WASHINGTON, July 14, 2013 — The long relationship between African Americans and the U.S. can be compared to the stormy relationship in an abusive marriage. One spouse is always forgiving and covering bruises from the slaps, kicks and indignities, and the abusive spouse asks for forgiveness, swears to never strike again and makes up with a minor tokens like passage of civil and voting rights acts and affirmative action policies. Yet, the next slap is always near.
The Trayvon Martin verdict of not guilty of all charges is that punch in the gut, but this time the battered spouse has a decision to make. We, the U.S. and African Americans, can seek couple’s counseling and seek to address our issues together but always fearful of the next punch, or we can separate. If we address our issues together, we must address a dismal high school graduation rate of 62 percent and a high unemployment rate of 13.5 percent for the abused African American spouse.
While some may say stay and fight back, we must not arm ourselves with weapons to fight with the dominant spouse, but arm ourselves with knowledge and a passport. Others will ask, why should the U.S. address these issues when others immigrate here and do fine? Simple; the U.S. and its government, through centuries of slavery and racial discrimination, caused the problem.
The Italian diaspora from Italy to the U.S. between 1861 and 1920, and the Irish diaspora were caused by poverty, famine and disease. People with nothing to loose and everything to gain left for a new continent. Are African Americans, as a group, at the point where they have nothing to loose? The Supreme Court, and thus the U.S., took some tokens back by invalidating key portions the Voting Rights Act of 1965. To be clear, not every African American should emigrate, just like not every Italian or Irish person emigrated from their homeland, but its time for some African Americans to seriously consider whether opportunities are better elsewhere around the globe.
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