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The Issue: What Racism Looks Like

Op/Ed By Wallace Mabary


Wallace Mabry

Wallace Mabry

White people like David R. Lyddon of Pittsford, NY, who wrote the following in a Letter To The Editor (Democrat & Chronicle, August 14, 2015), believe “Inequality persists because there are many (read black people) who have neither the desire nor the will to study and work in order to contribute to the success of our nation AND because government policies for decades have incentivized failure through welfare dependency.”

Racists like Lyddon either have no knowledge of what it is they are talking about, or are so “incentivized” by their own ignorance that they just run off with their mouths because they have mouths, and they have nothing more to do with them.

We, black people, have been working all of our lives. Our forefathers and women worked the American soil under the lash of slavery. Our black women nursed white children, cleaned white plantations, and washed the clothes of white people. And, in return for our labor, white people paid black people not one cent. We were rewarded by hangings, burnings, and the raping of our black women by white men.

The educational opportunities made available to black people were few and far between. When they were made available in the southern states, however, blacks took full advantage of them. There were greater opportunities for blacks in the north, and some of our greatest orators, educators, and writers were able to flourish and make their marks in history.

When Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation to free the black slaves in the southern states, he did so to disrupt the economy of the south, and, by so doing, to inveigle the south to join the union. He did not, as American history books report, sign it out of any love or regard for the lives of black people. The economy of the southern states had a heavy dependence on slavery, and, as President of the United States; Lincoln was encouraged to use the power and authority of his office to bring the southern states to their knees.

Subsequent to the Civil War, and during it, black people were hung from trees, tied to trees and burned, and slaughtered, if you will, by racist white men. That same white mentality continues in Mr. Lyddon’s “our nation” today.

The government, for Mr. Lyddon’s information, provides welfare to farmers and corporations to the tune of millions and billions of dollars yearly. Instead of calling it welfare, the government calls it subsidies.  Maybe Mr. Lyddon has another entitlement for it. What welfare doles out to poor black people, and poor white people, does not make high rollers out of them. The millions and billions of dollars doled out to farmers to let their fields go fallow, and to corporations to bolster their presence in the marketplace, on the other hand, has made their lives a great deal richer and more comfortable.

Mr. Lyddon advises in his editorial for those in poverty to look in the mirror for the answer to their dilemma. This writer advises Mr. Lyddon to look in his mirror and recognize what, exactly, a racist looks like.