The palpable anger of young blacks and millennials directed against violence leading to the death of allegedly unarmed young black males is justified. Yest, anger toward free speech and the resultant intolerance for opposing views is disturbing. Are we blacks being used by those with an agenda, one which is not our own, to undermine hard our fought rights while flailing unjustified wrongs.
It was intriguing to see pictured on the front of The New York Times, black Harvard graduates holding a separate ceremony apart from that of the general student body.
Some said they wanted to have the essence of a black experience in their education. Pray tell why didn't they chose a historically black college or university where such an educational experience is offered; and usually done so in a small safe setting?
In the state of Washington, black students tried to set up a day without whites. It disastrous and was a flagrant example of black racism. Ironically, one white professor who prided himself on being liberal and sympathetic to Black Lives Matter concerns was offended by his treatment. Why would higher education tolerate this?
In California's Claremont College, blacks have been declining to room with whites. What a take on my time at the University of North Carolina at Greenboro (UNCG) in the late 1960's, when black and white students were not assigned (as roommates) by university policy.
When my black roommate left, I refused to accommodate the university and move in with another black student. But, I did not deny the university the option of assigning me a white roommate. This gave me a single room in what should have been a double occupancy space — at no additional cost.
The Neo-Black Society was formed to prepare students for college success, see them graduate, while ensuring our culture was part of the curriculum, as well as simultaneously reach out to students in the community.
The fact that UNCG has the best graduation record of blacks and others and its student population is proportionate to the state's; with 24.5 percent black students — without quotas — says we got it right with the initial help of Chancellor James Ferguson in the 1960s.
As our status as minorities is undermined by any and everyone being granted such distinction in letting them cut in line, ahead of blacks, years of wrongs are being glossed over. Our "40 acres and a mule" or reparations remains a pipe dream that never was.
Democrats continually pimp the black population without requring something in return for their votes. The Republican slate seems wiped clean of its memory that it was the anti-slavery party which began the process of freeing slaves, stand for civil rights, and put down Jim Crowe laws and voter suppression.
So what's a black person to do? Grow up and appreciate that though the chains are no longer visible, our bondage still exists to a degree largely self-imposed.
Integration has cost us businesses, community integrity, supportive social structures, as well as so much inherent in our understanding of what it means to be black.
If we attempt to redistrict fairly, the likelihood increases that blacks will lose the representation they have in favor of Hispanics who are the largest and fastest growing minority population.
Reality is a hard pill to swallow when you haven't prepared yourself for a world in which skills and opportunities are not regarded as paramount for a functioning of society.
A black lady, above me, on an escalator we were riding said, "You have nice hair." It hit me again how wounded the black psyche is when people are still fixated on hair texture, skin color, lips, etc. Rewarding entertainers and sports figures, while more crucial needs are not met, or adequately addressed, by our own is sad. Blacks have a net worth of 1.5 trillion dollars which would place us in the top 20 — if we were a nation.
As Billy Holiday sang, "God bless the child that's got his own."
Dr. Ada M. Fisher was the first black woman to serve as the Republican National Committeewoman. She was a candidate for the U.S. Senate from North Carolina, a candidate for U.S. Congress, and a candidate for the North Carolina House of Representatives. She is the author of "Common Sense Conservative Prescriptions Solutions for What Ails Us, Book I." For more of her reports, Go Here Now.
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