Talking about race neither makes a black person a victim nor a white person a racist. It’s called a discussion and something conservatives need to do more of. Recently, a white female twitter follower of mine got agitated on twitter because a black male follower tweeted at me the GOP was being run by a minority of “angry white men.” He added it wasn’t good for growing the party.
The woman tweeted:
“Really? America was built by similar "angry old men" you are referring to. I don't care for your wordage.”
I tweeted “those same white men like Jefferson and Washington had black slaves build this damn USA. U understand that?”
She tweeted I had a 150 year old chip on my shoulder and “At some point you have to move on.” Then a white male follower accused me of engaging in “racist claptrap.” How is talking about ALL American history, including slavery, racist? Too often when blacks bring up the painful history of American slavery, conservatives tell us “to get over” or accuse us of engaging in victimhood. It was okay for the woman to bring up the fact old white men founded America but it wasn’t okay for me as a black woman to remind they did off the backs of slaves.
There was nothing in my tweets demanding blacks be treated like victims today because of the wrongs inflicted upon blacks in the past. Yet when I raised the fact that for over 100 years white Americans used slaves as free black labor to amass wealth and build structures like the US Capitol, the White House, Monticello, Mount Vernon and many others, I’m told to get over slavery.
Interesting when whites praise Civil War heroes they call that “American pride” but when blacks talk about former slaves turned abolitionists like Harriet Tubman, Dred Scott, Frederick Douglass or Sojourner Truth, we’re told by white conservatives “to get over it.” I’ll get over the ugly history of American slavery and segregation when our country can move beyond praising the Confederacy and states’ rights used to uphold separate but equal Jim Crow laws before passage of the Civil Rights Act.
There’s no honesty in white washing American history. Conservatives need to stop being defensive and afraid to talk about race, it’s called the conversation of inclusion. How are we going to grow the party, if we can’t engage in difficult conversations? It doesn’t mean sacrificing party principles but recognizing one race and gender shouldn't represent or control the GOP. America isn’t a monolithic nation and political parties shouldn’t be.
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