NFL star Dez Bryant expressed his opinion on what it means to be black in America at the moment. In his statement he notes that the social barrier between the races in America that history caused should be overcome instead of being reinforced. And the way to do it is to try and improve individually rather than reflect upon the injustice that black people faced in the past, which can only add fuel to the fire.
Dez Bryant of the Dallas Cowboys shared his thoughts on race in America recently on Instagram. Bryant said that black people are unsuccessful because of other black people and that all races should focus on personal accountability.
First and foremost, I would like to say I do a great job of minding my own business, but it’s pressing on my heart to share my thoughts about white Americans and black Americans (racism).
I hate to admit it, but I understand that quote.
I’ve been [racially] profiled on numerous occasions, but not once has it influenced an ill feeling inside me about anyone outside of that issue. REAL SLAVERY is different from what’s going on in our world now. We all (every ethnicity) have the opportunity to lead by EXAMPLE.
Instead of making videos about the history of racism that get applause or people with influence merely doing things to post for social media, we should focus on individual accountability to be better as a whole.
I recently ran into a guy I grew up with who spent his adulthood dealing drugs. While we were catching up, he shared with me that he wished that he chose a different and better path. He said seeing my success was inspiring and that it encouraged him to do better with his life.
Real question: What is wrong with being sophisticated and black? Why do we associate those who choose the straight-and-narrow as not being “black enough?” Why was it that I was one of the first examples of success to my friend?
We focus hard on fighting the realities that exist instead of creating our own reality. The ones who came for us (Martin Luther King, Rosa Parks, Malcolm X) paved a new path for us to follow. The struggles and hurt they endured created new life for us today.
It is not our job to carry the burden, but it is our job to lead by example.
Not that my opinion matters, I’m just sharing my thoughts.
Well said, Sir!
Brayant’s words are not to be taken lightly as the problem at hand does not regard only the black people’s minority, but it’s a social phenomena that affects all minorities that have faced oppression at one point. The bad labels that have been given in the past to people belonging to a certain minority, later on pose as a model for building identity among those same people in order to express their subversion to the majority and strengthen the internal integrity of the group. But, as understandable as the cause for this is- it’s something that has to be overcome.
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