One Has To Wonder About The Future Of Black History
By Charles Hopkins
Published 09/20/2007 | Social Issues
Before we begin, let it be highly noted that this article is not
written in prejudice, hatred, or meant to be intoned in any offensive
or racial manner. It is merely an observation of the African American
society as noted by an African American.
Society often wonders about the actions, or lack thereof of
mankind, which have been observed throughout the centuries. However,
few may be as noteworthy as those now being written within the history
of African Americans.
For instance, African Americans have historically voted Democrat
since the right and privilege for African Americans to vote was
granted! Was it because the sitting President at that time a Democrat,
or was it because the famed civil rights leader whom shared the pen
which granted those voting rights... an advocate for Democracy? One has
Why is it that African Americans have demanded to be called black
or African Americans when their largest and perhaps oldest civil rights
organization is still yet named the National Association For The
Advancement Of Colored People (NAACP)... and, the majority of the
organization's cases for the past decade have been against reverse
discrimination on the behalf of white Americans? One has to wonder.
Another oddity noted among African Americans is the fact that a
noted Reverend whom was promoted to fame as the civil rights leader...
was unheard of during the civil rights movement until after the
assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
In testament to this, how many pictures, news footages, articles,
or videos has one observed of Reverend Jackson being beaten, hosed,
handcuffed, threatened, jailed, attacked by dogs... or even simply
speaking, ticketed or fined during the civil rights movement? So where
did Reverend Jackson come from? Who presented him to African Americans
as the civil rights leader, and why? One has to wonder.
In recent years, many individuals have been freed from prisons and
exonerated due to testing of DNA evidence. A great majority of those
individuals were African Americans. Yet, still in prison after 25
years, Wayne B. Williams sits convicted of murder of two adult males
with no evidence, and the case closed on 22 Atlanta child murders of
which he is accused... again, without evidence. Yet no African American
leaders are pushing for DNA testing to prove or disprove the guilt or
non-guilt of Williams. Why not? One has to wonder.
Continuing on the subject of DNA testing... let's turn back to the
assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. In spite of King's widow,
entire family, and a few other prominent African American voices whom
have been publicly outspoken in the defense of James Earl Ray (M L K
Jr.'s accused killer), why has there not been a major push among the
African American community for DNA testing to prove or disprove the
guilt or innocence of James Earl Ray? One has to wonder.
Lastly, there is the claimed and alleged widespread racism against
African Americans today based on the racially inflammatory "N" word.
However, it is to be noted among all cultures and races, including
African Americans... that it is the very ones whom claim to be incensed
by it that use it the most and keep it alive in their day to day
speech, greetings, music, jokes, writings, and other forms of
communication and expressions. And, coupled with black on black crime
being among the highest in the world... who are the alleged racist
devils? One has to wonder.
Are these the new chronicles to be written, rooted, and preserved
in black history for the enlightenment of future generations to come?
Are these the legacies today's African Americans desire to leave
behind? One has to wonder.
Again, as stated in the beginning... this article is not written in
prejudice, hatred, or any other offensive manner. It is merely an
observation of African Americans as noted by an African American.