First, I would like to explain something that I’m sure some of you have questioned. I use the term “black Americans,” and not the “politically correct,” “African Americans.” The reason is based on listening to black men and women talk about this very subject.
While it is true that slavers forced men and women from the continent of Africa onto slave ships with the destination called the ‘new world,’ today’s black men, women, and children are from nation’s all over the world. They all face the same extreme prejudice as the ancestors of the original slaves. They share the problems which exist in America today, but not the same history.
That said, I would like to discuss the ignorance of racist Americans. This example contains a statement by the Mayor of ‘Bloomingdale,’ a small city just outside of Savannah, George. Sadly, this is typical of far too many privileged white Americans, and this is what he mentions; not ‘white privilege,’ but the ‘privilege’ guaranteed by the first amendment.
Benjamin Rozier described “privilege” as having the ability to “protest against anything that triggers you, without worrying about calling out of work and the consequences that accompany such behavior.” In the now-deleted post, a screenshot of which is viewable at local outlet KCRA 3, the rant also jabs at people who are unemployed, have multiple children, and receive government assistance.
Read this twice and you will suddenly realize that this is the way most white racists speak as they attempt to cover-up their hatred of all people of color.
Two facts the media, Fox Noise, and Republican politicians will never tell you.
First, poverty is the primary reason for the majority of non-violent crime in America. The fact is that the gap between the ‘haves’ and ‘have-nots’ is growing. We refer to it as ‘income inequality.’ Just one fact confirms what I claim. The average income of inmates incarcerated in our overflowing prisons prior to their convictions in a court of law was approximately $19,000 per year: far below the poverty line. This fact is evident in the situation of every black prisoner whose sentence was not based on violence.
Second, a predominately white government not only allowed but encouraged America’s manufacturers to move their plants to foreign nations. Most of the factories were located in our nation’s inner cities, and more than 50 percent of the employees were black men and women.
White men, like Rozier, placed profit before people. With the good paying jobs now located in foreign nations, our country’s inner city men and women are forced to work for minimum wage, currently at $7.25 per hour. Many black Americans are forced to work in fast food restaurants, and often need to work two or three jobs to support their families.
Capitalism has failed the average American. One-percent of all Americans control 90 percent of our country’s wealth. This is an economical system doomed to fail.
The Constitution of the United States of America was created for all of the new nation’s people, not a small percentage. Equality is about more than human rights or a guarantee of equal protection under the law, it is about the American Dream. Most Americans, who have reached my age of 73, have witnessed the death of that dream for most of our nation’s people.
All Americans must be informed and encourage change. Our country must join the rest of developed nations and move into the 21st century filled with hope and trust in our leaders. That does not exist in the whitest administration in history in control of America’s future today.
Op-ed by James Turnage
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