Quite possibly the most offensive aspect of African-American life is that one consistently exists under what amounts to an unbelievable demand from a significant segment of white America that boils down to the following assertion; “If you (African-Americans) don’t like it here (America), well then you can always go back to Africa.”
Any African-American who has lived in this nation for a significant period of time will tell you that this type of thinking and thought is never too far under the surface for many whites. In fact, Colin Kaepernick’s decision to not stand during the playing of the National Anthem was significant enough to raise the ire of a population of seemingly always angry whites who behave as if the sub-heading of the U.S. Constitution reads as follows; “America is a nation that was founded by whites and will forever serve the interests of whites.”
With this as their primary thought regarding America, there is very little, if any, room for significant and meaningful inter-racial discourse regarding substantive matters such as politics, economics, Race, and power-sharing. In their resistance to even broach the topic of equitable power sharing in a nation as racially diverse as America, whites far too often appear to be little more than petulant little children throwing a temper-tantrum at even the insinuation that they should not control ALL of the nation’s resources. In the minds of such individuals, the only power that non-white groups shall ever possess are the scraps of power that is freely discarded by the dominant group.
Failure to adhere to the aforementioned racially unbalanced power dynamics that has historically ensured that whites will hold all of the politico economic power over others causes God’s petulant little white children to angrily demand that if Blacks do not agree with the existing arrangement, they can always ‘go back to Africa.’
Arian Foster, a running back for the Miami Dolphins, chimed in regarding this matter with the following statement. “We’re descendants of genocide, and people don’t like to talk about that. It’s the truth. We’re the descendants of genocide. So when you say, ‘You can leave,’ where to? I don’t know where my people come from. Am I from the Congo? Am I from Kenya? Am I from the Ivory Coast?”
Although a bit unsophisticated in his articulation of this matter, Foster is nevertheless making a major statement regarding the absence of identity, not to mention the cavernous gaps that all African-Americans experience when attempting to discover their ancestral roots. In fact, without knowledge of our roots, it is impossible to understand the route that our ancestors traveled.
Alas, none of this really matters to those little petulant white children whose first and most consistent demand of African-Americans is that they not only ‘eat shit and grin’ on a daily basis, but also smile without a hint of disapproval while they swallow. From their perspective, African-Americans should be eternally grateful for the privilege of being an American.
Although I realize that what follows will be a series of questions that the vast majority of whites have never heard, nevertheless, it still needs to be presented to what can best be termed ‘the back-to-Africa crew’. I wonder, what exactly do such individuals actually think that African-Americans should be thankful for?
- The theft of their ancestors from Africa?
- The brutality that their ancestors experienced during the Euro-Arab-African Slave Trade?
- The denying of their humanity for Centuries on the North American continent?
- The customary rape of Black women and girls during and after the conclusion of American chattel slavery?
- American traditions such as lynching of Black men, women, and children?
- Blocking ALL educational, political, and economic endeavors?
- The creation of Jim Crow Laws?
- The murder of David Walker?
- The Black Codes?
- Racial Segregation?
- Political assassinations?
- The criminalization of Black skin?
- The destruction of Black Wall Street?
- The denial of the African-American vote?
Rest assured that this is merely an abridged list of the atrocities that persons of African descent experienced in this so-called ‘land of the free and home of the brave’.
So the question remains what should persons of African descent be thankful for in regards to their existence on the North American continent?
Don’t worry, I’ll wait for any response.