If racism were as rampant as Democrat politicians, school districts, and leftist cultural icons are telling everyone it is, then doesn’t that make the millions of significant accomplishments by black Americans just that much more impressive.
If all of our systems are built specifically to hold back black people, and white supremacists are running wild, populating companies and institutions across the country, does that mean the tales of successful black Americans are extraordinary and worth telling. Doesn’t that make those people heroes to be emulated?
Barack Obama was elected President not once, but twice. Oprah Winfrey has held an iron grip on women’s entertainment in this country for decades. Posters of LeBron James, Michael Jordan, Tiger Woods, and Derek Jeter adorn the walls of suburban and college white males all across the country.
Clarence Thomas and one of our longest serving Supreme Court judges after going through what he referred to as a “high-tech lynching” (by none other than Senator Joe Biden) that ushered in the era of trying to destroy potential Supreme Court nominees. His tale of growing up black in this country is inspirational.
Maya Angelou is a successful black poet. Think about that. A successful poet. There’s no such thing as a successful, well-known poet, much less a black one. But there you have Maya Angelou.
And think about all of the black people you see in your every day travels: piloting planes, helping you at the bank, performing life-saving surgery, driving trucks, running businesses, and even figuring out how to get their own ID card. With all of the racism running rampant in this country, holding them back, they’re overcoming overwhelming odds and mile-high obstacles to accomplish these things.
In any normal, unencumbered, dare I say privileged life, these would still be amazing, noteworthy, and impressive accomplishments. But to do these things under the constant shadow of racism is impressive. It’s inspirational.
When I think of all the black children and young adults looking ahead to their future, I think these people should all be celebrated. They should serve to inspire those kids. Their very existence proves to everyone that it can be done. It’s possible. No matter what the obstacles, kids can do anything they want.
Even with all of this horrible, blatant racism, black people walk among us. They work. They live. They eat. They drive. They interact. They mingle. For an outsider looking in, you’d almost think they were integrated seamlessly into our society. (Of course, those of us who are aware of the constant, ongoing racism in the United States know better.)
Unfortunately, the message of the anti-racists of the day is that blacks can’t accomplish anything because of the institutional oppression that surrounds them. But with literally millions of examples, it seems like we could find a way to inspire black children with the amazing stories of the black people who made it. It seems like we could tell the story of an America that, even with so much overt racism, is still a land of opportunity to millions of black people. And with so much racism, imagine the feelings of pride and accomplishment these prominent black people experience.
It makes me wonder what this country would look like if black people weren’t constantly oppressed and held done. Just how successful could the black community be if there were but one path to any sort of success?