There are different levels of accountability—-personal, family, social, professional, spiritual etc., this piece is about inter-racial accountability.
If I’ve learned anything as a Black man living in the United States of America, it’s that people don’t discriminate at letting you down.
As much as I want equality for myself and my children, I have to also recognize that I have been hurt, betrayed, undermined, overlooked, ignored, mistreated, misjudged, misunderstood and taken advantage of EQUALLY by people of color (not only Black) just as much as white people.
There are times that people who look like me had an opportunity to help me and refused.
There are times people who look like me complained about the system only to BECOME the system when they became part of the system…or created their own ‘system’.
I’ve seen people who complained about those who abused their authority and influence do the same when it was placed in their hands.
Too many times people who complained about THE MAN became THE MAN.
Yes, some of ‘my people’ who were overlooked because of their skin color have overlooked a more qualified candidate of their own race for a less qualified ‘frat brother’ or ‘soror’. I’ve seen Black people (some very Pro-Black) represent their organizations with Greek letters for generations…when they could very well do it with letters of an African alphabet or the Hebrew alphabet if they call themselves disciples of Yeshua. Why isn’t this considered a remnant of White supremacy?
I’ve seen Black people ‘throw away’ Black people because they don’t do, say, or think as ‘a Black person should’. This happens in every race, but I’m addressing my own. It’s possible someone will ‘throw me away’ because of this truth. That’s fine as long as Yah, my God doesn’t throw me away.
I’ve seen discrimination, favoritism, nepotism, abuse of authority, hatred, and ‘shady’ behavior within my own race.
No matter what your race, everyone who looks like you doesn’t love you.
I love all people.
Yes, I want equality and equity for people who look like me…but there are those ‘who look like me’ who can’t expect any more of others than they do of themselves.
As we fight for equality and social justice, let us never forget that we have allies and enemies of every color.
John 2:24-25 (NLT)
24 But Jesus didn’t trust them, because he knew all about people. 25 No one needed to tell him about human nature, for he knew what was in each person’s heart.
John 1:11 (NKJV)
To sum it up, White and Black people have both helped and hurt me on a personal level…equally.