A person going by [email protected] tweeted me the following: “Mychal, why is color your problem and why do you spell colour incorrectly?” There is no doubt in my mind whatsoever the insidious point this “person” was, in his own condescending way, attempting to make.
My response to this “person” was, “It’s not my problem; it’s my concern.”
What the 140-character limit didn’t allow was for me to expound pursuant to my retort. I don’t have a “problem” with color; I have a “problem” with stunads and ignorance. People who foment discord based on color are a “concern” to me because they are threats to the cohesiveness of my nation.
Not even the most virulent strain of impetigo could threaten the well-being of my nation as the issue of color does. Skin color is a bludgeon that drives the wedge of division between us as a people. It has become the accepted and go-to reason for lack of personal responsibility and blame for slights real or perceived. I don’t view “color [as my] problem,” but I see it as my responsibility to speak out about it.
Prejudice and racism are wrong regardless of who perpetuates them. It concerns me that blacks and their pernicious votaries use color as a Sword of Damocles to bully and subjugate Americans in general and white conservatives specifically into a near permanent state of paralysis when it comes to confronting the fallacious charges of racism ad nauseum levied against those with whom they disagree.
I have a concern that the fear of fallacious accusations, e.g., racism, silences and prohibits cogent debate. I’m concerned when I hear 12-year-old children tell me that they “deserve special treatment” because of the color of their skin.
I’m concerned about color because the attention it’s accorded allows and encourages aberrant anti-social behavior. I’m concerned about color because the preponderance of attention given to it has created not only generational victimology, but it has also created a class of people who can be unjustly condemned as unfair and racist at the slightest provocation.
I’m concerned about color because the predatory focus on it has led to a zeitgeist of fear and a self-imposed quasi-apartheid, which is enforced and embraced by some and succumbed to by others.
I’m concerned about color because of what the concentration on same has done to my country. America, my country, the land I love, has provided me with everything available to anyone willing to seize the opportunities she provides. America has provided for immigrants from around the world to come here and enjoy the life they dared not even dream about in their domiciles of origin. But because of a predatory focus on color those who claim to have been here 400 years are the most disaffected.
No, color isn’t my “problem.” It isn’t my “problem” because I’m not a color – I’m an American. I’m concerned that the success that is available to all regardless of color has been reduced to an inculcated mindset that believes success is only available to white males, white people with money, or those who sell out. I’m concerned about color because I see what focusing on it is doing to young people. I see clearly how color is used to bring about guilt and self-induced apartheid.
I’m concerned because the country where I grew up and that I love is being destroyed by necrophagous ghouls who feed upon vacant minds of the unlearned. I’m concerned because I’m seeing color being used as a rationale for malevolent behavior of those who bow before the throne of the one who claimed to be a uniter, but who has instituted the most color-centric administration, vis-à-vis his Justice Department, since Woodrow Wilson.
I’m concerned because color has been used as a bludgeon to silence reasonable objections, which has allowed and provided for the abandonment of constitutional protocol and good government.
I am concerned, and I must speak out because many others who also love America are afraid to. My concern won’t be diminished after the chief architect of a fractured America has been either impeached or limps to the end of his term – because a constitutional government demands the framework he has laid in place be dismantled and removed, and I am certain that if that is done there will be race-based recriminations and protests such as we have never seen.
As for my spelling of the word color as opposed to “colour” … I’m an American. Why wouldn’t I use the American English rendering of same?