Skin Deep: Is Black Hate White-Bred?

“There is another class of coloured people who make a business of keeping the troubles, the wrongs, and the hardships of the Negro race before the public. Having learned that they are able to make a living out of their troubles, they have grown into the settled habit of advertising their wrongs — partly because they want sympathy and partly because it pays.

Some of these people do not want the Negro to lose his grievances, because they do not want to lose their jobs.”
~Booker T. Washington

Those disconcerting yet prophetic words from the late educator Booker T. Washington likely sounded far-fetched when first spoken more than 100 years ago. After all, why would any of those within the Black community actively work against the best interests of the neighborhoods that reared them? How could he forsee such a schism so many years before most of the world? The answers to such questions are at the true center of the Black populace’s perpetual disintegration.

As a young man growing up in the late 60’s to early 70’s, I recall little to nothing about the fight for civil rights. In our house, we certainly faced familial hardships and issues as many families do, but race was not a central part of that ethos. In fact, I do vividly remember my mother’s demeanor toward other races (in particular, white people) as being very even-minded.

In other words, I had the distinct impression, due to her many friends that were whites, Hispanics and other races, that to her, people were still for the most part only people. As a tangential point, this was not to say that she didn’t experience racial challenges, only how her worldview helped shape mine. That being said, I understood why those in my community felt the way many did concerning the racism they encountered, and why those same
individuals were distrustful.

Nevertheless, that is a different conversation for another time; larger point being- I was not oblivious to the world I lived in.

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World View

After reading about the horrors of slavery and seeing films like ‘Roots: The Miniseries’ in 1977, the atrocities represented, endured by so many blacks before and during the civil rights era, I still remember one very important thing. We appeared to be united. Call it being blind, call it naiveté, or call it simple, unadulterated ignorance. Nonetheless, I believed that due to the synergy of our struggles, blacks understood better than
anyone the difficulties (whatever they may be) facing other blacks.

Maybe it was the “Black Power” signs, or James Brown’s, “Say It Loud-I’m Black and I’m Proud.” Either way, it didn’t appear to mean an aught against other races, it only seemed to reference that we were proud to be black. Yet, something was definitely wrong. Not concerning the “pride” aspect, because for most, their intentions were innocuous. It was indeed much worse.

I began to notice something disturbing. It wasn’t how disparagingly some whites were treating some black people (while that certainly did occur). Generally, that wasn’t my experience at all. But it was the animus that black people seemed to have for other blacks. I found myself likening it to being convicted of a crime that you knew you didn’t commit; no matter what you offered, it didn’t matter- the jury was in. Like some topsy-turvy universe, despite their “Right On” and “Give me five” rhetoric, the pent-up anger held by these blacks was
turned against those that deserved it the least.

How Prevalent Was this Animus?

These random offenses numbered not in the hundreds, but in the thousands. Statistically speaking, the basis of such violence was by and large not due to understandable quantifications such as self defense, or to avoid being killed; these occurrences were based on such mundane reasons such as drugs, turf wars and/or property.

Sadly, these encounters usually resulted in the deaths of many innocent blacks. Regardless of such indisputable facts, as well as what blacks knew to be true in their own neighborhoods, the community’s response was not toward the obvious perpetrators or the astronomical numbers of black on black crimes but instead an outright deflection -against white policemen!

An interesting choice of focus, considering the fact that, based on multiple FBI reports, It would take police 40 years to kill as many black men as have died at the hands of other black men nearly EVERY SINGLE YEAR.

Who should own the blame?

What manipulation (if any) is at work, and who are the orchestrators?

To answer this truthfully, we must consider the profundity of Booker Washington’s quote referenced earlier. For many years, during slavery as well as prior to, such racial discord, if you will- has existed. Those seeking “delusions of grandeur” as referenced by Malcolm X as the “House Negro” has permeated nearly every black community in America.

This group of individuals willing to do anything, even prostitute their own neighborhoods, to propel themselves to superior status, often holding positions of significance. In this, our black leaders, media personalities, community activists and even black pastors have been largely to blame by leading the charge.

As a result, an almost “Pied Piper” influence has seemingly coerced the populace into lock-step. Meanwhile, the real truths behind black hate remain buried beneath the surface.

*Editor’s Note: This is a two-part series. Watch for the second half of Skin Deep to publish on Thursday, August 18th. 


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