After she did a post, on whites adopting black kids and the importance of black culture, I wrote this on Ann's blog. I'm putting it here, slightly re-edited, because everyone needs to know it:
I don't know how many whites would explain police abuse happening to their child unless they delved into issues like racism or racial bias. Or how that child would learn to endure it, without he or she having some input from other blacks.
How anyone thinks most black children in America can survive without black culture - an understanding of it, including both it's strengths and weaknesses - is beyond me.
Two last things:
Two last things:
1) Black descendants of slaves are, as far as I know, the only people on Earth with no direct line anywhere but to slavery. We are, at best, from West Africa - a quarter of a continent, not even a country. That leaves us as both deprived and unique.
So if you think it's the same as having a family from Italy, Germany, Ireland or whatever, you're mistaken. People from those places don't feel bad, when others "return to their country of origin," because they don't have one. As kids, they don't feel weird when everyone's running around screaming, "Kiss me, I'm Irish!" or celebrating Christopher Columbus, when nobody ever celebrates anybody or anything from Africa. I could go on, but the reverberations from slavery are many, and they are profound, and to think simply having a loving family (of any color or culture) can fill in the void it leaves in black lives is an ignorance of astounding magnitude. A lot of whites speak without knowledge, when it comes to the importance of black culture to black lives, and any black kid raised hearing and believing what they say is certainly destined to be damaged.
2) George Carlin told you:
“You take 5 white guys and you take 5 black guys and put em together for a week and what you won't have is 5 blacks guys talking like, 'Golly gee, we really won that big basketball game' but you will have 5 white guys talking like 'Yo slick, whuzzup...we be shootin hoops and mad playin, slammed those mofos”
And that, my friends, shows you both the importance and strength of black culture.
To deprive any black child of that proud and commanding sense of identity is a crime.
I'm sorry for your (obvious and many) racial resentments, honestly, but that's the truth,...