This article is in response to The Wolf at AHH on his article Black History Now: Obama > Racism?. I’m not going to regurgitate what The Wolf said and even though I agree with most of his points, I disagree with him on one point which is fundamental to his argument. I’m not going to regurgitate his whole article (you can read it yourself), but his main point that systemic racism still exists even though Barack Obama has managed to win the democractic primaries in largely white states, seems a little “Al Sharpton” for me. He says,
When we look at the problems facing African-Americans today that stem, in part, from institutionalized racism: poverty, crime, lopsided incarceration rates, police brutality, and the scourge of drug addiction, we can easily see that a black democratic nominee or even a black president isn’t going to make these problems vanish when he puts his hand on the Bible and takes the oath of office. It’s not about what color the president is, it’s about what bills the president signs, and to really address these issues a President Obama would have to take some very controversial steps.
Al Sharpton aka Captain Save a Negro
Now for those of you who don’t know what I mean by “Al Sharpton”, I mean it seems like how Al & Co seem to be fighting systemic racism when systemic racism is really non existent now a days. Okay that was a bold statement, but let me make another one. If and when, Barack Obama becomes the president of the United States of America, it will be more than enough confirmation that systemic racism is a non-issue. Think about it? If the majority of people in America (who are white), vote for a half Black dude, as their leader, to the highest position in the land, doesn’t this by definition mean systemic racism is “water under the bridge”. Really think about it? A Black man beat the system. And this isn’t like being the first black man to play baseball (shouts to Jackie), this is the first black man to beat “THE SYSTEM”. A perfect analogy would be to compare Barack to Neo in the matrix.
Your the One Barack
As Neo believed with every once of his being that he could “beat” the matrix, Barack has fought (and been groomed) his whole life to take on the system and become exactly what he wanted to be (hopefully the next president). Now what does this have to with The Wolf’s comments that systemic racism still exists in “poverty, crime, lopsided incarceration rates, police brutality, and the scourge of drug addiction”. The reason Black people are over represented in the prison system is not because of systemic racism, but because they just don’t believe in themselves. The people who were trapped in the matrix didn’t have the will to break out of the matrix and some even wanted to live in the matrix over the real world. And it’s not just Black people, the majority of people are average to below average because they do not have the confidence to do something with their lives. These people are not victims of racism, they are victims of their own free will.
Donut Eating Cops
I’ve been the victim of racial profiling my whole life. But do I blame the police for stopping me to question me? Or should I blame the people who look like me for causing the crimes, the police are looking to arrest. Not to get into racial profiling, but this is usually the evidence those who think systemic racism still exists point out. Now before the few liberals who read YoRapper get upset, I’m not saying police are not racists, because I’ve come across a lot of racist police. But I’ve also come across a lot of police that are just looking for someone who happens to look like me and once they figured I wasn’t their man, I was let go. Think about it? If a Chinese dude shot up your crib, wouldn’t you be looking for anyone that looked Asian? Isn’t this just common sense.
The Solution to All Your Problems
The real problem facing Black Americans and as a matter fact the majority of Americans is the loser mentality. I am 100% for Barack, but at times I can’t stand how he and every other politician proclaims he will fix the average person’s problems in a snap. I say, fix your own damn problems, you’ll be much better off than relying on someone else. Essentially, once you believe you have the power to change your situation, blaming everyone for your problems becomes real childish.
Now go OBAMA!