James A. Nuckles
As a boy growing up on the banks of the Genetta Ditch because of racism, I had to stop and be “without”. But I thank God for having parents who have good morals, hardworking, good thinking, foreseeing the future and so on. The inner values I instilled at a young age allowed me to escape social and economic slavery, but not without scars. We were poor by today’s standards, but we didn’t know it because we were taught to wash when it gets dirty, to pick up from your yard, to say yes sir and mother and so on.
Discrimination continues when people of a different race are not seen as people with mothers and fathers, brothers and sisters, and personal lives filled with joys and sorrows, hopes and dreams. Because they are of a different race, to the racists, they are minorities.
Fortunately, its most visible form has been removed from modern America. Jim Crow laws died a long time ago. Lynchings were banished long ago, an ugly shadow of racism and hatred from the past. But in its hidden forms, discrimination is very common. And the consequences can be devastating.
Remember now, I have scars. I came home from the Vietnam War in February 1965. And in April 1965 we were surrounded by (white) police on horseback at the corner of Ripley Street and Washington Avenue, because the Negroes were “tired and tired” of marching. have a peaceful demonstration at the Capitol. I was fighting in uniform not to destroy America, but I still had no rights.
Where would America be if they freely used the skills and talents of Black America? Remember, I escaped the snares that snared me. I had to study hard, run fast, work long hours, live better than white people, pay more for sales, overcome double standards, etc.
We still face double standards, one for whites and one for blacks. White-collar radio hosts, both local and international, started badmouthing President Obama two years before he became president, and they haven’t stopped since.
Let me confirm these two things. In the Montgomery Advertiser editorial page 1D, “These people are not giving Gov. Robert Bentley all the credit for the cuts his administration has already accomplished. This plan is well on its way to balancing the budget. But you can’t fix years of mismanagement in one year, especially in this economy.” You can’t run the government on taxes, especially on a budget deficit. Gov. Bentley’s administration is already in the program to expand Medicaid, but it won’t happen overnight. We need these three years for a ‘YES’ vote on September 18 to give Alabama”. But President Obama is not tested. it is a low economy, but on the skin.
Discrimination in schools, in which minorities are given less status by the government, business and other institutions, is often done without intention, which makes it difficult to identify and eliminate it. The word itself, even for fifty years, is difficult to understand, especially for people who have a large population in the region or the whole country. This is one way to understand. People often say that it’s not what you know, but what you know when you want a job or other benefit that makes you better in life. If you accept this fact, you are accepting that bias exists in the workplace and in all communities. Where people are biased, there is prejudice. Discrimination is usually not caused by someone who hires a friend of a friend for a job or who leads the sale of real estate to someone they know. He only gives help to the person he respects. But this leaves others, who are often young, with little access to work or decent housing. There is no doubt that Montgomery County and the United States as a whole have come a long way in addressing social inequality. But discrimination and social injustice still exist and play an important role in making people aware of the opportunities that people enjoy. But it is the responsibility of all Americans, especially those in positions of power, to recognize and protest.
Racism has grown in the United States in the past few months. Everyone in the working class, all progressives must call out racism clearly and clearly, and organize in solidarity with African Americans and people of all races.
This is especially important now. Corporate media has silenced the oppressed. They have been deliberately spreading disinformation in order to destroy the embryonic partnership that was being created following the election of President Obama. Where can America be? Montgomery Advertiser Editorial Page 6a “America is better with Obama”.
Racism fades when we see the light of day. They differ when people of different races interact honestly as people, when they get to know each other a little better. Listening to a person’s voice and what they say is a good way to get to know them. Where can America be? Montgomery Advertiser Editorial Page 6a “America is better with Obama”.
I have fought and run for so long to achieve the American dream, that I have run out of energy. Where would I be if there were no barriers?
Dr. James A. Nuckles is a retired teacher and senior pastor at Stonetank Antioch Missionary Baptist Church in Montgomery.