(This Mission Statement is quoted from the Website, “TheBlackAndWhiteOfRacism.com”
which is associated with this blog.
“The current and traditional way of dealing with race relations and racism in America, has not, and is not working now. Surveys show that most American citizens today feel that race relation are getting worse not better. We feel that it is time to take a very different approach.
First we must stop stereotyping and cataloging individual citizens by a color associated by race. We must stop designating or dividing individual citizens in any manner what so ever. All American citizens are equal (See Topic 3). This point is made strongly in the book “The Black and White of Racism” by Waylon Allen.”
Topic 4 on this blog forum notes that current science indicates that there is no such thing as “race”. Scientifically, we are all of one species, Homo sapiens, and of one race, the Human Race. Here’s a link to that Topic: Is Race Real?
“Second, we must stop putting blame on innocent citizens for perceived past injustices. The book, “The Black and White of Racism”, points out that there were both “Black” and “White” slave owners, as well as both “Black” and “White” slaves in early America. It also notes that only 1% of the, so called, white citizens owned slaves at the time of the Civil War. When taking figures from the Southern States only, the number of slave owners was about 3%. For so called “Free Blacks” of that period, about 4% owned slaves. All this is documented and appropriately referenced in the book.
Third, it is important to note that Slavery was a “Black” thing as well as a “White” thing. Actually selling brother Africans was an industry in Africa during the slave trading years, with dominate tribes rounding up other unfortunate Africans like cattle and trading them on the shores of the continent. The book quotes an article by Sheldon M. Stern with the title “It’s Time to Face the Whole Truth about the Atlantic Slave Trade”. Mr. Stern’s credentials include ‘… taught African American history at the college level for a decade before becoming historian at the John F. Kennedy Library and Museum (1977–1999)—where he designed the museum’s first civil rights exhibit.’
‘Historians estimate that ten million of these abducted Africans never even made it to the slave ships. Most died on the march to the sea—still chained, yoked, and shackled by their African captors—before they ever laid eyes on a white slave trader. The survivors were either purchased by European slave dealers or instantly beheaded by the African traders in sight of the [slave ship] captain if they could not be sold.’
Mr. Stern, supports the contention and purpose of our mission:
‘Failure to educate young Americans about the whole story of Atlantic slave trade threatens to divide our nation and undermine our civic unity and belief in the historical legitimacy of our democratic institutions. Education in a democracy cannot promote half-truths about history without undermining the ideal of e pluribus unum—one from many—and substituting a divisive emphasis on many from one. The history of the slave trade proves that virtually everyone participated and profited—whites and blacks; Christians, Muslims, and Jews; Europeans, Africans, Americans, and Latin Americans. Once we recognize the shared historical responsibility for the Atlantic slave trade, we can turn our attention to “transforming the future” by eradicating its corrosive legacy.’
It is time for American citizens with African heritage to know and face the truth about their African heritage and appreciate the benefits they now enjoy as citizens of this nation. Rather than blame and accuse their fellow citizens for past grievances, it is time to appreciate what has been provided to them in helping them assimilate into the mainstream America culture. It is time to join together in mutual respect and appreciation for all we share today as individual citizens.
Forth, it is time to understand that what we call “Racism” is, in fact, “Ethnocentrism” and “Culturalism”, which is the “belief in the inherent superiority of one’s own ethnic group or culture”. While the majority of colonial Americans arrived as indentured servants, both so called “White” and “Black”, there was a clash of ethnicity and culture. Rather than feeling racial superiority, the European immigrants felt that they had an advanced culture that should dominate in the new country. For this reason the native people and the more primitive African people experienced a cultural clash rather than racism. For people with native “Indian” heritage, like the author of the book “The Black and White of Racism”, assimilation into the emerging “American Ethnicity and Culture” resulted in being a fully enfranchised American citizen. Now, most people with African heritage have made a similar assimilation and are enjoying the benefits of the modern “American Culture” based on individual freedom and individual ability to succeed. This is dealt with in depth in the book.
Now it is time to remove the false racial, ethnic, and skin color robes that divide us as citizens of the United States of America. It is time to stand together as individual citizens with no qualifications, each accepting that no other individual American citizen should be blamed, accused, or demeaned for our individual circumstance. We should all be thankful for being citizens, each with the challenge, opportunity and responsibility associated with being a citizen. The book, “The Black and White of Racism”, explains how being equal in America does not mean being absolutely the same, having the same opportunity, having the same financial well-being, having the same health, having the same intellect, having the same education, or having the same strength or physical ability. The book explains what “equality” in America actually is, and why it is available to all American citizens.
Our Mission then, is to promote a more factual, truthful, and realistic approach to “individual” rather than “racial” relations. We hope the book, “The Black and White of Racism”, and the blog, “DiscussRacism.com”, will contribute to this mission and help us bridge the divisions we have constructed and perpetuate within the American society today.” ***
*** This Mission Statement is quoted from the Website, “TheBlackAndWhiteOfRacism.com” which is associated with this blog forum.