DEAR BLACK PEOPLE,
CAN WE TALK?
I became curious about the following elephant in the room when Black and White people interact. This fermentation arose, when a Netflix produced a series called “Dear White People.” and was on my nightly Netflix menu. I found there was a book, by the same title. Initially, I was excited, because the racial polarity in America, was and is at a boiling point. We need a serious ongoing dialog, because I believe ignorance and politics have led to this critical period in American History.
I just read in a Social Media sight, an angry looking woman say, “you can define hate speech however you want. But it’s not going to change anybody’s mind.” Some truth in this, you can pass civil rights laws, enforce them, hose down protesters but it’s not going to change anyone’s mind. That is the most important question, how to change peoples minds, attitudes, anger into a more tolerant position, actually greater than mere tolerance, but join as Americans, brothers and sisters.
I think communication is a beginning. We need blog discussions like mine across the country, on YouTube Channels, in Libraries, on serious talk shows. Let us begin then.
We Americans are letting others talk and think for us. Many of these people are running for political office, they have big donors, with agendas, their party has laid claims on people by race, religious beliefs, Geographic’s, occupation, color, income, ethnicity, as their own niche. This is usually referred to as demographics, however it needs clarifying and analysis, because it often boils down to Black and White Stereotypes. They have stereotyped us as if stamping out their party supporter. They believe in the stereotype, campaign to the stereotype, and their media support does so with propaganda intensity. The party bosses count on their vote, take it as in their pocket. Black and White.
No Quid pro Quo, you give your vote but what do they give you? We should organize and demand our representatives to hear the people.
Unfortunately, I discovered the Netflix series was more of a situation comedy, that did bring up race and racial issues, but with a tongue and cheek approach. We can’t discuss these issues with a background laugh track. It is likely Producers and Netflix executives have applied pressure to add, comic relief, and tone the series down for a wider audience. As always, its about money and audience share.
I also found the book; “Dear White People”, it was of the same cut. Maybe the writer sold the rights or wrote the script. It is also partially serious, with a reoccurring comic narrative. If you enjoy either of these, then enjoy them, but that is not what I’m going to give you.
Thus, I decided to write a book; “Dear Black People”. A serious book. and I hope an interactive book. Since I’m white, I thought it being the safe title to go with. However, the book I am imagining could be also titled “Dear White People.”. Because both sides of the race wall must speak. I’m writing this book one Chapter at a time, posting the full
If you would like to spend some time on a topic, or present a blog with your interactive questions and topics, then let’s talk about it.
Chapter on my blog; “Liberi Press” (Liberipress.com). I plan to announce this on various social media, and I hope every person who believes this is an issue that’s time has come, and it begs for an introspective, you become engaged with us. If you believe this can be part of your mission please network with social media, school, family and friends to participate.
Yes participate. Not just read my one chapter, and not speak out. Everyone who responds on my Blog, or Social Media will have their complete dialog posted. Soon thereafter. I’m a wordy person, so if I get a response with many pages, then fine. I will go for 70,000 words than around 60,000. If we are talking issues, learning about each other, discovering tolerance and diversity, then the blog remains open.
Analyze, and think hard about what I or someone else throws at you. If it’s another issue about race relations and the large umbrella it covers, it’s all game. Throw it at us.
FIRST DISCUSSION COMMENT:
Do you believe Black Americans are worse off under President Trump than the previous administration? Back up your opinion with some facts, quotes from media or polls.
That was quick wasn’t it? I recently read some polls and know what they say many Black Americans believe this, and many white persons alsoT. I also desperately need to know what White Americans believe. Or, you will be silenced and only my opinion will count. It’s like wearing a “I VOTED” pin if you share with us, and it will be published.
WHO AM I?
I am not a silent American. I’ve had various blogs and web pages for years. Also, I’ve been a Twitter warrior for a decade or so. Going by various anonymous titles over the years. Changing identities occasionally to get around the people blocking me or ignoring me. I really liked my moniker; “Little Teddy”. Until someone stole my name, Twitter page, and changed my password. It took some time to get Twitter to believe me, and I hope fake “Little Teddy” wasn’t too annoyed, over some of his identity details I may have considered changing.
I am an old white man from the south, living in Alabama currently. I am sure you can imagine some unflattering images and stereotypes of me by just saying that. What about in real life. Hmm, maybe that’s a bad statement because I am alive so far today. The Bible says something wise regardless of your beliefs; “We are known by our fruit.” Our actions, words, our compassion. So give everyone the benefit of the doubt before labeling, stereotyping, and compartmentalizing.
2. DISCUSSION COMMENT
Do you make snap, immediate decisions, form a stereotype, about persons of a different race, color, sex…when you first see them, or even hear their voice on the telephone? Give some examples please. Do you think you are often right, and their may be a subconscious reason you do so?
Yes, I was born in Savannah, Georgia and mostly grew up in Atlanta. I joined the Air Force at 18 and haven’t spent much time in the deep south for my 24-year career. The Air Force positioned me in Alabama, as a Flight Test Flight Engineer, I tested aircraft receiving extensive maintenance at a Defense Contractor facility. I received a job immediately after I retired, thus I was sentenced to Birmingham Alabama. With a wife, three children, mother-in-law and two boxers, I was made an offer I couldn’t refuse.
I’ve got enough semester hours to equal about four years of college, but mostly in Computer programming, Management, Accounting and Economics. Oh, I made an A+ in my creative writing class, and my professor said, “you should write for a magazine.” Therefore, I am qualified if you are qualified, with or without without a Bachelors, Masters, PhD, or years teaching Civil Rights, Human Communications, Psychology or Sociology. Oh, I did take a course in two of them.
We are qualified because we are free Americans, espousing our free speech, in hope of improving our nation.
Frankly, the above groups of people do not seem to be doing a very good job addressing the anger and frustration in America over the racial divide. A degree doesn’t make you smart someone told me, it just shows you can learn. I do regret I never had an opportunity to attend a 4 year college.
I’ve met a lot of good people here in Alabama, White and Black. Alabama, as I’m sure you know, or should know, had a very volatile Civil Rights Revolution. What else could you call it. It had a profound effect on White and Black Alabamians, that became immediately evident to me when my caravan of gypsies pulled into CenterPoint Alabama.
Above I had no problem finding a job, when the government contractor lost the bid for the next contract. I did have a lot of management experience, Professional Demeanor (some of that has gone I think) I wrote good resume’s, and they flew out in my email in all the cardinal directions near my new Birmingham house. Hmm, oh I had white privilege also. If you are a proponent of that. Frankly many businesses have confidence in ex-military, and the government hires Veterans as they are encouraged strongly to do so. Your veteran privilege ends at the hiring point. But a good paying dead end job isn’t too bad. lease network.
3. DISCUSSION COMMENT
Do you believe there is ‘White Privilege’? What areas of our socio-economic culture do you believe it lives, openly or in the shadows? Or not. Have you felt you have been a victim of ‘White Privilege’ in some way? Please explain. Do you feel you have faced discrimination for being White or Black? Details, Details. Please.
The End of Blog 1, Interactive Racial Discussion. Now it’s your turn.
James Kirk-Wiggins © November 18, 2019.