jp - I must tell my friends, family and co-workers how wrong they are! My, we've all been participants in 'black culture' for generations, and now we find out we don't even exist!
Ralph Ellison wrote a book called 'Invisible Man' about being Black in the USA. His point was just that, to a lot of Americans, everything about being Black in the USA is invisible. To many Americans, 'there is no such thing as "black culture"'. To them, or I should say, to YOU, Black people have no different experience than white Americans. Blacks have no different culture, no seperate music, art, philosophy, heroes, or values.
Everyone knows Black people are treated exactly the same as White people in the USA and always have been, right jp?
Was there such a thing as a seperate 'black culture' in 1800? Or was being a slave the same as being part of the 'master race'? When was the last time we saw a gang of cops beating the sh*t out of a handcuffed white guy on TV? Why is it that eleven 'historically black' colleges still have more Black graduate than all the other colleges and univeristies in the USA put together?
In 1968, the Kerner Commission, reporting to president on the causes of rebellion in the cities, wrote that America was "... two societies: one black, one white -- separate and unequal."
But perhaps you know better than them.
Proud to be an American
Not blind. Not uninformed. We are party to atrocities. But the response of the world after 9/11 is worth noting. Even our most dire enemies offered aid. We should all be so lucky.
Last edited by Volcana; Jul 15th, 2002 at 03:16 AM.