I find it quite ironic how being a Black American requires you to constantly cross over into whiteness while many white people have a problem with crossing over into Blackness. This is why so many white people only come to my community when there’s a game at the stadium or to attend a civil rights gathering every blue moon and then go back to their homes, churches, and schools in a different community. This is why so many whites who have lived in the Atlanta area for YEEEEEEARS still have never even heard of my community by name (the “AUC” or the Atlanta University Center). This is also why so few white people attend HBCUs, never heard of them (even the Black Ivy Leagues), or think that they are “only for Black people”... while we Black people are rewarded and honored for attending PWIs (especially white Ivy leagues). Also, consider how many white pastors you have seen serving as a senior pastor at a Black church vs. how many Black pastors you have seen at a white church. Whiteness doesn’t usually see itself in a context where it isn’t dominant... even when it calls itself “progressive”. It must have “a Black friend”... not be in a Black community or fully give room for Black culture to thrive... especially by means of financial support and resources. It may welcome a Black person among its ranks, but s/he must dare not be TOO Black as to make white people uncomfortable. It may even sanctimoniously say that “Black lives matter” while hardly financially supporting the institutions made by, sustained by, and that feed Black lives. It always has to dominate and everyone else must assimilate in order to be regarded as “well-educated”, “professional”, “normal”, “classically trained”, “truly American”, “a good Christian”, etc. I can’t count how many times I’ve seen my friends in the ministry accept part time salaries when their white counterparts receive full time salaries and then they are expected to be the source of all things Black for the congregation... an EXHAUSTING endeavor when you are the minority. When will we see that imperialistic Eurocentricity is xenophobia... and it is 👏🏿THE SEEDBED of the systemic racism of our country. However, to be a “good American” or a “good Christian”, I, a Black man, must act as though I do not see this reality... or at least not say it publicly. I’m so glad that Harriet Tubman, Frederick Douglas, Ida B. Wells-Barnett, James Baldwin, M.L.K., and Yeshua himself chose to speak truth to power... so for the sake of all the people who were killed merely because they looked like me, I chose to honor their lives and follow in their footsteps... because Black lives matter enough to not just write it on a sign or letter but to actually DO something about it.
Your Black Friend
By: Nicolas Pettye
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