While we must keep the equality dream alive, it is past time to shake ourselves awake from dreamy delusions about race in America and just wake-up.
Some of us have tossed and turned trying to awaken from trance-like states that require our silence about racial realities.
“Sarah sleep in bed, Sarah got nappy head.
Sadly, some of us seemingly have been rocked peacefully to sleep and gladly deluded into thinking America is already post-racial.
To the threats regarding our future, we should say, “Thank you for the wake-up call!”
While we toss and turn in bed, sleepwalking Americans try to falsely characterize our past by saying, for example, that slaves had it really good and were well-fed, well-housed and well-cared-for by doting white masters.
The past slavery-time oppression and the oppressions today are quite connected, as they are collective, perpetuated implicitly and explicitly by state action, and are even perpetuated by poor and hungry whites, who are themselves oppressed but
Over 40 years ago, Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes sang “Wake-up, everybody, no more sleepin’ in bed! No more backward thinkin’, time for thinkin’ ahead. The world has changed so very much from what it used to be. There is so much hatred, war and poverty.”
So, to the shocks we received in 2016, as we shake ourselves awake this 2017, all we can say is,
I say, we might as well wake-up, get up and get busy working toward collective betterment. Wake-up, everybody.
Angela Mae Kupenda is a Professor of Law at Mississippi College School of Law. She teaches Constitutional Law, First Amendment, Race and the Law and Civil Rights. Her recent publications include “Increasing Black Wealth Takes Generational Sacrifice — It Always Has” on Ebony.com, (June 14, 2016) and “Higher Education: Putting Our Children on the Bus to Success” in The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education (July 27, 2016).