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People speak of the Civil Rights Era as some detached and distant time long ago. As if everyone is currently afforded the same rights and protections under the law both on paper, and in day-to-day reality….When that’s just not true on several fronts.
Did the era of fighting for Civil Rights ever really end? Or was the temperature just lowered to a simmer and the pot forgotten on the stove?
I know it’s hard for a lot of ppl to understand why black people are so deeply affected by racism and it’s hard for people to understand why so many of us live in impoverished, run down places.
So here are some numbers that I think make the picture clear.
Black Americans as a group have spent more time in slavery than out of slavery.
Slavery lasted for 245 years, it has only been 149 years since we were “freed”.
And as you all know, we were freed without any money or land or any kind of support. And I’m gonna just glaze over all the share cropping and slave like labour that continued to happen to just point out that segregation didn’t even end on paper until the 1950s, meaning we’ve only been legally allowed to share the same spaces with white people for 60 years. Our grandparents/parents were living during major civil rights movements. (My grandmother couldn’t get a job that she was RECOMMENDED for because they didn’t realize she was black until she showed up in person)
So, 245 years of being chattel, 77 years of fighting for basic human rights, and 60 more years of still fighting against discrimination and trying to level the playing field, all while being told to forget that the majority of the time we spent in this country, we spent as slaves and/or being sabotaged by the government.
Just a little perspective
Not to mention many unfair business practices that still linger on today. Such as where banks will ramp up the interest rate for small business/home/car loans for black people for no reason other than that they are black. In addition to black people being denied loans altogether when pursuing the idea of owning a business. Thus, there is still an uphill battle when it comes to black people being able to create revenue and jobs in own communities.
white people: mike brown robbed that store!
Lawyer: no he didn’t
Store owners: nope
Eye witnesses: nah
white people: MIKE BROWN ROBBED THAT STORE
people who are paying attention: hey hey did you know that robbing a store is not actually grounds for an extrajudicial execution anyway