Why is America still a Racist Nation? Acting without sensibility in issues regarding race and discrimination happens to be one of America's strong points. The progress that our President Obama would commend America for in dealing with race or specifically dealing with Africans in America is not a progress born from the laboring minds of White Americans, but the laboring bodies of many of our Ancestors as well as many of us that still demand equal rights and justice that are part of the basic tenets of human life. If we were to evaluate America's racial progress on a fair scale, we would have to retrieve America's first recorded data on racial injustices and compare them side by side with present day. This would could not be done scientifically, and therefore would be inaccurate. Such data would always be biased, seeing that the ones recording the information had something to gain by it's storage. The racial history of America is far worse than what has been recorded in books. A more accurate way to measure America's racial progress- would be through a careful study of current day phenomenons in dealing with race on a larger scale instead of isolating individual Blacks here and there as signs of racial progress. Because ultimately all progress is defined by the evolving of the many and not the few. If racism still exists, no progress has been made. If the room is still dirty and filthy, despite your attempt to clean it up- it is still a dirty room regardless of your effort. To call the room clean is an illusion of progress. At this point someone in the room raises their hand to speak, pulls out a neatly folded piece a paper from their pocket and gives a familiar speech about the opportunities Africans in America have today compared to yesterday. The lynchings of yesterday compared to today. And the final note of it all- is to declare as loudly as possible how much progress Africans in America have made, and how grateful we should be that we have it so much better than generations before us. Now before I am given a chance to rebuttal this idea- someone else will speak out of turn spewing lyrics about the White Man's system of White Supremacy- and naming this as the single most viable source of African oppression around the world. It is because of this that no progress has been made- and no progress will ever be made until Whites get exactly what is coming to them. While both points are powerful- and I say that because I've argued them all, they are only perspectives that we've conditioned and trained ourselves into- in order either try to understand or deal with the overall pictures. For example, one can believe Blacks are making progress- and continue to blind themselves away from true injustices going on right in their own communities. Or we can take the stance to consume all knowledge and information about White Supremacy, without realizing that Black Ignorance is perhaps just as powerful- and to be all knowledgeable about everything White and Supreme- would still allow one to be ignorant to matters that are easily affected and changed that are far outside the reach of so-called White power. In a sense, both are excuses that we can use to sit around and do nothing. I can say, Blacks are making progress. I'm done fighting. Or I can say- White Supremacy is the cause of my oppression- why fight? While this attitude is not true for everyone and should not be used to generalize everyone that subscribes to such attitudes- it is mentioned here on purpose as a way to help us identify with a possible reason Racism in America still prevails and Blacks overall are still oppressed. During a murder trial, an Attorney called a Blind Man to the stand to testify. The Lawyer asked the Blind Man - “while sitting in your living room, from your window, were you able to see the murder taking place?” The Blind Man paused for a few seconds and then said “ Sir, I am Blind.” The Lawyer said “Yes, everyone in this court room can see that you are Blind, I know you are Blind- I will ask you again- while sitting in your living room, from your window, were you able to see the murder taking place?” Finally the Blind Man said- “No, I did not see the murder taking place- but” The Lawyer interrupted him- “No more questions your Honor- we've heard enough.” The Blind Man was the only witness there to testify against his neighbor accused of killing his Wife. The neighbor went free that day, after everyone in court- Judge included joked and laughed about a Blind Man witnessing a murder from across the street. About a year later that same neighbor was arrested for the murder of a 2nd Woman, during that trial he admitted to the murder of his former Wife. Had the Blind Man been allowed to testify properly- he would've said that every night for the past 5 years since he had been living across the street from the neighbor and his Wife, they would argue when the Husband came home from work. He could hear them from the window in his living room. He could also hear the Husband beating her. One night all the arguing and beatings stopped, and that was after the Wife let out a loud scream. What does all of this have to do with race relations in America? Allot actually. Focus in on the relationship between the Blind Man on the stand and the Lawyer. Many of us will call “racism” itself a mental illness. But is stupidity also such an