People may not like everything that Tommy Sotomayor says, but this video can NOT be debated or denied. Everything he said is true. Black people, we have to be better than this! This type of stuff is the reason why Rachel Dolezal was able to pull the stunt she pulled with black people. It’s time to wake up, black people, PLEASE!
Many people are offended whenever someone says this. I’ve watched several videos and read several articles that spoke about this and the amount of people being upset about it always appalled me. It is true. Mixed people are not black.
I remember people in my family proudly talking about the “one-drop rule” like it was a good thing, like it’s something to be proud of; “anybody that’s mixed with the smallest percentage of black is completely black”. I didn’t think anything of it when I was younger. But now that I’m older and I hear people saying, “One drop makes you whole”, it just sounds ridiculous. One drop of nothing in the world makes anything whole. Why does it have to be when it comes to black people?
If we think about history and read just a few history books, we all will see that mixed people were never considered full black until racist white people created the one-drop rule during slavery. They were always referred to as something else before then; coloreds, mulattoes, etc. (And now that I think about it, they actually still are. Even though we call them black, we still call them mixed). If they are black, we wouldn’t feel the need to call them something else.
Racist white people came up with the rule because they wanted to keep their race pure and hide that they were sleeping with and raping slave women. Also, of course, because they didn’t want to claim anything that has black in it as belonging to them. We were “beneath” them, according to them.
When we continue accepting this rule, we are accepting racism, white supremacy, and an old slave rule. It’s not slavery days anymore. It’s time to stop holding on to these old slave rules that were basically forced on us.
I always hear black people getting upset whenever a mixed person chooses to identify as mixed instead of black (like Tiger Woods, for example) and say, “It doesn’t matter what you identify as! When the white man catches you in the streets, you’re black!” And people think this is something good when they say this. So, whatever a racist white man says goes? We have to accept them as black because they say so? Of course, they will say you’re black. They’re the ones who came up with the rule! But it doesn’t make it true. Racist white people have imposed many rules on black people that were actually lies and things used to keep us from advancing all throughout history and this one-drop rule is one of them. Besides, if anyone says this, it means that they know the person is right by not identifying as just black, but they think because white people say otherwise, it “doesn’t matter”.
I believe that the reason black people hold onto this rule is because they can use mixed people to get what they want out of a society that gives nothing to black people. Then, once black people can no longer use them for their benefit, that’s when they accept that mixed people are not black.
For example, if we claim mixed people as black, we get the most dominant golf player in the league (Tiger Woods). If we claim mixed people as black, we get one of the most powerful and dominant singers in America (Beyoncé). If we claim mixed people as black, we get one of the most dominant and successful wrestlers in WWE history and a very successful actor (Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson). If we claim mixed people as black, we have the first black president of the United States (Barack Obama). And so on and so forth.
When black people feel like these mixed people are taking things away from them, like privileges and platforms (movie roles, awards, magazine covers, simple praises, etc.) that actual black people should have, that’s when they will start noticing that these people are mixed instead of black. But the thing is, these people have always been mixed. You can’t wait until they start taking things from you to notice it.
I also believe black people accept mixed people as black because they live through mixed people. Black people know that mixed people are placed on a pedestal in their communities and get praised for everything. Black people want that for themselves. So, they accept mixed people as black to feel like they have all that, too. A lot of black people, sadly, don’t want to be black and are very quick to claim that they’re mixed, especially if they are mixed, but it doesn’t look obvious. Whether we admit it, know it, or not, a lot of black people have very little pride in being who they are. The actions of many black people and the things we say about each other prove it. And that comes from many years of oppression and colonialism.
Mixed people accept being called black and identify as black because society tells them to and if they don’t, they get shamed and it shouldn’t be like that. I also believe they identify as black because they are full aware of the privileges they get from being mixed amongst black people and they don’t want to give that up.
I have absolutely nothing against mixed people. I just don’t think they are black and should identify as black. They are not black historically and they are not black in reality. I think they should identify as what they actually are. Biracial or multiracial.
