I have gotten into several heated discussions on facebook with whites and blacks when I talk about doing things that advance the cause and concern of the black youth. One person remarked, “If we separate ourselves into small camps of blacks only dedicated to working for ourselves, what is the difference between that and what has been done to us?” The question is not one that is new to me. As a publisher of a paper dedicated to bringing information, opportunity and healthy choices to the black reader in Columbia, I have had to answer this question many times. I have come to the conclusion that the ones that are concerned that we as a people will somehow do better for ourselves and take away from another segment of our city, don’t matter to me. They are the some group who could care less that unemployment, murder, crime and wages are worse in our village than all others. This group has blacks as well as whites in it. They are to me like ghosts. They can’t hurt you unless you react to them and consequently hurt yourself. On the other hand those that matter to the struggle give little care to the fact that there might be a little group working for the advancement of a few black people. In most cases they are conscious of the disparities and are willing to help correct the dearth. It becomes terribly uncomfortable when people who have never experienced the negative side of racism insert themselves into the fray by calling "foul" when we as black people stand up and claim our rightful place in this nation where all men are supposedly created equal. Black Lives Matter has ignited countless push back organizations such as Blue Lives Matter, All lives matter, white lives matter and others. It's as if when one asks that you take your foot off his neck because your life is precious to you and your family, the one with his foot keeping you down wants to remind you that his family is important too. Like me standing upright actually offends someone else.
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