The racial narrative in America is primarily focused on the alleged victimhood of people considered to be “Black”. This point of view requires that “White” people be demonized and blamed for the circumstance of all seemingly disadvantaged “Black” people.
When my granddaughter, who is Irish/Italian heritage and very light skinned, told me she “does not like white people”, I was concerned and confused.
In trying to determine how to respond to her, I, for the first time in my life, began to read and research into the history of race and race relations in America.
I was surprised, and in many ways shocked, at what I found. I found that I was very misinformed and ignorant of the actual facts regarding the issue of race in America.
I had realized that the issue of slavery and racism had overshadowed the goodness and achievements of “White” people in America and had spawned a high level of blame, resentment and animosity from “Black” people toward “White” people.
I had not realized, however, that much of what I had been lead to believe was false half-truths and misinformation. This distortion of fact and history has cause racial antagonism so profound that even the founders of America liberty are vilified and demeaned for being “White” oppressors of “Black” people.
Learning the truth about matters associated with race in America influenced me to begin a letter to my Granddaughter to explain why she should actually “like white people” and be proud to be an American.
In having to defend “White” people, I came to an expanded appreciation of what “White” people have contributed to humankind and how much they have done to benefit “Black” people. I began to wonder why the educational institutions and public media have not presented the factual truth regarding these matters.
The letter to my granddaughter began to expand into several pages and eventually a large document. Early on in the writing, I had realized that I was also writing to my fellow citizens. I came to feel that all Americans should be made aware of the real truth behind the racial myths and misconceptions being disseminated throughout American society.
My feeling was, and is, that if the real truth is known we could begin to heal the racial divide that exists today in our nation. In fact, I realized, in my reading and research, that failing to heal the divide would be extremely detrimental to America and lead to increasingly serious racial and social conflicts.
For this reason, I decided to publish the document as a book The Black and White of Racism. I also decided to establish this website, DiscussRacism.com, to further develop articles to accompany the book and further challenge the racial blame and shame game that is destroying the unity of our nation.
Information about the book is available at TheBlackAndWhiteofRacism.com.
Written by Waylon Allen,
November 5, 2017