illness? In this case here, stupidity is performed by both parties, the Lawyer as well as the Blind Man- the 3rd but invisible member in the story would be the Judge. Also stupid. Would a Blind Man come to court to testify that he saw a murder happen from across the street? The smart answer? Of course not. So how did this idea become the theme of the court room that day? The smart answer? Because people “stupidly” follow behind those that appear and sound intelligent and are in intelligent positions of authority and power. The Blind Man was stupid for following the directive of the Lawyer. That part may sound harsh at first, but I'll explain it further as I tie this story closer to issues of race relations in America. The silencing of racism does not mean racism has gone away. Banning a word- does not means the intent behind the word is erased. It is not intelligent and sensible to believe such. It is stupid. Funny how we'd call each other Ngas out of love, and not what we really are when it comes down to race. The S-word is powerful too. A racist is a stupid person, and we are equally stupid when we believe what the racist is saying. My point here is that the race relations in America has not made progress because we too- like the people in that court room and the Judge follow stupidly behind those that appear and sound intelligent, yet are actually stupid. The Blind Man was stupid for following the directive of the Lawyer instead of saying - “what kind of stupid question was that? I'm here to testify about what I heard, what idiot would assume I was hear to testify about what I saw?” Too often we also follow the directive of stupid people, we fail to challenge their intellect- which Blacks are not at all known to do especially when dealing with authorities and Whites in power. That in itself is a sign that we have experience no major progress. In the backdrop, right here in America- we know this from reading different forums, websites, rants and raves- that Whites are just as racist today by carefully examining their bantering, words and philosophies about Blacks- as they were yesterday. Such attitudes continue to be nurtured if they remain unchallenged. Time and time again so much is said by Whites in the media and in power that is only the purest of stupidity. Even their ideology behind White Supremacy is stupid- it's an oxymoron- nothing that has ever been White has ever been supreme, at no time and in no place. Yet if we continue to commission such thoughts, and plan to engage Whites on the framework of such beliefs- then we are acting stupidly also. If a child wants to believe the moon is made out of cheese, what is the point of a debate? What we must realize about progress is that one never progresses by waiting for certain actions to be committed by someone else based upon their ability to perceive whatever it is we are trying to show them. Even an Adult will believe the Moon is made out of cheese if they are not interested in scientific data. Thus progress is based on an interest. Humans are creatures of habit as well as evolution. No one wants to devolve or retard. The fact is a majority of Whites believe that Africans in America have corrupted and are corrupting their state of evolution. And so even Racism- is taught to them as way to seal their futures in power. If Whites are having a relationship with Racism as a source of destiny, then no process has been made. It is unfortunate however that many Blacks believe the same. We also believe that Africans in America have corrupted and are corrupting our state of evolution. One hand is washing the other, even though one hand is White and the other Black. I am not saying that Racism in America will be cured once Whites are forced to acknowledge that Racism is stupid and not intelligent. I am not saying that Racism in America will be cured once Blacks stop engaging with Whites- trying to be intelligent and defensive against ideologies and philosophies that are otherwise ill constructed. What I am saying is- the reiteration of common sense has gone unused towards racial progress. Instead we allow Whites to speak over our moral instincts- to the point where we are even declaring ourselves as inferiors and incompetent people. We have formed our own understanding of the problem, but we have not been wiling to call the problem makers what they are. And that word is stupid- by definition. Just as the drunk are not allowed to drive, stupid people are not allowed to rule. This the law of nature. Just as the Lawyer framed the Blind Man into appearing stupid and silly for coming to court to testify about seeing something- just on the basis of being Blind, we as a race have been framed in the same way- as stupid and silly people just on the basis of being Black, darker, colored and non-White. Such tactics are used by people to declare themselves powerful in places where they are actually inferior. Stupid is as stupid does, but it begins as thoughts and attitudes long before the first beer bottle is thrown, or before the first beer summit is held. To sit around and do nothing else but complain about the problems in the world is also stupid. All winners are fighters. The love and compassion in our hearts should not corrupt the truth on our tongues. Why do some Blacks continue to apologize for being Black? That in itself is also- acting stupidly.