Black Community: Where Are We?



(  As children, when my siblings and I did something good, my mother never failed to compliment us. On the other hand, when we did something bad, she never failed to chastise us by providing a bit of corrective action! Whichever we were to face, my mother did it with love.  At times she would add, “This is going to hurt me more than it hurts you!” We found that hard to believe; however, we tried our best to do better or make improvements the next time. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if our Supreme Court and our politicians did the same thing—make things better?

Black Community - Where Are We

Some people like to talk about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr’s dream. They talk about equality, but somehow forget that our nation has never been equal for many of us. So, just declaring equality does not make it so. Forward positive movement makes it so.

Donald Trump, the twice impeached, several times indicted, once convicted, many times exerciser of super bad behavior, made the phrase “Make America Great Again” famous. My friend, Dick Gregory, always responded with, “You act like America has already been great for some of us!”

Sure, there was a time when many of us thought taking something to the Supreme Court would provide justice for our righteous causes. No longer are we under that illusion. Our only consolation is that we have three of the four women on the United States Supreme Court willing to make America great for all of us. We’re grateful for Justices Sonia Sotomayor, Ketanji Brown Jackson, and Elena Kagan—but for all their strong voices for justice for all, we need more!

We need a new Civil and Human Rights Movement because those rights we once thought we had are now slipping away faster than we’re moving forward in basic rights. The hatred we are experiencing is coming from so many directions. It’s sad to say that too much hate and the blocking of our moving forward are coming from within.

One glaring example of blocking our forward movement is Clarence Thomas. His hatred for us is so glaring that he not only takes advantage of affirmative action for himself, but he votes to deny it for those who’ve come after him. Let me be clear. I am not suggesting that attending Harvard University is any better for a Black student than attending Howard University or any of our fine predominantly and historically Black colleges and universities.  Learning to appreciate diversity in this country is not exclusively for Black people. That is the way it is treated, however. So many things people other than white people have created are used by them, and some are presumably used by the Thomas family.

Let’s name a few: The gas mask grabbed by Members of Congress when they were under siege in the Capitol on January 6, 2021, the blood bank, improved ironing board, home security system, yield traffic light, refrigerated truck, automatic elevator doors, tissue holder, automatic gear shift helping people to drive uphill, clothes dryer, dust pan, folding chair, golf tees, lawnmower, lawn sprinkler, modern toilet, the mop and too many things to mention here, but I am sure you get the idea.



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