Sick and Tired by Shihan.
Does that put it into perspective for you?
Seriously. I always have to try to put this into perspective for people. People act like slavery was so distant. My mom is older in relation to my age (she had me at 43), and her father was older when she was born (in his early 50’s) and was born in the late 1800’s. One of his PARENTS was born into slavery. For people like my mom, this isn’t the least bit distant. My mom grew up in the Jim Crow south. History is so depersonalized that people can act like slavery, Jim Crow, and blatantly racist institutions existed in 1800 BC
I have an aunt who died in 02 who was born in 1898.
I’d LOVE for someone to have told her that slavery was “long ago”.
My mother was born in 1956.. My grandmother in 1937.. My great grandparents in 1919… My great great granddad in the 1890’s and his parents who were born just shy of slavery…. All of these people were alive when my mother was younger… And my great great granddad died when I was 4! So please tell me how long ago slavery was again??
My grand mother was a sharecropper’s daughter….Who do you think her parents were the children of?
My great grandmother was a sharecropper. She told me before she passed away (at 92.. long life!) that they used to pick cotton and farm.
And I love it when folks try to act like Jim Crow was in Ancient Rome an’ shit. There are plenty of people just a few years older than me who experienced that shit!
also had a family member who died in 01, born in 1898
her mama woulda been friends with ex-slaves
she coulda spoken to ex-slaves as a youngin
My father’s grandmother was a freed slave. She died before I was born (as did his mother, as far as I know/knew), but yeah. There’s only two generations between me and enslavement.
I was born in 1988, to put that in perspective.
2 of my great grandparents were born into slavery. My grandparents (born in 1917 & 1924) lived through Jim Crow. My parent’s generation? Born during Jim Crow. My mother was 19 when she had me in 1976. We are a long lived people with deep roots in America, and I grew up with this history as a fact of life.
i think the problem is that white youth aren’t told that their grandparents grandparents were slave masters. or that their grandparents lived through jim crow or their parents through segregation or bussing. it just seems so distant because once it was illegal they just swept i under the rug. but it comes out, you can see that influence in our laws, our schools systems, our employment relations. its there. if my father remembers drinking out of a different water fountain, so does yours. ask them about that shit.
Homophobia is like racism and anti-Semitism and other forms of bigotry in that it seeks to dehumanize a large group of people, to deny their humanity, their dignity and personhood.