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Why Black People Shouldn’t Just Get Over Slavery

When the conversation of slavery, reparations or racial equality comes up, you always have some White People asking what we are complaining about. You heard comments like that was a long time ago, we need to get over it. You read comments on social media like;

“No white person alive today ever owned a slave. No black person alive today was ever a slave.

We can’t move forward if people want to keep living in the past.”

When the truth is we can’t move forward if we allow you to ignore the past and the affects it stills has in the present and future.

For those who will say they do not know what I’m talking about, you can google it and searched the term “get over slavery.” You dont have to go back that far you can filter it so the results only showed content from the past year. And you can clearly see, there are a lot of mostly white people in the world who really believe black people need to get over slavery.

“’…until there is an honest confrontation, there can be no healing … We can’t just skip the healing part and say, ‘Get over it,’” Nate Parker, director of Birth of a Nation, wants us ALL to “confront the darkness of the past,” in a Slate.com article.

As the Editor-In-Chief of Black Westchester and host and producer of People Before Politics Radio, I often get the question posed to me about why blacks are always complaining about slavery, reparations and racial equality from white people, who can’t seem to understand why we are still talking about it. In the mind of many, who can we talk about how the system is set up for us to fail when we had a Black President.

Well, a friend of mine, sent me a clip she thought I would be interested in. A clip of the Rev. Frederick KC Price – a black preacher that comes on television that my father used to watch religiously – where he describes the treatment of Blacks after the Emancipation and the failed promise of 40 acres and a mule. He compared that to the game of Monopoly where everyone starts the game off with $1500 and what it would be like if one of the players didn’t receive the initial $1500, how hard it would be for him to compete in the game.

This past Sunday we played the clip on the show and I had a few words for those who still can not comprehend why Black People are still fighting for equality, check it out and feel free to leave your thoughts in the comment section below.

Somehow, there remains a whole group of people that are under the impression that all black people are pissed about slavery. First, that this is simply not true. For some of us, it’s about remembering the only part of our past that “the white man” allowed to be recorded.

This is the only past you teach in school and talk about during Black History Month. These same people who share this we need to get over it belief, would never dare say that to Jewish people about the Holocost or Christians about the movies like Passion of the Christ. So, who gives you the right to tell us us to get over it.

The truth is most of us aren’t angry about it. We use it to grow. By knowing where we came from, we can appreciate the present and plan for better futures. Yet, you want us to take our starting point in this country and get over it.

We must never stop talking about it, we must never forget or allow others to forget. We need people who will stay peaceful. We need people who will speak out. We need people who protest. We need people to fight. We need people to forgive. We need people to get mad.

But, the one thing we do not need… is people who will forget.

And, we do NOT need white people telling us that black people need to get over slavery, because this country does not want to deal with it one of its original sins. 

While I know this is like preaching to the choir and may not change the minds the fairer complected individuals who feel this way, but trust me we will not forget and we will not stop fighting and we will never allow you to sweep this ugly period in this country’s history under the rug because you are uncomfortable on the subject. REAL TALK!

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AJ Woodson is the Editor-In-Chief of Black Westchester and Co-Owner of Urban Soul Media Group, the parent company. AJ is a Father, Brother, Author, Writer, Journalism Fellow, Rapper, Radio Personality, Hip-Hop Historian and A Freelance Journalist whose byline has appeared in several print publications and online sites including The Source, Vibe, the Village Voice, Upscale, Sonicnet.com, Launch.com, Rolling Out Newspaper, Spiritual Minded Magazine and several others.
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