Take a look at comments sections, Facebook statuses and Twitter accounts acroses the country. On any given second, you'll see someone flippantly discovering the way to solve the various disparities in rights afforded African Americans.
Want to rise up in literacy? Black people should stop buying Jordans and buy more books for their kids.
Want to stop violence in Black communities? Just stop shooting each other."
How about incarceration? Don't commit so many crimes."
Gee, thanks. I didn't think of that. Do these pundits somehow think they're smarter than millions of African Americans? That we're all too busy sagging our pants, buying Jordans or getting single mothers pregnant to see the "obvious" solutions in front of us?Well, they aren't the ones with populations with appalling social prospects, but what do they know, eh, David?
The approach of offering such flippant solutions is just a carryover of a paternalistic tradition built on the stereotypes that people of color are somehow in need of guidance or care from those in power. Black America doesn't need to get lectured or reprimanded.Yeah! If Black America wants to stay out all night drinking with its friends, it will! It's so unfair! Asian America never gets grounded! *sulks*
Black America – and people of all races – need co-operation. Togetherness. Working in unison to help every group of people to rise above their circumstances.What circumstances? The fact that your reputation is so low, that armed guards are considered necessary where large numbers gather, no matter how ordinary the pastime?
Unfortunately, this teamwork is hard to come by, especially in light of the fact that so many Americans have failed to incorporate people of other races into their own social lives. A recent study revealed that 40% of white Americans don't interact with anyone from other races and 25% of non-whites interact exclusively with people of their own races.If no-one wants to sit next to the unruly kid, or invite him to any parties, maybe it's the unruly kid that's the problem?