Dear Black Americans,
As a suburban, lower middle class white person, I feel it’s my duty – nay, my manifest destiny – to point this out. Let me start by saying I am not a racist (I know how you people are about stereotyping white people). Instead, I’m a free thinker with no experience as a person of color, so it makes sense that I’m addressing this topic and am clearly not being offensive.
Here’s what I don’t understand about “the black lives matter” movement (Note: this is my new argument. You may have heard my “All Lives Matter” argument but you decimated me in the Facebook comments, so this is my new approach): can’t you just pull yourself out of the crime of your community? Can’t you just try a little harder to pull your own self out of systematic racism? I mean, you can get a ton of people together to march, and you spread a message that essentially says “Hi, I’m a human being. Please treat me as such. Stop killing, or trying to kill, me.” so I’m confused as to why this same process cannot be applied to pulling yourself out of the system I’ve created and perpetuated to trap you.
I mean come on. How long are you going to try and make this our problem? Look, I know racism used to be a thing in this country, but a little law called The Civil Rights Act of 1964 made racism illegal (I know my history – trust me. That’s why I can’t be fooled into thinking there’s anything wrong or un-American about the confederate flag). In case you can’t do math, that was FIFTY-TWO years ago. MOVE ON! I don’t know a single person that’s currently fifty-two years or older, so I think it’s safe to say racism has completely died. It’s not our problem anymore. Change must start from the root of the problem, which is obviously the group of people that have been owned, shot down, and relegated to the poorest of communities. And you’ve clearly chosen this for yourself.
So do me a favor and just try. I try all the time and I’m usually successful. Trump came from a million dollars and actually tried and look where he is now! As our Lord and Savior, the same Mr. Trump, said recently, “What the hell do you have to lose?” Just a thought… 🙂