I’m posting this because some Americans are under the impression that this was centuries ago and no longer relevant today. They fail to understand the deep psychological and social ramification of these events. The people of that time are still around today, and if this is what they did back then because of how they felt, you can be sure that they sent on their “opinions” to their children and thus the next generation suffers in their own way.
My own mother faced this kind of nonsense. She told me a story about herself, mother, brothers, and sisters moving into one of the neighborhoods in Chicago (still, today, one of the most racially segregated cities) that was still majority white at the time. She said when they first moved there they burned a cross in their yard! Hello people, these people are still here today. Now back then the government stepped in to make it illegal to harass people of color in this way. So because PoCs aren’t being killed and harassed like this anymore some people are under the false impression that it’s all over now; but I tell you the racially ignorant mentality still persists and is here today. It’s not over how they want us to believe, it’s (the oppression) all done more subtly now. We still got work to do when it comes to social justice. These pictures serve as a reminder of a history that we can’t forget, because this did happen. I wish, as an African-American, that I did have an African-American ancestry to look back on that didn’t include this, but that’s not the case this IS a large part of my ancestry. I don’t have the privilege to look back on a great ancestral past, nor do some white Americans actually, that’s why, I think, some want PoC (and themselves) to just simply forget this ever happened. Like it can be written out of the history books like the rest of our past dating back to Africa, dating back to Egypt.
just looking at these images makes me uncomfortable, posting them is hard for me to do, I’m a sensitive person. So I’ll post the link: http://hip-hop-influence.tumblr.com/post/91154424212/totallynotagentphilcoulson-theriotmag
some of the comments:
cultureunseen: Salute to the enduring spirit of the children of the slaves…
latenightwithicewaterjones: A lot of the men and women that had to endure this are still alive. Don’t let white people act like this is the distant past. It’s not.
neptunespresenttheclones: Never forget, bring this up every fucking year that goes by. If you will forget about what the white people did to your race, to your family, everyone will. America already forgot what they did. Why doesn’t any of these pictures pop up in our history books? Because the white think they haven’t done this, they want to teach us that this never happened. They want that we will forget about all of this..
How are they helping when they’re smiling and posing for the camera ? They remind me of men standing around a lynched body acting as if they’re at a kickback
broodingsoul: I didn’t want to reblog this because of how uncomfortable it made me feel and then I realized, that’s the exact reason I need to reblog it.