Slavery has left its mark on us all--both perpetrators and victims--because of the long-lasting effects of dehumanization even 300 years later. Is it any wonder that Black people still feel shock, anger, and disgust when faced with racist situations which puts their “being” into question? But is it racism they face, or is it others not recognizing and understanding black culture? Are we confusing the two? Unfortunately, America’s culture is very mixed and complex which keeps the confusion alive between Blacks and Whites. And the dominant white-based aspects of this culture are the standards that all other cultures in the mix are judged by. We Americans claim to be free but who are the “we” that are truly free to be who and what we are and want to be? Odd isn’t it--considering freedom is so strongly pronounced as foundational to our country’s culture. It comes down to a case of us all needing to walk our talk. If we truly believe in freedom and democracy, then we need to actually practice it. Join me and my guest, Pat Edwards, in a scholarly discussion based on his master thesis, and discover how our dominant White-based culture only allows Black people to be “Black for a second. “
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