Everything is Black, White, and Grey
A few moments ago I read an article that would not have been at all startling to me five years ago. It was entitled "Report shows 'huge' racial disparities", and it relayed how much worse off Black residents in Louisiana's Terrebone, Assumption, Lafourche parishes [really] are when compared with their white counterparts.
In every category from: schooling, to longevity of life, and income--black residents fell short of the numbers registered by whites.This, to me, was not surprising; as I've looked into socioeconomic differences as they relate to race for quite some time. Firsthand, I notice that with less opportunity comes more crime.To argue that opportunities for progress and prosperity are the same for both races can be construed as true, but only on a conditional basis. Conditions being: the current family situation, the current set of peers, and the past examples set (or lack there of).
One comment quoted in the article that I think is worth repeating is that "education and poverty go hand in hand". It's no secret that the Southern U.S. bears with it a certain connotation of idiocy. I take nothing away from its scenic properties; as it is a beautiful place to visit and vacation, however the midset of the people is what drives me away.
I briefly saw the comments contributed by readers that appeared at the end of the article...and the majority were "if those people want a better life", or "oh not the race card again" types. And I had to ask myself aloud--if race ISN'T the difference--what really is? Why do people continue to act is if there is no problem? I have raised this same query for years on end: when (and why) does turning a blind eye make it ok, or non-existent? Is it when you think it doesn't directly affect you?
That is very much the contrary, as: we are all one. We ALL began from one theoretical Adam and one hypothetical Eve originating in Africa. As we trekked and settled across the world, our features evolved as an adaptation to our environment; a key to our survival. It's devastating to see that we have come so far as human beings, and yet are still so stone-age in our thinking.
The same people who are saying race doesn't matter are the same ones I call into questionable moral standing. Why? Because everything in America is hinged on race. The very acquisition of the land was based on a group believing and asserting their superiority over another. Cheating their own distant cousins, in a sense. And still (to this day) being unapologetic for it. It's unacceptable. It's unbelievable, but it is so commonplace. Most of the people who come across this hub won't read its entirety--because this is an uncomfortable confrontation.
The fact that "most Louisiana residents live to be about 75, black Lafourche residents have a life expectancy of 70 years and whites expect to reach 77" should make one disconcerted. Based on the simple principle that an entire group of human beings won't be around to enjoy life as long as you may. People should wonder why "more than 42 percent of black adults in Lafourche and Assumption have not completed high school" instead of assuming they just don't have the discipline to complete school.
A popular response is that the black residents should 'do something for themselves instead of depending on government assistance'...but what about the community? Neighbors and teachers? Are they exempt from trying to help in anyway they can? I thought it takes a village to raise a child. And we all know you can't build a sandcastle when your neighbors flood your sand, or, continuously kick the foundation from under it. So, instead of being critical what is so hard about being helpful in its place? Maybe I've answered my own question and have to realize now that race relations aren't the issue. They're merely a topic. The issue is self.
Do something about it.