As more years go by the races become more mixed. Really there aren’t many people who are entirely one race anymore. Most whites are a combination of at least several different white races. I am English, German, Irish and Welsh, maybe more. But it changes when the races are mixed with dark skin. Then any other country involved in the DNA disappears and they become just black. Obama is half white, but people don’t refer to him as white, even though is skin is lighter because of his whiteness. He is only black. He isn’t our first mixed race president, he is our first black president. This way the racists have more to feel negative about. So the white part of him is never talked about. His daughters are 1/4 white. Does that not count either? Does being mixed mean nothing?
Two of my grandsons are half black and half white, with a small part of American Indian, English, Irish, German and Welsh. Doesn’t that count? Are they only black? One has lighter skin and one doesn’t. Jamie has his father’s skin and hair. I have a half white and half black teenage granddaughter. Her black side is half African and half Island black. Her skin is fairly light and has beautiful curly, not kinky hair. I remember that her mother wanted so much for her to be white. She had white dolls, not black dolls. I have another grandson that has enough Hispanic in him that if he is with any number of races he can pass for them. Now all of my grandchildren have the same percentage of Chactaw Indian in them, too, which is very evident in my daughter because she takes after her grandmother, who isn’t full blood Indian. It was her grandmother. But some races are more dominant when the genes are passed. The black race is very strong genetically; stronger than the white race and so is American Indian.
I have also seen mixed race couples have twins and one comes out white and one comes out black. What are these kids called, because they both have the same genetics? will one girl have a harder life without the same privileges as the white sister? How do the introduce them without getting weird looks from people? This is my white daughter and this is my black daughter? How can one daughter have racism directed at her and her blond haired twin have a privileged life – unless she met someone, for any reason who couldn’t handle that there was black blood in her – perhaps the parents of a possible spouse because there would be a pretty good likelihood that she could have a black baby. OMG! And there are people who would think that way.
I don’t care if my grandchildren represent multiple races, I refer to them as my grandchildren. But when I show pictures of them to people and I clarify that they are my grandchildren I can see the look they give because it is obvious they are black. but what if I chose to introduce them as my white grandchildren, because they are, after all, just as white as they are black, and Jamie, who is the darkest of the three could very well have white children, too.
To me, the entire subject of racism is absurd because as the years go by it will get harder to separate people by their race. All of the ugly things white (privileged) people say; like black people are dumber, but it’s not their fault, it’s in their genes (or lack of decent schools and teachers) or that black people have a higher tendency to be criminals or black people do more drugs (statistically proven to be untrue) or black people want more handouts because they are lazy and all the rest of these things that are printed so white people can continue to believe they have a right to be privileged. If black people succeed I often read it is because it was given to them, bot that they earned it. The horrible things said about Malia Obama when she was accepted at Harvard is a perfect example.
So where is it all going? I’m in the middle of writing a letter to Jamie at prison. He wrote to me about the limited information they get about things on the news and wanted to know what was really going on. I told him, “When you get out, the world will not be what you remember. You have lived on the outside so little since you were a young boy, so what you remember doesn’t apply to what is happening now.”
That uncertainty must bother him not knowing what he will have to deal with – and knowing so many people are going to be hostile. The world is changing and not necessarily for the good. He will have to treat life so carefully to not end up back inside. He won’t have to intend to do anything wrong for someone to take it as such. He knows that from dealing with the institution inside the gray walls he is locked up in right now. He doesn’t have to do anything to find himself in the wrong.
Yes, I know he is very aware of being racially targeted. That is how he ended up locked up in the first place. And being racially targeted, even in juvenile detention,. where being called a nigger by white staff was not unusual. Of course, a teenager is going to have a temper when he is lied to repeatedly. Solitary confinement was used liberally to teach these niggers how to behave. No one was going to believe his side of any story. Black teens grow up knowing they will be lied to, lied about, and will always come out on the wrong end of the stick no matter what they say or do. White people have absolutely no idea what having to live like that is like. Maybe if they did they would learn not to judge so quickly. White people are NOT special people. They have just fooled themselves into thinking they are.
Because racism is through the roof with cops, black people have to worry still about getting killed. Don’t get indignant and insist it isn’t true. It is not the white people who have to fear for their lives from the cops in the same way. Do I have to worry about my grandsons? Does Jamie have to worry about his half white son. Will my other grandson have to worry have to worry? Will this boy’s father have to worry? My daughter isn’t worried because she is teaching them respect, but who is teaching the cops to have respect? I don’t see that happening. Who is teaching the judges to have respect who refuse to convict a cop when he murders yet another dark skinned person and uses the phrase, “I was afraid for my life, so I thought I’d better shoot him in the back before he turns around and tries to hurt me with the gun he isn’t carrying. Statistics about cop killing people have not been gathered in any kind of consistent manner until now. It is being fought for now. We need to know what is happening.
WHEN JAMIE IS RELEASED FROM PRISON
When Jamie gets out of prison, what will his world look like? How will he be treated? This hate that has been unleashed by Donald Trump who has whipped up his supporters into a frenzy of hate has made it okay for people to take matters into their own hands and shoot people they think is okay to shoot. When I think back to the history of Germany, did the German people just wake up one day and hate Jews? No. They had a leader who worked them and blamed them. He told his white Christian followers they were the privileged chosen race that God intended and he was such a devout Christian. Religion was used to pit people against people. This is what is happened with the Christians in this country. They are special. God loves them. Trump tells them over and over that hate is good. How do we put hate back in the bottle after the election?
Jamie wants to have a good life. Will he be allowed? He wants to help others to not have a life behind bars. He wants to be a father to his son. He wants to go to school. He wants a chance. Will he have that chance? Will the United States come to it’s senses before it reaches a point where it is impossible before it ruins my family, and many other families. It took a long time for me to understand what it meant to not be white. I didn’t know I had privileges that everyone didn’t have. I didn’t know I was “special”. I didn’t feel special, but the cops know I’m special. Growing up I knew I was different, but I didn’t know it came with privileges. That only makes me feel shame that some of my grandchildren are not privileged like me. It should make you feel shame, too.
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