Many of us are so conditioned to shame and blame ourselves on so many levels black people, that at some point we are simply going to have to decide to change our minds about ourselves, each of us, one at a time. We are going to have to take advantage of our own individuality; that thing that is considered one of the white privileges, which is perhaps why many of us haven't seen the point in pursuing any notion of it.
I understand the complexities of our situation, believe me. We have been conditioned for the entire fifty years of the so-called end of racism and post-racial, colorblind era to believe that every evil we do reflects on us all. While our subsequent behaviors and beliefs are not a direct result of this period, it is true that this era, coupled with the 200 years prior to the so-called Civil Rights movement do hold the distinction of group blame for our collective situation in this country.
It would, however, be insane to not to consider the cunning of the Nixon administration and the nation's desire to push back from the gains of the 60s. Since it was at this time, during his administration, that gave birth to individualized racism, and what one of my Facebook friends coined, "personal responsibility" racism.
Let's admit it, not for the entire body black, but for ourselves, if we are stuck. Let's admit that many of us won't even buy from any black owned businesses if we are unsatisfied with what we got from even just one of them. When a crime has been committed, I don't have to tell you, because if you are stuck, you still cringe at the thought that the person committing the crime was black and when you find out that he or she was, you fly to social media to condemn our entire body black.
Much of what the supremacists bank on in the first place is our inherent unity and history teaches us that we have welcomed both the good in us and the bad and have shamed and blamed ourselves for the sake of ourselves and white people.
I won't belabor this post to talk about what most of us know or should know about why many of us behave the way we do. There is so much information out there that unless you are unable to read, you should be checking out the history of us -- post slavery. I will write more about what Nixon et. al did to turn this system into what it is today.
You. By yourself. Start there. Stop indicting our entire body black for the actions
of one or a few. Take advantage of individuality when it suits. Being an individual will not take away from your membership in the body black, believe me. You will continue to be categorized, scrutinized, stereotyped and convicted on the basis of our entire group by white supremacists and generally unschooled whites anyway. Change your own mind and decide to realize you weren't to blame, you are not the blame and you don't have to shame. -- yourself -- on behalf of yourself or the rest of us.