The “Racial Draft” started as a comedy sketch on Chappelle’s Show by Dave Chappelle. It was about trading people of different races to other races and identifying as those races instead. Now, today, black people use it to jokingly “trade” other black people that they consider traitors to their race or simply just doesn’t like for other races of people they believe would benefit the race better.
Although it’s supposed to be a fun joke, I think we should stop telling it. How many other races of people are telling this joke, saying they would trade their people for our people? I think a lot of times we say things without realizing what we actually are saying.
I’m sure other races of people have people within their race that they hate, but we will never hear them talk about trading them for us, joke or not. Nobody wants to claim our racial identity. They may steal our culture, but they will never identify as us. Even if we are claiming to “trade” the people who we claim to be sellouts, why trade them with someone of a different race? Why can’t we trade them with other, more productive black people?
I feel like the “racial draft” is our way of trying to get other races of people to accept us because deep down, we feel like other races of people don’t accept us. And we want other races of people to accept us so badly that we are willing to give up our own people for them. I think we have to be much better than this. We are notorious for letting outsiders identify as us. Having other races of people identify as us will leave us wide open for infiltration.
We consider jokes like these harmless and funny, but they pretty much aren’t. They are really conditioning us to accept anybody as black. It’s time for us to stop this. Let’s stop giving other races passes to be us when they never do the same for us!
Rachel Lindsay is the first black bachelorette for season 14 of ABC’s show, The Bachelorette. Lots of people are very happy that The Bachelorette is finally a black woman. But, unfortunately for me, I’m not as excited as other people are about it.
And I’m not excited about it for two reasons. The first being the fact that it took this long to cast one in the first place. The Bachelorette has been aired on ABC for FOURTEEN YEARS! It shouldn’t have taken that long to cast a black one if they really wanted to cast one.
Also, I now realize that there is no reason to be upset that certain groups of people (in this case, black people) aren’t included in a show, movie, or whathaveyou because it is their show. They are supposed to cast their own people or whoever they want. Every other racial group that has TV shows, movies, etc., casts their own people and do it without a problem. It’s time for us black people to start doing the same and stop worrying about if and when white people will cast us in something they created.
The second reason is because she will most likely end up choosing a white man. Most (if not all; my brother used to tune in and watch it. I never did, but he would tell me what was going on. And he only watched it because he’s a wrestling fan and one of the black contestants was a professional wrestler. After he was eliminated and there was only one black man left in the show, my brother stopped watching it and telling me about it. So, I don’t know if the last black man has been eliminated or not) of the black men have been eliminated. And my brother told me about how one of the black men on the show said that she hasn’t had any one-on-one’s with any of the black men, but she had them with plenty of the white men on the show.
I knew when I first saw her that she would be more likely to choose a white man. First, because she’s on ABC, a white owned network. Second, she’s on The Bachelorette, a white created show, with a bunch of white men. More white men than black. Plus, something just looked off about her. She gave me a weird vibe. Something about her made me think she would more likely choose a man that wasn’t black.
Now, I’m not against interracial dating. What I’m not happy about is that very few, if any, of the white Bachelors and Bachelorettes on the shows have chosen to be with a nonwhite contestant, especially a black one. But the one and first black Bachelorette we have has to be more likely to choose a nonblack contestant? That just doesn’t sit well with me.
I had this same reaction with Disney’s movie, The Princess and The Frog. After all these years Disney has been around making movies and all these princesses they have created and they are finally creating a black one? And she, too, was with a nonblack man in the movie. How many of the white Disney princesses were with black men? Don’t worry. I’ll wait.
I find it odd that after years upon years of not casting someone black on a show, they finally do and they put them with someone who isn’t black, most likely a white person. That just doesn’t feel right to me at all. Something is very wrong with that.
I feel that instead of us being happy that a white show finally casted a black person on their show after years upon years of being on air, we should stop waiting for them to cast us in their shows and create and be happy with our own shows. Let’s stop waiting on white people! No other group of people wait on other people to create something for them and neither should we!
