My great grandmother Ronsie, had a chest in which she kept, historic family items. When I was 10, I once sneaked in in the chest and looked at some items.
One of the items horrified me.
It was news clippings that had photos of butchered children.
I asked my father about clippings and he told me about Rosewood and Tulsa massacres. Many years later, I discovered a dreadful truth about white privilege.
I often heard, ” Black people should pull themselves up by their own bootstraps”. It would be respected.
BULL SHIT! IT’S A LIE. TULSA MASSACRE PROVES IT.
The Black people of Tulsa, Black Wall Street, did just that. The result was a massacre that involved an aerial assault.
Back then and now, white people were told, “No matter how bad off they were, they were better off than niggers”
Black Wall Street exposed a truth, poor whites couldn’t tolerate. Here stood a vibrant, successful community, with banks, businesses, beautiful homes. That was not supposed to be. So angry, jealous whites, destroyed what blacks built by pulling up their “bootstraps”.
One hundred years later nothing has changed. Right now as I type, Republicans are creating laws to take voting rights back 50 years. The wealth gap between whites and blacks is staggering.
Less than 20 years after civil rights; under Ronald Reagan, progress blacks made was torn asunder.
Upward mobility and affirmative action gone. Then came the crack epidemic.
THERE ARE MORE BLACK MALES IN PRISON THAN ARE IN UNIVERSITIES.
This was due to the 1998 crime bill.
Before I end this rant, I want to applaud the Red Cross. After the Tulsa massacre ended, they were the only organization willing to go in and give first aid, food and blankets to blacks. They also set up a safety zone for blacks and gave names to authorities of suspected murders.