Let me be first to say this, I’m not racist, I don’t care if your purple, green, white or black, what I do care about is right or wrong. We all know there are good and bad in every color, religion, creed, nationality, or whatever fancy buzzword you can think of. My purpose in this article is to tell you the truth no matter what, regardless if it’s popular or not.
There really are just 2 sides,,right and wrong,,PERIOD. I’ll save the Grey areas for the devil,,he does all his best works in those shades of grey. We need to get over this whole thing of ” The cop is racist because I’m black,,”
Let me tell you this, if a white person had a gun in his hands, or even without a weapon,,,let’s just say the white person aggressively walked towards a cop,,,trust me,,your ass is going to hit the pavement to, the cop isn’t going to say,,”oh,,your white, I can’t stop you or throw your ass to the ground”.
That being said, yes, we have racist cops, racist black people exist to. You know it and so do I. Newsflash, it isn’t going away, and quite frankly it will never, until every last racist person changes their hearts and minds and actually lives in reality. You know and I know that’s a good dream or fantasy world, however, it will never be,,,perhaps in the next one it will,,,but until that day, we have to deal with the fact, that no matter who we elect, no matter how many rebel flags black people try to eliminate,,no matter how many historical monuments black people try to eliminate,,racism isn’t going anywhere,,,nor is history.
Reality is this, no amount of monument or statue elimination is going to make a black person love a white person, the opposite is also true, a white person won’t love a black person because of that either.
In America, we never really were one country, ,not before the civil war, not after, and certainly not today. One look at our globe tells us that were just a big piece of land divided into a 48 peices, and 2 separate ones off the lower 48.
We have people from every culture, religion, color, you name it,,we have it.
Our much celebrated diversity over the last 200 plus years is a nice warm fuzzy illusion,unfortunately, as we can all see, this big dream and question of,, can’t we all just get along sugarcoating doesn’t exactly work. , and the answer to that question is No.
Hell, white people can’t even get along,,am I allowed to say white,? I hope I didn’t offend anyone, if so, sorry, deal with it.
We need to realize that we cannot bury or forget history, it doesn’t work that way, what we can do is this,,,let’s learn from it.
Seeking to destroy Southern Heritage and monuments, and the Confederate flag is racist,,yep,,I actually said that, ,,I told you in the beginning of this article I’m telling you the truth no matter what.
Why could he say such a thing,,,how could he..? Simple, ,the 1st amendment says I can. Here’s more truth, did you know not every Southerner believed in slavery, as well as less then 20 %,,and I actually think it was even less then that, we’re actually slave owners..?
I’m not saying even 1% is acceptable, ,all I’m saying is this,,,when you try and erase someone’s hertiage, or tradition make sure you really think about it first. Because the South was a whole lot more then slavery, so why the hell are people making it the only issue..?
Southern life represented many good things as well, southern cooking, southern hospitality, friends, family, guns, hunting, some good whiskey,,cards,,horses,,fishing, music,,just being outdoors on a warm southern night,maybe even a beautiful sunrise listening to the birds singing,,, or maybe even a politically incorrect cigarette or two.
I won’t pretend bad things didn’t happen either, slavery the worst of them,, no man has the right to own another. In no way could anyone say it was right.
Here’s the truth, you ready,,sorry, I have to, ,,African American people were sold to the English who went to Africa, the head masters or leaders in Africa sold their own people off to be slaves, ,off to Jamaica, and the islands, and off to America was the next stop.
This should have never happened, but it did,,,,it was the way of life down South,,slavery was the way history went, it also became life as people knew it. Good, bad, or indifferent, we must accept history, because in reality, we have to.
All of these things were wrong, however, remember this, their were plenty of Southerners who didn’t believe in slavery, and lived a life of simplicity, their confederate flags and all those monuments and statues meant and means something different and a whole lot more then any liberal, or what many Africa Americans may believe.
How would African American people feel if we took away BET,,,black entertainment network, the United negro college fund, because we felt it was racist, or seeked to take down anything related to Martin Luther King,,?, because we believed he was an agitator along with Malcom X…?
All this being said, I think it’s a sad day in America when a certain ethnic base can just decide somethings right, act upon it, and do it, without even a public forum, or vote, ,last time I checked this is America,, right..? Could erasing Southern Hertiage also be considered a form of racism towards thousands of southerners that were not slave owners or racist, why should those people be denied their southern hertiage, surely speaking that’s a form of racism.
Lastly, ,what about the forgotten American Indians,,the only true Americans ,,,they are the ones that should be screaming,,,they had their whole country taken from them,,they were also beaten and killed,,,they were a truly peaceful people that didn’t draw imaginary lines within their country and then pretend it was 1 nation. They lived off the land with respect for all living things, and were very spiritual. Yet, today remain largely silent, why,,because they accept the past, and deal with today.
What about Columbus ?? ,,,to this day this Italian explorer never gets all recognized credit, I mean he only discovered America,, there isn’t any complete recognition of a federal holiday.? , ,schools still remain open in certain states ??. I say that’s racism to,,I mean this guy only discovered America for other European people that quite frankly didn’t have the spine to do it. Yet, Italian people remain silent, accepting the past for what it was., and they deal with today.
Marconi, another Italian, invented the telephone, however gets no credit because Thomas Edison and company had the money, the name, and the backing,, therefore the purchasing power to claim the invention as if he himself invented it. Yet, Italians remain silent.
America’s Vespucci,,,hello,,,,another Italian explorer who gets no mention,,,for Christ sakes,,our country’s only named after him. I believe Vespucci came before Columbus.
What about Italian explorer John Caputo,,or as the history book says John Cabot,,,why,,,he had to cut his name because people hated Italian people., and the name had to be more English. Remember, those who write the history books were English , and those who write history books , make history.
Did you also know Italian people were paid less then Black people according to New York City watershed payroll records, ,where it clearly shows Italians made less per hour then Blacks..? Google it, if you don’t believe me.
Bottom line is this, ,many ethnic groups have been hated upon,,,ethnic slurs, hatred, beatings,,killings and more.
Let’s not pretend we can just make it all go away with legislation, ,or some zealous maneuvers to take monuments down.
Race relations get worse when we ignore reality, and when good people of truth fail to tell the truth or stop any of this ridiculous behavior from happening.
I almost forgot,,I’m from the North if any of you are wondering, I also have friends that are African American, ,,which i have today, and since i was 5 yrs old.
In closing, if I offended you I truly am not sorry for telling it the way the truth needs to be told,,,to many leaders today and people are so afraid,,,politicians are so afraid of bad press, liberal groups bashing them,,,alienating a specific voter base, ,and regular people are afraid of what their friends may think or their Facebook followers, quite frankly that’s why we’re in the shape we are in this country,,,,to many sugarcoaters, not enough truth-tellers.
Paul Barca October 18 , 2017