The concept that the African American is a human being, is a very young one. It is a theory that is only about 40 years old, after over 500 years of conditioning that we are 3/5 of a human being. This society is still run by old white men who were alive during the civil rights movement, and they have done nothing but find ways to adjust the language of a system, that was taught to them by their forefathers, to fit current day sensibilities…but it’s set up just the same. They have not changed their minds on what they think of white people. They commit the world’s most egregious crimes, yet call us animals. The police force that we know today comes out of the tradition of the KKK, which was formed to scare free blacks into staying in check post slavery. They have always feared a revolution, and have been preparing themselves for one since the moment our ancestors were set free. While they met a peaceful protest with tanks and tear gas, they left the rest of the city vulnerable to the people from other communities who were actually “Committing Crimes” to local businesses (which is what poor people have ALWAYS done during uprisings…black AND white). Until these men die off and stop influencing the new generation, until the new generation of white America wakes up and takes an interest in learning the true history of their forefathers (instead of having so many opinions with knowing NO facts about the true history of this country), until African Americans take an interest in learning this truth, nothing will ever change. We have never dealt with the past. We have only put band aids on bullet holes and celebrated progress.
"Only a fool lets their enemy educate their children"
-Malcolm X (at 207th St Subway Station (A line))