day in and day out. There is local organizing taking place and a coming together of groups that in the past would hardly talk to each other but that are now struggling together, walking the streets together, and going to jail together.”
    I know that I am a person of privilege, and that the color of my skin has given me certain advantages. I hope that I can make a difference and help to bring about the change that is necessary for us to survive together as a human race.
    As Tata Nelson Mandela says..“No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.”
    I pray that his words turn out to be true.
    Let’s dream like Martin Luther King Jr did of a nation where no one is judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.
    Peace and love to you dear friend. xx

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