First I want to say that from this point forward I will no longer be calling anyone African Americans. I'd like for anyone in this country to name 10 black people, of the tops of their heads, who are Americans from Africa. We are simply Americans and if color must be stressed then I'm a white American with black, brown, yellow, red, and cream-colored American cousins.
I wonder how the country would have handled it if former white presidents had said something along the lines of "I'm just trying to make more laws to benefit our white Americans."
I do agree that the unemployment rate among black Americans is way too high, but it's also way too high among all other Americans too. The problem I have is that we know the exact percentage of unemployed black Americans. Why are we still checking off what race we are when we fill out our census, job and school applications, or anything else that asks. Why are we still asking? Why does race still matter?
April of 2009, in New Haven, Connecticut, firefighters we denied a promotion because none of the top test takers were black Americans. Apparently in order to be promoted these guys have to take a test that only comes around once a decade. The top 15 get the chance to be promoted, and because none of the top 15 were black guys the city threw out all the tests scores and no one got promoted! That's racist!
When Martin Luther King Jr. preached freedom and equality among all Americans, I don't think he was really looking to make sure all the dark skinned people got extra special treatment. When we see a United Caucasian College Fund, or a Caucasian Entertainment Television Channel or a president who creates his laws in order to better all Americans regardless of race!
Instead of saying things like "...because I'm black." or "...because I'm white." Why can't we just say "...because I'm American."?