Ashamed To Be Black

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    The biggest irony of the attack is that Dr. Miranda, a pediatrician, is a true friend of African-Americans. She lives and practices in a neighborhood just south of violence-prone Midtown. Even more, she routinely donates diapers and formula to low-income families, and she often treats indigent black patients without charge.

    And this is the kind of woman the mob wanted to hurt or kill?

    After having her vehicle attacked, after being injured and after having the words "white bitch" screamed in her face during the attack, here is part of what Miranda told the St. Petersburg Times: "I have to say that my patients have been so gracious. A lot of families came by the office. I have received numerous cards and I have had families call me and apologize for other people's behavior....This is a very, very small minority because I know the bulk of the Afro-American community does not act that way. They've been very warm and embracing."


    And now, I must say the following: Living in St. Petersburg during the past 10 years has made me ashamed of being African-American.

    Never have I been around so many irrational, immature, irresponsible, do-nothing black adults - clergy and secular - who pawn themselves off as "leaders." NAACP president Darryl Rouson is an exception.

    Never have I seen such a high percentage of black parents who fail to parent adequately, who seem incapable of creating a culture of learning in their homes, who, quite frankly, let their children roam the streets and cut the fool in school.

    Never have I seen so many blacks who refuse to invest in their own community, who will not pool their resources for the greater good, who blame their problems on white people who live in communities many miles away.

    Never have I seen such a high percentage of blacks who tolerate the presence of active criminals in their neighborhoods, who remain silent about black-on-black crime.

    Never have I been in a town where a small, fringe group of malcontents has been given the power to distort reality to such a degree, to turn the city into something that it is not.

    As a black man who was reared by sober, industrious and selfless adults who cared about the future of the children in their lives, I am ashamed of what we have done to ourselves. Despite the fact that racism, unofficial and institutional, still limits opportunities for blacks, we continue to squander opportunities by failing to "do for self," as the late Elijah Muhammad of the Nation of Islam was fond of saying.

    When we burn our own communities and abandon our children's futures, we are not doing for self. We are, in fact, self-destructing.
    http://www.sptimes.com/2004/05/23/Columns/Innocent_victims_of_a.shtml
     
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    I'm not ashamed to be black.

    :shrug:
     
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    You should at the least be embarassed.
     
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    Funny. There's a picture of you looking real "white" sitting on a motorcycle in the pictures section..... :confused:
     
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    He's just real pasty looking is all. ;)
     
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    I think he's white on his mom's side, black from a friend of his dad's... :D
     
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    If you rode his bikes, you would be scared white too. :D
     
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    why you judging me? Because my skin has less pigment than Wesley Snipes doesn't mean I'm any less black - just ask my wife ;)
     
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    Because WHITIES have been so HONORABLE in lineage, eh?

    you freak.
     
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    Big-D, he has the same name you do.....he just isn't as big.

    Can't you be his friend?
     

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