Do We Still Have a Right to Blame “The Man”?

July 6, 2010  |  

A friend of mine once met a Rastafarian black man that claimed the earthquake in Haiti was a man-made conspiracy to ruin the country. Yes, that’s how hard some of us go to blame “the man.”

If we actually checked the numbers we’d know that some things are getting better as the number of African-Americans in prison declined by 18,400 between 2000 and 2008. Some may be shocked to know that there are actually MORE black men in college (919,000) than in jail (827,680). And get this! There are more African-Americans in positions of political and financial power than ever before.

It’s not that there aren’t ills created by the Anglo-Saxon men in this society to retard our race from growing– because there are.

It was only ten years ago when an unarmed Guinean man, Amadou Diallo, was hit with 19 bullets when trying to pull out his wallet to show four white police officers in the Bronx. His case and many other legitimate cases, protests and wars have been fought against the injustices of white powerful men.

Any form of injustice tinges our very core and challenges the concept that “all men are created equal.” But in a so-called post-racial society it’s sometimes murky as to what white society can be blamed for and what not.

The ultimate question is: is the white man to blame for disparities in the black community or do we perpetuate our own issues and point fingers?

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