Merriam-Webster’s defines racism as “: a belief that race is the primary determinant of human traits and capacities and that racial differences produce an inherent superiority of a particular race”. So, the main question is “Are you a racist?” I know that it is inflammatory to accuse someone of being a racist, but that is not my intent. My intent is to have people engage in a truly honest debate when it comes to race relations in this Country. I felt the need to address this issue by recent incendiary comments made by conservatives, some of these comments have been supported by certain African-American’s in the media, as well as some in the community.
Conservatives will say that they are not racists. They are simply not satisfied by the way African-Americans dress, act or talk. In addition, they feel the primal cause is due to the breakdown of the family. They often cite the gang violence in Chicago, the bankruptcy in Detroit and the culture of hip-hop as determinant factors to the denigration in the African-American community. Is this true?
Last week, Sharon Osbourne (wife of rocker Ozzy Osbourne) criticized Justin Bieber for “acting black”. She further went on to say, “doesn’t he know that he is white?”. But it doesn’t stop there. This week, people are criticizing Miley Cirus of the same. Her participation in a rap video sparked sharp criticism citing that she was “acting black”. For most of my life (still ongoing), I have been labeled as “acting too white”.
What does is mean when a white person says that another white person is “acting black”? Again I will cite the definition of racism as defined by Merriam-Webster, ”
: a belief that race is the primary determinant of human traits and capacities and that racial differences produce an inherent superiority of a particular race”
The comments made by Sharon Osbourne were clearly racist. She believes that “acting black” is a bad thing. Justin Bieber is a recording artist who has a massive, loyal following. We all know that celebrities and artists dictate fashion, and if Justin Bieber chooses to “act” or “dress” black he will transform many of the white youth that follows him. This must be disturbing to their parents, but if we are to move forward in this “great” Nation then it will be the millennial’s that will be responsible for the acceptance of African-American’s in this Country. I’ve said this hundreds of times now. Blacks can dress in a suit, they can wear saggy pants and doo-rags, but they will still be black. They will still be looked upon with suspicion. We do not occupy the boardrooms. For now, we occupy the locker rooms, but things will change.
Before I leave, I just want to leave you with an experiment. Every race has a stereotype. What is the first word that pops into your head when I say the word
You had to think a long time on the last one, didn’t you?