What if my name was Rei Don? Ray’Donna? La Reida? Do those variations wave a familiar flag, something one can ethnically identify? If you could put a face to those names, would it include my fair skin, blonde hair, and blue eyes?
Returning back home to South Africa, I began to truly appreciate what I had previously taken for granted in a majority-Black country.
“White people’s number one freedom, in the United States of America, is the freedom to be totally ignorant of those who are other than white. We don’t have to learn about those who are other than white. And our number two freedom is the freedom to deny that we’re ignorant.”
– Jane Elliot
“Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”
– Emma Lazarus
Trump Supporters 2015: America is going to shit, that’s why we need to elect Trump so he can make America great again.
Trump Supporters 2019: If you don’t like it here, leave. If you are complaining all of the time very simply you can leave.
The hierarchy was set up by an ideology of white supremacy and justified the use of deceit, exploration, intimidation, and exclusion to keep Afro-Americans and other minorities “in their place.” This ideology was taught in the infant years of America and still continues to be implemented in present-day America.
When the first Africans arrived in Virginia in 1619, there were no “white” people there. Nor, according to colonial records, would there be for another sixty years…