Black people have been told to “forget and get over” slavery for many, many years. We blame slavery for many of the problems that are prevalent in our communities today, from the broken families to the violence. But I would like to know, why are we being told to forget and get over such a hurtful point in our history? And why is it that we never “got over” it in the first place?
Slavery of black people in America began in the 1600s. White people used black people from Africa as slaves to help them with crops, such as tobacco, and other landscaping work. It became even bigger business after the cotton gin was invented in the late 1700s.
During this time, many black people were sold and disconnected from family members and loved ones to various slave owners. Rules and codes were created by slave masters that helped them keep their slaves divided and dependent on them. Of course, let’s not forget the long, harsh labor they were forced to do. And many of the slaves were brutally punished or even killed if they didn’t follow orders or follow them properly. All of these things were even justified because blacks were classified as uncivilized and barbaric, thus needing slavery and treatment in this manner to “discipline” them.
Slavery lasted until 1865, when Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation, officially freeing all slaves. Black people had already endured severely harsh conditions for nearly 250 years by that time. There is no way so many people underwent such horrific and traumatizing events and conditions for so many years and are supposed to come out okay.
After being freed, black people never received any therapeutic help to properly heal them. A lot of the ideals that were forced upon them during slavery were passed down from generation to generation. And, of course, slave masters never got prosecuted for the things they did for so many years.
Also, things didn’t stop and change for black people after being freed as slaves. They still had to deal with racist laws such as Jim Crow laws and Grandfather Clauses that enforced segregation and denied them their right to vote, discrimination, the Ku Klux Klan, terrorism from neighboring whites, police brutality, and being mocked in minstrel shows and other racist media, amongst other things for many, many years afterwards. And just like during slavery, a great number of those white people never got prosecuted for these things they did, if at all.
It may not be as intense and violent as it was hundreds of years ago, but black people across the country are still dealing with racism from white people today and still don’t feel completely equal to them.
Of course, there is a movie made nearly every year that reminds black people that they were once slaves, probably trying to send a message saying that’s all they’ve ever been. Civil rights movies are made just as frequently, reminding black people of everything they’ve been through in this country by the hands of white people.
There has never been any real justice for black people in the hundreds of years we’ve been here. Still to this day, we never got back our original land, culture, customs, and languages that were stripped and stolen from us. We still remain lost and confused.
Today, we are told that we should “forget and get over” slavery and that we “don’t deserve” reparations because we were never slaves. But what did the slaves get? This is what many people fail to mention when they say this. The slaves never got anything besides freedom. And they didn’t get freedom because slave owners finally felt sorry for holding slaves. They were freed to save the United States and its economy. They never got back everything that was stolen and stripped from them. As a matter of fact, the promise of 40 acres and a mule (which I think slaves deserve way more than that for what they went through) was never fulfilled. There’s a reason why black people are still asking for these things. And it’s not just for a handout, like the psychological warfare would have many people believe.
I believe black people have never gotten over slavery because not only are we constantly reminded of it in schools and media, our ancestors hundreds of years ago never got fully healed, justice was never served, and the hurt has been passed down ever since. Whether anybody wants to believe or accept it or not, slavery really did destroy black people. We’re still looking at the damage that slavery has caused. Black communities would be completely different if slavery and racism never happened.
Yes, we have rights today that we didn’t have hundreds of years ago, but they weren’t given to us as amends. Our ancestors had to fight and die for them and they shouldn’t have had to been “fought for”. Our ancestors shouldn’t have had to fight for any rights because those things should already be free for everyone and no other person should have the right to take that away from anyone.
I believe black people are told to “forget and get over” slavery because if we remember slavery and all the other hardships we endured throughout our history in this country, we will get angry. And when we get angry, we will become vengeful. And, I don’t think I have to mention what will happen after we become vengeful. We are told to “forget and get over” slavery because white people are afraid of our retaliation. It all comes from FEAR.
I also believe that we are told to “forget and get over” slavery due to guilt. White people feel guilty and uncomfortable when discussions of slavery and racism are brought up. To avoid feeling this guilt and feeling uncomfortable, they try to tell black people to “forget and get over” it in hopes of getting us to stop talking about it.