Listening to this young woman Mickey Guyton singing BLACK LIKE ME, brought back memories of my own childhood growing up in the State of Alabama. Listen to Black Like Me
Alabama has a history of past racism. Growing up, my parents never talked about what issues they encountered with being black. They never spoke about anything race-related.
As a matter of fact, the Governor of the state told the story of what they could expect. For example:
In 1962, when he ran again on a platform of racial segregation and states’ rights and was backed by the Ku Klux Klan, he won the election.
His inaugural speech concluded with the infamous line, “”Segregation now, segregation tomorrow, segregation forever.””
All things considered, they didn’t have too. They were accustomed to racism because they had no choice in the matter. Because segregation was all that they knew. So they accepted.
In another event of 1963 that cemented the public perception of the new Alabama governor, Wallace led a “”stand-in the schoolhouse door”” to prevent two black students, Vivian Malone and James Hood, from enrolling at the University of Alabama, until the National Guard intervened. He continued to oppose integration throughout his term.
Generally speaking, as a young black person, it made me mad as hell being called a nigger. Because that was not who I saw myself as being. My skin was brown, and my hair was not straight, but I was nobody’s nigger.
Some people should think about this– as people of color—we are more alike than not. We are born, grow up, then we grow old; if we get hurt, our blood is red, just like yours. If we get sick, and we die just like you.
The only difference is the color of the skin:
One has Melanin, and the other one don’t.
Unfortunately, over the last four years under Donald Trump, racist and racism have come upfront with a vengeance. He does have a lot in common with the late George Wallace. His dislike of people of color.
Personally, I find it very disturbing how this man twisted the laws to fit into his plan. The exciting part is that Republicans have defended President Donald Trump over his removal of the top federal prosecutor in Manhattan, whose office was investigating the president’s associates before his abrupt firing over the weekend.
“No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background or his religion.
People learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.” –Nelson Mandela
“Small is the number of people who see with their eyes and think with their minds.” -Albert Einstein
“Racism, xenophobia, and unfair discrimination have spawned slavery when human beings have bought and sold and owned and branded fellow human beings as if they were so many beasts of burden”.- Desmond Tutu