History has taught us a great many things. From business to politics, to science, to education. Man has often, but also not often, learnt from his mistakes. He has adapted to the situations which came about as a result of movement, trade, and labour. This is how societies are formed
What I am going to talk about today is a part of the history of American society. A nation divided on the boundaries of race, the USA rose to prominence on the back of free labour, namely slave labour. Slaves were brought from overseas, mainly from Africa, to work on the burgeoning plantations, and to keep the plantation owners rich by way of enforced oppression, brutality, and a stranglehold on free will and movement.
The situation I have outlined is in the distant past. Times have changed. The law, the ideals of many, the education system, along with many more changes to society. Multiculturalism has also transformed society.
Most ‘western societies are based on a multicultural environment. The idea that some groups ‘don’t belong’ is something which is often trumpeted, on TV, in the law, and by some parts of the society. The meaning of ‘don’t belong’ refers to the fact that certain sections should not be in the country, or have no right to be there ( regardless of legal status). At the top of this list is the African American. It has long been said that they should ‘go back to where they came from’, ‘back to the jungle’, and back to being ‘apes’ (the last being quite remarkable, seeing as we all are the result of ‘apes’. I don’t subscribe to the Adam & Eve theory).
If we look at this in context. The majority of slaves were imported from Africa and the Caribbean. We know the story of their lives in America. Then we arrive at the abolition era. After this was achieved, the idea was that everyone had rights. Different rights, but rights all the same. Even though the legal status of the African American was ‘free’, the majority of white society still saw them as slaves, inferior, etc…, which gave rise to the ‘we don’t want them here’ rhetoric.
As successive generations are born and thrive, they become just as much a part of the country as the people who ‘brought’ their ancestors there. So the very idea of ‘repatriation’ is so ludicrous that it beggars belief. Go back to where?, and why? You brought us here, and now that you can no longer exploit us, you want to get rid of us. What did you expect? Did you think that slavery was going to go on forever? Did you give any thought to the fact that once in a place, any race of people adapt to the place and eventually call it home. That’s what you did! You are not from there either!
There are many nations whose descendants have lived in America for several generations. What about Italians, Jews, Chinese, Irish, Russians, Germans, Japanese? All of these nationalities play a prominent role in today’s America.
The only Americans who should be allowed to tell people to get out are the Native Americans, who were ravaged by the greed and arrogance of the ‘uninvited’ European settlers.
The video below demonstrates the feelings of many whites in this day and age.
My point in this article is not about racism, but about the sentiments expressed by the ‘gentleman’ (if that is the right term) in the video.
Today’s African American identify themselves with the only country they know, and have existed in for more than a century. They are part of the fabric, the culture, the society. They have even had a president, an Attorney General, The Head of The joint Chiefs of Staff, and Secretary of State, if that doesn’t say it all!!
So if they ‘go back to Africa’ what do they do? There is no family there, there is no connection, only through ancestors who led completely different existences in a completely different era.
I believe that the Europeans who were ‘invaders’ should also have a reality check and think about going back to where they come from.
That would silence the people who want rid of the ‘unwelcome’ ‘undesirable’ ‘inferior’ people. (Check out the map on the right which details not only North, but also South Americas invaders, and their origins).
Australia. Keep the light on. You are next!!!