Even a few white conservative radio hosts became uncomfortable and pushed back against my saying that slavery happened a ga-zillion years ago and it is time for black America to get over it. Apparently, they considered such a statement coming from a black person too Uncle Tom-ish for even them. Their retort is “Surely, you must admit that being African American in America is challenging.” When my reply is, “No, it is not.” their reply is, “Thanks for coming on the show Lloyd. And we’ll be right back.”
I am in my sixties and America has come a very long way since my youth. Mary, my beautiful awesome white wife of 38 years, and I began dating over 40 years ago. We caught heck from both sides; severe pushback from our families. We were chased in our car by a carload of angry white boys. On another occasion, we were waiting at a traffic light when a white man got out of his car, cursed at us and spat on our car. A white landlord revealed to me that her black maid advised her not to rent to us because any black man who dates a white woman is no good.
Then, there was the time at a family restaurant, a white man approached our table and smashed a beer bottle on my forehead and fled the restaurant. I was not severely injured and he was later apprehended. Back in those days, being black in America had its challenges.
Today, in terms of living a happy and fulfilled life; achieving one’s American dream, racism is not serious enough to block anyone. As a matter of fact, America is the greatest land of opportunity on the planet. I am extremely grateful to God for blessing me to be born an American. Cut the victim crap and go for your dreams.
Is racism alive and well in America? Absolutely, on both sides. People have a variety of prejudices. Is racial prejudice in America prevalent enough to stop anyone from achieving? No.
The Bible says “As a man thinks in his heart, so is he.” Wow, what a powerful truth, able to empower or destroy you. If you see yourself as a victim, you are. But, if you see yourself powerful and free, you are.
Can someone please explain to me how viewing themselves as victims of slavery empowers black Americans today? It does not; quite the opposite. Liberals love to lay the serious economic and moral problems devastating the black community at the feet of white America and America’s sin of slavery. This mindset weakens black America because it places their salvation in the hands of someone other than themselves, contingent on white behavior and intervention. Are we slaves on a national plantation waiting for our masters to better manage our lives?
Throughout American history there are countless inspiring tales of blacks using their will to succeed. Born in 1885, A’Lelia Walker was a black businesswoman. She was the first self-made female millionaire in the United States and also one of the first black millionaires.
Imagine Miss Walker’s life had she obsessed about slavery and reparations.
Some blacks might call it ”Uncle Tommish,” but they are fewer and fewer of the US population every year.
Africans are choosing to come to America by about a million per decade!
That means more Africans enter this country voluntarily each decade than came on slave ships over 300 years of pre-Civil War history!
Of the 12% of Americans who are black a large percent had no slaves as ancestors, and that percent is growing each year!
I hope Lloyd Marcus can live to see the day when slavery discussions are about current events outside the USA (where we can actually help slaves) instead of about some fantasy past that people create in order to play a guilt-trip game on their neighbors.