It is a rigged game hosted and enacted by a cruel charade of a social construct; an unjustly enriched majority whose economic resources continues to subsidize the marginalization, police brutality/murder, and racial inequalities of America, as well as abroad.
You don’t get to choose if you want to play this game or not, you are playing it, whether you are corporate, politic, scholarly, artistic or just destitute. And in no small way does the apparent disadvantage present itself as you take your turns in the form of a roll of the proverbial dice, prompting you to take the calculated risk for incurring an expense, or even at the expense, usually accompanied by interest-laden debt as you traverse through a precarious plight mapped out on this societal board game seeking fulfillment.
But American democracy says you can amend or change aspects of the rules of the game, through policy-making and representation. Hillary Clinton interjected this sort of reasoning professorially when she was confronted by the Black Lives Matter activists recently.
The New York Times take on the episode painted a more regrettable and inciting picture, describing Mrs. Clinton as “animated, serious, and forceful, jabbing her finger at at Mr. Jones”. Most politicians especially lawyers speak with their hands. And rappers do too. Julius Jones respectfully albeit, candidly requested the acknowledgement and the dialogue, I did not see him demand it. And kudos to this young black man for having the courage to put forward the topic of race through the Black Lives Matter campaign.
I found Mrs. Clinton’s response rather revealing though in the second clip. The game within the game is politics and she made that clear when she mentioned it in a rash authoritative tone.
“Once you say that this country has still not recovered from its original sin, which is true, the next question by people who are on the sidelines, which is the vast majority of Americans, is ‘So, what do you want me to do about it?’” she said. “I’m trying to put together in a way that I can explain it and I can sell it, because in politics if you can’t explain it and you can’t sell it, it stays on the shelf.”
Black lives is still an afterthought, even leading up to an election. At the forethought is to just win the darn thing. I don’t know how marketable this package will be as it has been a hard sell and its been on the shelf for decades upon decades. This is all about perception. Clinton’s scolding of the Black Lives Activists may placate enough liberal whites and democrats to want to back Clinton into the oval office in 2016. However, I’m not sure it’s enough to overshadow her email server controversy which has widened with an ongoing investigation in recent weeks.
In the second clip by GOOD it became quite clear that Hillary’s irritation grew. I get the sense that people of color in general are just plain irritating to everyone else when we are not relegated to playing more appeasing stereotypical roles in American society. While I personally do not care to change the hearts of white Americans on the topic of race, I am inclined to call out the rationale of such a deviant, and contradicting thought processes that are more or less followed by abberant behaviors that often borders on the side of criminal.
I half-heartedly agree with Mrs Clinton’s statements on the issue of changing hearts, and contextually there is enough truth coming straight from a source within that white rationale.
Look, I don’t believe you change hearts. I believe you change laws, you change allocation of resources, you change the way systems operate. You’re not gonna change every heart. You’re not. But at the end of the day we can do a whole lot to change some hearts and change some systems and create more opportunities for people who deserve to have them to live up to their own God-given potential … You can keep the movement going, which you have started, and through it you may actually change some hearts. But if that’s all that happens, we’ll be back here in ten years having the same conversation.
Those who have that change of heart still operate under a game that places them at an advantage that imbues an institutional disadvantage on people of color. Will they want to change the rules of the game to achieve full equality or will they just want to change it just enough that they remain solidly ahead socioeconomically. History has already repeated itself and the life of Martin Luther King and Malcolm X amongst many others have been sacrificed for some change, most recently the 9 shot dead in the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina.
As a group the Black Lives Matter appears destined for breaking the hearts of blacks in the way of many other civil rights groups have gone. What the the Critical Race Theory proposes is seen as an existential threat to white privilege and white superiority. It’s a world unimagined by all.
So what good does an activist movement like Black Lives Matter have without a saleable plan of action, a set of initiatives, institutional changes and laws that discourage racial bias, if many whites will only purport to perceiving this as radical.
A hard truth in deed, that is hard to swallow, just to change a few hearts, for a little bit of change.