Surveying all the available evidence—at least as it’s framed through a Google search of the past week’s American media—a discerning Martian would reach two sobering and inescapable conclusions:Indeed. At what point is the past... past? Many whites seem to enjoy flogging ourselves and our fellow whites constantly even though no racism of today can compare to the slavery of the 1800's or even the segregationist environment 60+ years ago.
1) Being white sucks because white people suck.
2) Being black sucks because white people suck.
One might also rightly develop the sense that white people should hate themselves and be forced to live a bleak existence of constant apology and retreat. One might also conclude that black people have every right to bleed resentment from every pore until this dangerously unquantifiable, highly emotional, and uniquely human notion of “justice” is achieved.
Since you are a highly rational Martian, you would also be led to the inexorable conclusion that the current situation, whether by accident or design, cannot possibly lead to racial harmony. Instead, it almost seems purposely engineered to result in escalating levels of conflict.
Any sane Martian would conclude it’s better to stay on the red planet and let those silly black-and-white earthlings sort this one out for themselves.
Few whites or blacks can honestly remember or were involved in that past. None in the slavery past. Yet none of it will ever seem to actually pass into the past.
Yes I get the idea if we forget history we are doomed to repeat it. It also seems that an obsessive fixation on history is causing repetition as well, just the other way around. The conversation never moves forward, it just zig-zags from side to side. And it's getting old. White people and black people seem to forget the important word in those two descriptions: people. We are all just that, people. We are flawed, beautiful, mistake prone, diverse, wonderful, stupid people.
Getting past this inane, unimportant color attribute is proving to be harder than it should be and I don't get why anymore. Blacks, get over yourselves. Whites, get over yourselves. Fewer and fewer of you really know what racism really is. Most of you are just trying to be cool or with-it or part of the in-crowd.
Knock it off.