A month ago I joined a Facebook group titled 'Black Las Vegas' I believe it was. It is a group for black people in Vegas to discuss many different issues and so I figured I'd like to be in the conversation. After noticing little interesting posts, I decided to strike up a conversation. I asked why is racism such a big problem in our world today when it is not the biggest problem that is hurting the black community. A few people responded, 2 men in particular began to personally spit out a lot of ignorance saying "white people" this and "white people" that. They said white people never apologized for slavery nor gave any payment for it. One of them even questioned if I actually grew up in East St. Louis, IL since, as he said, there was so much racism that happened there back in the day. He refused to believe that I have never experienced racism as my book clearly states. The other guy chose to take jabs at my relationship saying ignorant things such as, "See the white man promotes her book more than she does, maybe he wrote it." This is the kind of ignorance and immaturity black women face when they find a loving relationship outside of their race. The immature men completely ignored anything I mentioned about black on black crime as all they could think or talk about was hating white people. I pity those ignorant souls.
Since I have a low tolerance for ignorance these days I wrote a post telling them both off and left the group. Some of the things I wrote included: Yes my husband supports me as he should, your focus should be on the many black men who do not support their families and leave their children Fatherless. Yes I am an accomplished black woman from ESTL, IL there are many of us who do not play into the negative stereotypes this shows how little you think of people from there to question the validity that I was raised there. Apparently he assumed I could not become an author since I am from ESTL. I also wrote about the fact that those of us alive today did not endure slavery therefore we should not expect a hand out. I feel that is a big part of the reason majority of the black community is not thriving because young people grow up feeling they must expect this or that.
I feel the older generation is doing more damage to the black community than anyone of a different race. Instead of telling young people to get an education (education is the passport to the future as Malcolm X said) they are being told they cannot achieve anything because they are black. They are being shown how to lazily sit back and expect the world to fall at their feet, which never happens. They aren't being shown the importance of an education in our world today. The library is constantly ignored, while the TV is watched for hours on end. This victim/self-entitled mentality needs to STOP! Young people need to go into the real world and see for themselves the many opportunities they have available to them. It took me leaving IL, my hometown, to open my mind to many new things and I am now an author before the age of 30! Young people, do not allow the older generation to hinder your growth, you can rise above, you can excel. You may have to get away from those negative opinions of others, but trust me it makes a world of difference.
One of the men spouting ignorance happened to be the admin for the group. To me, this says a lot about the way many people think. You have a group that is teaching black people to hate white people and you don't see anything wrong with that? It blows my mind how close minded so many people are today. Black women are looked down on when they excel because they are not dating or married to a black man. Ignorance is bliss as they say. I told them both to keep allowing life to pass them by as they spit hatred on Facebook. God bless their hearts for having the maturity age of teenagers and living their lives out on Facebook, in unreality.
I stand by my book and my husband, I have never experienced racism in America, but I have been subjected to ignorant black people who are racist themselves.
God bless you all!
Let your light shine so bright that men may see your good works and glorify your Father who is in heaven.