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When Are We Going to Get Over It? September 16, 2009

Thanks to J for putting me up on this article. I thought it was a very interesting read, written byAndrew Minnis, regarding President Obama, that came from Clarksville Online.   

“For much of the last forty years, ever since America “fixed” its race problem in the Civil Rights and Voting Rights Acts, we white people have been impatient with African Americans who continued to blame race for their difficulties. Often we have heard whites ask, “When are African Americans finally going to get over it?

Now I want to ask:  “When are we White Americans going to get over our ridiculous obsession with skin color?

Recent reports that “Election Spurs Hundreds’ of Race Threats, Crimes” should frighten and infuriate every one of us. Having grown up in “Bombingham,” Alabama in the 1960s, I remember overhearing an avalanche of comments about what many white classmates and their parents wanted to do to John and Bobby Kennedy and Martin Luther King. Eventually, as you may recall, in all three cases, someone decided to do more than “talk the talk.” 
Since our recent presidential election, to our eternal shame we are once again hearing the same reprehensible talk I remember from my boyhood.

We white people have controlled political life in the disunited colonies and United States for some 400 years on this continent. Conservative whites have been in power 28 of the last 40 years. Even during the eight Clinton years, conservatives in Congress blocked most of his agenda and pulled him to the right. Yet never in that period did I read any headlines suggesting that anyone was calling for the assassinations of presidents Nixon, Ford, Reagan, or either of the Bushes.   Criticize them, yes.  Call for their impeachment, perhaps.

But there were no bounties on their heads. And even when someone did try to kill Ronald Reagan, the perpetrator was non-political mental case who wanted merely to impress Jody Foster.

But elect a liberal who happens to be Black and we’re back in the sixties again. At this point in our history, we should be proud that we’ve proven what conservatives are always saying -that in America anything is possible, EVEN electing a black man as president. But instead we now hear that schoolchildren from Maine to California are talking about wanting to “assassinate Obama.”

Fighting the urge to throw up, I can only ask, “How long?”    How long before we white people realize we can’t make our nation, much less the whole world, look like us? How long until we white people can -once and for all- get over this hell-conceived preoccupation with skin color?  How long until we white people get over the demonic conviction that white skin makes us superior?  How long before we white people get over our bitter resentments about being demoted to the status of equality with non-whites?

How long before we get over our expectations that we should be at the head of the line merely because of our white skin? How long until we white people end our silence and call out our peers when they share the latest racist jokes in the privacy of our white-only conversations?

I believe in free speech, but how long until we white people start making racist loud mouths as socially uncomfortable as we do flag burners? How long until we white people will stop insisting that blacks exercise personal responsibility, build strong families, educate themselves enough to edit the Harvard Law Review, and work hard enough to become President of the United States, only to threaten to assassinate them when they do?

How long before we starting “living out the true meaning” of our creeds, both civil and religious, that all men and women are created equal and that “red and yellow, black and white” all are precious in God’s sight?

Until this past November 4, I didn’t believe this country would ever elect an African American to the presidency.   I still don’t believe I’ll live long enough to see us white people get over our racism problem. But here’s my three-point plan:

First, everyday that Barack Obama lives in the White House that Black Slaves Built I’m going to pray that God (and the Secret Service) will protect him and his family from us white people.

Second, I’m going to report to the FBI any white person I overhear saying, in seriousness or in jest, anything of a threatening nature about President Obama.

Third, I’m going to pray to live long enough to see America surprise the world once again, when white people can “in spirit and in truth” sing of our damnable color prejudice, “We HAVE overcome.”

It takes a Village to protect our President!!!”

What are your thoughts after reading  Mr. Manis’ article? 

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15 Responses to “When Are We Going to Get Over It?”

  1. Danielle Says:

    Wow….Thanks for posting this. These are the questions they should be asking themselves. I only wonder if the other media outlets will begin a discussion. Could you imagine CNN using this post as a catalyst for a Being White in America: When will we accept the mosaic that is America? Do you think they’d watch?

  2. No problem Danielle! I was really wondering what white America would think of this article…. and why hasn’t it been publicized (more than it has)… it’s seriously intriguing and it’s the first of it’s kind I’ve ever read.

  3. Lovely Paradox Says:

    How long before we white people get over our bitter resentments about being demoted to the status of equality with non-whites?

    This sentence sums it up.

    Once, over at the Beautiful Struggler a poster did a wonderful rebuttal to the “How long before blacks get over it?” question…. I actually think I printed out that response.

    This too, is a real gem that needs to be distributed around.

  4. “How long before we white people get over our bitter resentments about being demoted to the status of equality with non-whites?”

    Yeah, that was a fantastic point Lovely.

