Do you feel that highly affluent & educated Black Americans who cry racism are extremely
unappreciative regarding the opportunities that were presented to them at best or hypocrites who want to further inject negativity & victimology at the worst? Why?
Sometimes they remain resentful over the hurdles they had to overcome which they feel made their achievements more difficult than it had to be. They can never let go of all the painful slights they had to contend with. A rags to riches person never forgets the rags part.
In other instances I believe there are some who feel guilty about their success and they want to make sure their people know that they are on their side or empathize with them even though they themselves have become very successful. It's their way of staying connected.
Ideally it would be great if they instead (taught others) how to overcome the obstacles to reach the level they have been able to do.
Racism is a reality that is here to stay.
"Preaching to the choir" doesn't help anyone!
They should be saying: "If I can make it so can you!"
Note: The same things can be said about successful women who have broken through the glass ceiling but continue to complain about gender wage discrimination
Actress Jennifer Lawrence earned $46 Million while Dwayne (The Rock) Johnson made $65M
I think they're simply trying to use their positions to call attention to a societal injustice. You can be appreciative of opportunities you were given while still calling out that not everyone is given the same opportunity. The two aren't exclusive.
I think the problem I have with this question is that it equates experiencing racism with a person's level of education and affluence. People can experience racism regardless of their income or education. The idea that one is somehow insulated or protected from racism because they've reached a certain station in life is incorrect.
I think anyone who has experienced racism, and is willing to speak out against it, should do so. Perhaps seeing that those who we perceive as being insulated from racism speaking out against it, and sharing their own experiences, will help people see how widespread it is, and correct the assumption that racism only happens to those without education or means.
Hi Grace Marguerite! How's it going?
Your question as to "affluent & educated Black Americans" who "cry" --- emphasizing the word usage "cry" -- racism is a variation of an inquiry into "complaint" that is quite prominent, here on the Question and Answer board.
That is to say, there are questions about why black people "complain" about slavery, when it happened "so long ago," and so forth.
Your question indicates that you see a contradiction between the success of certain black Americans and their propensity to "cry" about racism.
But "crying" and "complaining" are the very first step, the essence of political speech, when you think about it.
Consider this: the American Revolution of 1776-1783.
Before the American rebels took action against Britain, don't you imagine that the colonials "cried" and "complained" together about how London was treating them?
Don't you imagine that they "cried" and "complained" together in the taverns? Don't you imagine that they "cried" and "complained" together in the pool halls and beer taverns? Don't you imagine that they "cried" and "complained" together in their churches? Don't you imagine they "cried" and "complained" together, first, in their homes, around their dining room tables and on their front porches?
Don't you imagined that they got together in groups of two and three and four and five and six and more, to "cry" and "complain" about the depredations London was subjecting them to, from their perspective (taxation without representation, quartering of troops, etc.)?
Don't you imagine that some of them might have been rich and successful? Would you, then, retroactively, take away the right and indeed duty, of rich American rebels to "cry" about the unfairness of it all, as a prelude to devising and executing a political and military plan of action?
My point, then, is simply this: "Crying" and "complaining" is the essence of at least the first stage of political discussion, the process of articulation of grievances, an ongoing, shifting analysis of the contemporary situation; and sometimes historical perspective is useful (hence, the tendency of some black Americans to "complain" about slavery).
"Negativity" and "Victimology"? Who among us would want to get in a time machine, travel back to the late-eighteenth-century, and tell Thomas Jefferson, George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, Samuel Adams, Thomas Paine, and others to stop whining?
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