The fight for equal rights was the fight to be seen as a human being, even more so, as an individual in a society that was attempting to permanently place all black Americans together as monolithic creatures. Once anyone loses their individuality, it makes it easier for those in power to control a mass population of people, whether it’s through manipulation tactics revolving around race, religion or political ideology. For black Americans, especially during the Jim Crow era, all forms of life revolved around something they had no control over and was simply born with.
When group discrimination is legalized, you would wish for the day that you could be seen in the singular and not in the plural. The obvious immorality to place judgement upon someone based on outward appearance over character was something that black Americans grew tired of. The ability to create a lower class of citizens and dictate how free they were is in itself an American tragedy. We have no problem today acknowledging how egregious it is to superficially judge others when it is directed at non-white individuals, but we have become principle-less people that love weaponizing racism much like our historical oppressors.
We projected grievances when we felt targeted by those oppressing us but today, we have no problem using the same techniques for our own benefit. Our fight against racism used to be planned, methodical and with purpose. If we felt wronged in a particular area, we targeted that area with logical measures for change. We were purposeful people with a particular end game that we felt would be satisfactory, but something went awry along the way. We raised our fists in the air as a symbol of black unification but now it is used as a threat to the social fabric of America.
With the achievements of multiple Civil Rights legislatures passing in the 1960s, we in effect created a new black grievance industry that could leverage its legislative wins along with the guilt of white America to do its bidding. However, the conundrum was that with such a large win, what do we grieve after next? In a changing American landscape that has become less racist by every generation that has passed, what is there to grieve?
You could say that pre-civil rights, white Americans in general were oblivious to the negative treatment of black Americans, so in hindsight, white Americans don’t want to repeat the same mistake as it did in the past. There was an agreed upon social blind spot that Americans had with understanding that their socially accepted wrongs were in fact unequal and un-American. From this moment on, white Americans did not want to risk being visually impaired when it came to black strife, so they have now turned into being overly reliant on black commentary and black grievance as an indicator of reality without understanding that they just allowed a wolf into the henhouse.
The black grievance industry is ruthless with its claims of things that we cannot see and things that they cannot prove. The black grievance industry is careless in how it goes about proving that the racist boogieman of the past has been hiding underneath our beds this whole time. It is by any means necessary to convince black America that they continue to be wronged and white America that they are still the perpetrators of racial sin. For these people, leaving out critical details and jumping to unprovable conclusions is par for the course, as long as you mindlessly follow their pied piper.
The people that hated being prejudged now use it is exclusively for their gain, so who is indeed the oppressor? We have lied about white men and women for victim currency based simply on their complexion. We have no problem turning on our cell phone cameras and becoming our own narrator to a fabricated lie or at best a misunderstanding. We see no issue with ruining livelihoods to satisfy our lust for historical revenge. This industry that we laud as black leadership are nothing but opportunists that utilize historical wrongs to commit their modern wrongs. These people have been at the forefront of the black American transformation that makes us mentally enslaved to victim ideology while lacking the desire to escape their chains.
Our need to have some sort of black leadership has weakened black America to the point of not recognizing that the wolf in sheep’s clothing is also black. Their tactics of deception, exaggeration and racism are at the expense of how black Americans are perceived; highly emotional, irrational, gullible, incapable of nuance in complex situations and possessing the incapability to call out those who are doing wrong that happen to share our complexion.
The utilization of weaponized racism is a weakness, not a strength and anyone that says otherwise does not have black America’s best interests in mind. Racism against white Americans solves nothing and makes us just as pathetic as the people we despised from our past. Racism is for the simpleton among us who is too shallow to look deeper into someone’s character before casting aspersions. Black Americans are not dumb, but we are constantly promoting dumb tactics that feed into our own victimization. We cannot claim to be victims while we oppress, it just does not work that way.
We have taken advantage of the white guilt that permeates our society, but we have become drunk on the power to manipulate others with a simple flash of our victim card. This card is essentially a free pass to say whatever we want to white people and if they dare to react, it will be their fault. This card is a free pass to accuse whites of their perceived thoughts without proof, no matter how destructive the aftermath may be. This card is a recognition that white Americans have no chance in winning the public relations battle god forbid someone records their altercation with a black person. It does not matter how ignorant, childish, foolish, spiteful or racist we are towards our white counterparts, we will always be perceived as the victim and spoiler alert: we know this.
Take for example the altercation between the Atlanta Police Department and Rayshard Brooks. This was a black man that was drunk and asleep behind the wheel, yet when the police officers attempted to punish him for the crime of driving while intoxicated, Rayshard physically assaulted the officers multiple times with strong punches to their faces and tackling them to the ground. Rayshard was subsequently shot dead after he stole one of the officer’s taser gun and attempted to use it on the officer, which could have disabled the officer and risked his safety even more so. What was the reaction by black America to this encounter? It wasn’t shunning Rayshard for his criminality and irresponsible behavior. It wasn’t the recognition that Rayshard could have fallen asleep while actually driving somewhere and killing someone with his vehicle, which likely in that neighborhood would have been another black person. Unfortunately, our only concern was to shun the police officers for daring to do their job, defending themselves and even worse, doing these things while being white. These officers broke the unwritten social agreement that states no white man or woman shall punish, criticize or defend themselves against anyone that is black, and god help you if it gets caught on camera. Ultimately, blame goes both ways for this agreed upon pattern of behavior because black people wrote this social contract, white people signed it.
The devil we feared is who we’ve become. We claim to want to be on equal footing as white people but if that were true, a phrase like “All Lives Matter” wouldn’t hurt our sensibilities. We claim to want “Black Lives” to be at the forefront of the discussion for awareness purposes but all I can see are the many hands reaching out to grab this newly manifested power in the form of so-called social justice. “Social Justice” is the American power vacuum for the ability to dictate discussions, actions and responses to racial grievances, whether they are logical or irrational. It is also the ability to keep blacks as the permanent victim class in America so we can continue to leverage America’s guilt so nothing will be done in response to our terrible behavior. We could burn down our own communities, which obviously hurts us, and everyone else will shrug their shoulders and talk about how they understand our frustration.
Everyone sees our hunger for power yet no one addresses it in fear that the starving beast may come after them next. We know the power our words have in claims of racism purely by the imbalance of a white versus black encounter and we know that everyone will believe us no matter what. With great power comes great responsibility yet we are irresponsible with how we use it. People like Jussie Smollett used this power to get a nation to weep for him over a fake hate crime. I ask, if there is so much oppression going on, why do we feel the need to make it up? Why do we feel the need to exaggerate? It’s because we know the power we hold in our hands but admitting it would mean that we are in fact not powerless people. We are historical victors that could be standing on the shoulders of black giants and not pretending to be the tragic American black victim, but we have unfortunately only found power in victimhood. We have given up being morally correct in favor of being morally corrupt. Absolute racial power corrupts absolutely, and no one is willing to call us out, even within ourselves.