    “This too, is a real gem that needs to be distributed around.”

    I agree.

  5. Comeback Girl-Californicatin' Says:

    I think its time for Barack to take a stab at what Clinton tried to do, but in many ways failed, and that was having a town hall meeting around the country regarding race. I think most people would be surprised that people have these conversations all the time at lunch tables and in dorm rooms. I think lunch is the least segregated times in people’s day. And I’ve been apart of some heated topics regarding how white people HONESTLY feel about black folks.

    I dunno, how I feel about the article. Sometimes OVERLY liberal white folks make me sick too..like they have something that they are strangly atoning for. Some deep dark secret that can’t get over…so they need to show the world and other black folks they are OK.

    To me if you’re REALLY ok with other black folks and the state of race relations in America, then you don’t need to work so HARD to prove a “we all are created equal” point.

  6. “I think its time for Barack to take a stab at what Clinton tried to do, but in many ways failed, and that was having a town hall meeting around the country regarding race”

    @Comeback: I didn’t know he tried that! I think it’s a good idea though. I wonder if those who are against him for that reason would even show up though.

    Hey- how is Cali treating you?

  7. Lovely Paradox Says:

    Sometimes OVERLY liberal white folks make me sick too

    You don’t have to be liberal to have common sense… which is where the author is coming from… Simple, clear common sense….

    Although, I do agree that conservatives often lack that tidbit…

  8. I thought the author brought a point of view that I’m not used to seeing..

  9. the author deserves applause, however, this isn’t the first effort by a white person to open the eyes of those of like pigmentation to what has and is ever present in our society. there have been many.

    the comments to the article are the most deplorable and dissapointed aspect of it all. the sentiment that there is nothing to atone for is contradictory to what is asked of the black community day in and day out. haven’t had a father in your home? get over it. no resources in education and finance? get over it and pull yourself up by the bootstraps! atone for the way you have benefited from 400 years of racist oppression and institutionalized racism and injustice? . . . .whoa, hold up now. I had nothing to do with that.

    his efforts are grand. they should be commended. now if only we can get his readers to follow suit.

  10. Comeback Girl-Californicatin' Says:

    “@Comeback: I didn’t know he tried that!”

    @ Sunny…a long time ago..it was his intiative on race. I think it was my freshman or sophmore year and a few of my classmates were volunteering at the new exec office building for it. Basically the plan called for town hall meetings all over the country and I even think Clinton proposed a day off from work? LOL..well that didn’t go over well in white America.

    Cali’s good. I fly back in a couple of hours.

    @ LP..”You don’t have to be liberal to have common sense”..yeah so I guess my point is to why state the obvious unless its something you and you’re cronies are actively struggling with?

  11. @Robert: “now if only we can get his readers to follow suit.”

    AMEN!

    @comeback: “LOL..well that didn’t go over well in white America.”

    I bet they weren’t!!!!! See what happens when u block out politics- you miss stuff!!!! (talking about me!)

  12. Lovely Paradox Says:

    .yeah so I guess my point is to why state the obvious unless its something you and you’re cronies are actively struggling with?

    BEcause contrary to what you believe to be the state of the union, most white people do NOT think like that.

    Maybe it’s just where I live or what I see, but I do not see a majority of white people with that line of thinking.

    Then again, like I said, common sense does seem to be far from being common….

  13. @lovely paradox:

    funny thing is, even black america has been duped into thinking that this plight is something that we have to just get over. It’s bad enough that white people don’t know they’re doing it (it’s amazing how many times i keep referring to this idea: They’re not racist, They’re just white!) but even worse that our own communitt has taken on the idea that racism, prejudice and injustice is something that needs to be gotten over.

    If you break up with someone, you get over them because you no longer have a relationship with said person. Lose some money, you get over it because the money’s gone. But how do you get over racism with it smacks your black a** in the face in the morning. . . each and every morning?

    [rob just went into the bathroom to change out of his corporate slacks, button down and loafers to put on fatigues, black glove, instant afro, black boots and black leather jacket]

  14. Lovely Paradox Says:

    Lol @ Rob in black boots, afro and fatigues. 🙂

    even worse that our own communitt has taken on the idea that racism, prejudice and injustice is something that needs to be gotten over.

    My line of thinking is very simple. You will always have your revolutionaries and you will always have your moderates and then you’ll have your Pollyanahs. And that’s fine, the world needs all kinds to run… What pisses me off and irritates the heck out of me is when the Pollyanahs of the world try to tell the revolutionaries how to live their lives. If you want to see everything as rosy and lovely, it’s your God-given right, just don’t b!tch about someone else who sees it in a different color than you do…


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