By Roy Douglas Malonson
Some years ago Malcolm X stated that, “America has a very serious problem. Not only does America have a very serious problem, but our people have a very serious problem. America’s problem is us. We’re her problem. The only reason she has a problem is she doesn’t want us here.” I couldn’t agree with him more. For the simple fact that, there is just something about this Blackness that I do not understand.
Why is it that even History and English have given the term “Black” a dim definition in comparison to “White”? Don’t take my word for it. For, Webster defines the term ‘Black’ as not only a color but it is characterized by the absence of light.
In addition to various other menacing adjectives including: thoroughly sinister or evil, indicative of condemnation or discredit, connected with or invoking the supernatural and especially the devil, very sad, gloomy, or calamitous, marked by the occurrence of disaster, characterized by hostility or angry discontent, characterized by grim, distorted, and grotesque satire.
While on the other hand the term ‘White’ is associated with more notable depictions such as: marked by upright fairness, free from moral impurity, not intended to cause harm, notably ardent – passionate, and conservative or reactionary in political outlook and action. Even on television a representation of the good guy is often pictured wearing a white hat contrary to the bad guy who wears the black hat.
President Barack Obama once stated that, “There is not a liberal America and a conservative America – there is the United States of America. There is not a Black America and a White America and Latino America and Asian America – there’s the United States of America.” However, I don’t know if I wholeheartedly agree with the president regarding this particular issue.
Now some may take this and say that it means nothing or I am reading into things way more than I should. But our society has been programmed and trained to view things the same way as history and literature has. Even in the judicial system, if the authorities are called in on a Black man; in most cases you see swarms of police cars rushing to the scene. In contrast, how often have you seen or heard of massive numbers of police cars fleeing to the scene of some criminal mischief that a White man is involved in. It all boils down to respecting one another. So at what point are we as a Black race of people going to be respected? After all we are the product of some of the original pioneers of that built this country. I’m just saying!