Many years ago I was at the Morgans Harbor Hotel and Marina on what I considered a dream date with a beautiful slightly older accomplished woman.
If my memory serves me correctly, the facility had just undergone a complete overall.
It was my first return to Port Royal after having left there. I had spent months at the police training facility which was situated there, but had not received any training in Port Royal.
The government had decided to move police training to Twickenham Park Saint Catherine.
It was a beautiful and warm Jamaican Saturday evening, with a light cool breeze wafting off the water. The place was buzzing with chatter as patrons mingled and chatted with each other amidst the clinks of champagne glasses.
From where we sat outside under the stars, other patrons chatted freely as they enjoyed the peaceful beauty of the shimmering lights of the Kingston skyline.
Seated next to us to one side under the umbrella was a group of young men who sounded like American tourists.
The small group of four were all male. They chatteded freely about the beauty and possibilities of Port Royal and the Kingston harbor.
They were speaking quite loudly as some people tend to do when alcohol is involved.
And so one of the group of young men (who were all white) loudly chimed in that he would like to own Port Royal and cut it off from the rest of Jamaica, he then commenced to detail how he would develope the place to suit himself.
I couldn’t help hearing the conversation, there was no attempt to be discreet , and why should there be people were out enjoying themseves and having a good time. My date was obviously hearing the conversation as well but her reaction was 180 degrees different than my indifference.
She was a woman fiercely loyal to Jamaica she had travelled to the United States and had decided that it was not a place in which she would want to put down roots.
She had previously told me of an incident in which she was shopping in a New York Department store and walking to the door both hands occuied with shopping bags.
On approaching the exit door she said a white male turned away rather than open the door for her.
She never forgot that incident and the conversation was enough to trigger a response to the conversation beside us that shocked me as it must have shocked the young Americans and everyone within ear shot.
She lit into them as racist bitches who wanted everything they see others have, wanted to control and own everything wherever they go..
Her totally unexpected and visceral response to what I thought was an innocent conversation was shocking to me.
At that time in my 20’s the farthest I had been outside mainland Jamaica was indeed Port Royal.
I was no dummy to racism, but I did not process the conversation of the young men in the same prism that she did.
Her exposure to racism in America, was something I was not exposed to and it had scarred her.
Several years later, I emigrated to the United States. It was then that I changed my perspective regarding her response to that conversation years earlier.
Even though I cannot point to any specific acts of racism towards me personally, I became more and more alerted and sensetive to the toxic undercurrent within the society.
Later I started taking a deeper look at our history, the way the laws are written and enforced and I began to form a view that though not visceral, was less accomaditing of my perspective at the time my friend verbally attacked those young tourists.
The effects and practices of hundreds of years of Racism are still in full effect in America, despite some veneers of improvement which are designed to placate the world.
The truth of the matter however, is that Racism in America persists because it has been codified into at all levels of the American legislative foodchain.
Slavery was legal. Jim Crow was legal. Segregation was legal.The black codes during reconstruction was legal A ban on interracial marriage was legal. Lynching was legal. Police killing of unarmed black people is legal.
At every turn some politicians pay lip service to racism while seeking elected office but they never bother to tak about the fact that racism persists because at every level the ignoble practice has been codified in the laws and supported by legislatores at all levels.
America’s refusal to abandon the degeneracy of racism and the mind-numbing stupidity of white supremacy, has been evident in its support of the Apartheid régime in South Africa before it crumbled under its own weight. It was evident in the dropping of two atom bombs on Japan, even though the EuropeanGermans) had started both world wars. It is evident in its unconscionable support for Israel, which is an apartheid régime.
Today, despite all of the talk, and the narrative that the American people are better than this, the truth remains that they aren’t.
Professor Eddie Glaude Jr., the chair of Princeton’s Department of African American Studies, sat down with MSNBC’s “Deadline: White House” to discuss the shooting that killed 22 people in El Paso, Texas.
In an impassioned breakdown of American racism Professor Glaude said :
“America’s not unique in its sins. As a country, we’re not unique in our evils,” Glaude says in a 3‑minute clip from the segment. “I think where we may be singular is our refusal to acknowledge them. And the legends and myths we tell about our inherent goodness, to hide and cover and conceal so that we can maintain a kind of willful ignorance that protects our innocence.”
Citing the rise of the tea party and how many Americans attributed that to “economic populism” because they didn’t want to acknowledge that it was about race. But “social scientists were already writing that what was driving the tea party were anxieties about demographic shifts,” he added. “That the country was changing, that they were seeing these racially ambiguous babies on Cheerios commercials, that the country wasn’t quite feeling like it was a white nation anymore.” “People were screaming from the top of their lungs, ‘Yo, this is not just simply economic populism. This is the ugly underbelly of the country,’” he said.
I agree with Glaude, but it wasn’t just social scientists who were screaming that this was not about economic anxiety. Obscure bloggers (like this writer) whom nobody knows, were also documenting these events for posterity and shouting for all who would listen.
One doesn’t have to be an expert to realize that the supposed goodness of America, is afigment of their imigination. A veneer of lies designed to cover their shame.
The average white in America cares more about a dog than they care about their black countrymen, and thats a fact.
Follow any conversation on social media in which police murder an innocent African-American, and see for yourself, that whether we like to acknowledge it or not, most of these people are deplorable, and utterly irredeemable.