Hello brothers and sisters I'm kinda new here, and have been reading many threads on the site. My question is.....Is everything black or white??? In reading threads based on many subjects, from today to several years back, I've noticed a recurrence of the fact that no matter what the subject, it always comes down to being the white man or 'oppressors' fault. I've had this discussion many times in the last several years with many intelligent black folk and I've gotten many different points of view. However I still remain puzzled on why "everything" bad in the black community is the white mans fault......in fact to be honest, I was really hesitant to ask this question because it doesn't seem very popular to think otherwise here on Destee. Yes, I know for sure that there are many atrocities that have been and still are committed against black people in this country, but can we blame it all on the white man? Also, if it is the white mans fault, what are we doing about it? From what I've seen in my ?? years living in America is much ignorance and racism, and unfortunately (not as much as whites) allot of that coming out of the black community. Most black people in America believe in Martin or Malcolm, and after Malcolm's journey to Mecca even he changed many of his extreme views and rejected the racist rhetoric of Elijah Muhammad. As for Martin, he stressed that we should 'judge a man by the content of his character, not the color of his skin.' We live here in America, not only amongst white people, but people of every race, creed, and color, most of whom has suffered great atrocities in their ancestral history also, but who fought tooth and nail against the system which oppressed them and in many ways won. I fight against the system regularly for my black people but so often feel stupid afterward, because my people won't ever stand with me, or stand up for themselves, they just turn on me and each other. In fact most of the trials in my life have been at the hand of my black people, and the excuse is always the white man. There has been about 150yrs since slavery yet many of our people still refuse to stop with the excuses, ignorance, and the misplaced anger....in my opinion, looking back at this country right now, after all the suffering, dying, and fighting, our ancestors have got to be spinning in their graves. When do we stop the nonsense, take responsibility, and stop making excuses? When do we honor those African ancestors by making a truly positive mark on this world, and becoming the people that our offspring can truly be proud of 150yrs from now? Could it be that its not the 'white man' that is holding us back, but maybe the 'black man'? (black people) Just curious......Alright you can whoop my butt now!