First, I was angry and confused about why this wasn't taught accurately (if at all) in grade school. Sure, in January, we talked about Martin Luther King and how inspiring he was.. but we didn't talk about the events leading up to his "I had a dream" speech and subsequent murder. The systematic and pervasive oppression and discrimination perpetrated against African Americans was never presented honestly. Secondly, I couldn't believe we as a nation treated African Americans like that *SO* recently in our history. My classmates and I would watch the videos and documentaries in horror and think "Thank God that's over"...
Yes, that's my white privilege showing.
This was around 2008 when Barack Obama was about to win the presidency. It seemed like an overwhelmingly positive time in American history for Black Americans and race relations.
Well.. looks like it's still a work in progress.
I heard someone say just yesterday how disgraceful the Temple/Drexel/Penn student protests were. Students across the nation have been protesting in solidarity with the University of Missouri students. Peaceful demonstrations (which is a Constitutional right, by the way), much like the ones that took place in the 1960's, to take a stand against the overt racism and apathy on and around campus, are causing outrage among conservatives.
I came across this atrocious post this morning, and it feels ridiculous to even acknowledge such an ignorant stance and comment; but I am seeing and hearing people say things like this far too often. Is it possible that we need another Civil Rights upheaval? When did overt racism become acceptable again-- by a presidential candidate, no less?!