If a white supremacist pushes a black man into the river,
And he is drowning, because he doesn’t know how to float,
And if the other black men standing on the bank,
Don’t know how to swim either,
Who’s going to rescue him?
Only if there’s another white man, standing besides them,
Who knows how to swim, maybe he can save him,
But it’s gonna be dangerous, because he will get wet,
And in the ensuing struggle,
They both might drown.
That’s how difficult it is,
To overcome racism,
You’ve got to put your life in peril.
By: ElRoy © 2021
“Instead of being blind to race, color blindness makes people blind to racism, unwilling to acknowledge where its effects have shaped opportunity or to use race-conscious solutions to address it. Denial that racism still exists; denial that, even if it does exist, it’s to blame for the situation at hand; denial that the problem is as bad as people of color say it is — these denials are the easy outs that the dominant white narrative offers to people. Wellesley College professor Jennifer Chudy’s research finds that only one in five white Americans consistently expresses high levels of sympathy about anti-Black discrimination.
Color blindness has become a powerful weapon against progress for people of color, but as a denial mindset, it doesn’t do white people any favors, either. A person who avoids the realities of racism doesn’t build the crucial muscles for navigating cross-cultural tensions or recovering with grace from missteps. That person is less likely to listen deeply to unexpected ideas expressed by people from other cultures or to do the research on her own to learn about her blind spots.”
Commentary: Conservatives have tricked themselves with reverse psychology: ‘If everybody’s a racist nobody’s a racist’. Since they are living in denial, they have chilled the Constitution’s First Amendment—freedom to assemble and petition the government: “Black lives matter, (too)” by watering it down to: “All lives matter”.
Everybody rationalizes when they don’t understand or justifies what they can’t control. Everything is perception, and people tend to respond defensively to a mixed environment. For example, affluent parents can take their child out of the public-school system and enroll the student in private education to escape racism. However, the minority kid is stuck. Unfortunately—to the privileged child the word ‘racist’ becomes a joke or an insult, because he has become desensitized to it. In other words, it’s meaningless or just a token label.
Hopefully, the Constitution will still be around when evangelicals also need its protections. However, if our representatives continue to cherry pick the Amendments they want to enforce, I doubt there will be anything left, of our civil rights!