You’ll Always Have “Racism”


Young girls and boys like to dream big dreams. As they grow older, the real world often encourages them to compromise — to scale down their dreams. How people react to the bruising of their childhood dreams tells you a lot about them.

This is the story of a young black girl in America who dreamed of being a female CEO of a Fortune 500 company. It reveals much about the girl and about the world she lives in.

No words could aptly describe the extreme pressure I put on myself to make the covers of Forbes and Black Enterprise magazines before I hit the age of 30… Finding a black female chief executive in America was like searching for a unicorn. I figured if I couldn’t find one, I’d have to become one.

I understood I needed an accountability partner to motivate me, to push me forward. I had diverse, ambitious friends who inspired me, but one person seemed to understand me best: Alex P. Keaton (played by Michael J. Fox) on the ’80s sitcom Family Ties.

Alex was a fictitious white guy from Columbus, Ohio. I was a black girl from suburban Maryland. He talked back to his parents. I valued my car privileges. He was a Republican. I was an independent. But Alex was my spirit animal. We shared a preppy fashion sense, type A personalities, and an obsession with business. We both planned to rule the world. __ Source

And so our young heroine imitated Michael J. Fox the TV actor. She dressed like him, walked like him, talked like him — pretended to be him. She managed to get a job as an accounting clerk while in high school, and later went to college and graduate school, receiving an MBA.

But she was not contented with being a successful MBA or a mid-level executive. The longer she worked the less satisfied she became. She started having panic attacks. She was losing her fire, her motivation. Something was wrong. Nobody was lifting her up to the highest levels. Finally, she gave up.

And in giving up she discovered what had gone wrong. It was so obvious. She was a victim of racism. She was a victim of sexism. America just could not deal with her kind of potency, and so it had shut her out. But she still has a voice, and no one can stop her from shouting it from the highest rooftop: “I am a victim of racism!

Racism in Politics

Even before Kamala Harris dropped out of the 2020 presidential race, she was blaming racism and sexism for her failure to lead the pack of candidates. The problem could not be because voters had no reason to vote for her. And so racism (and sexism) fills in when an explanation is needed.

Racism in Sports

Basketball hero Lew Alcindor — Kareem Abdul Jabbar — blames white America for keeping Colin Kaepernick out of the NFL. The problem is not that Kaepernick is not up to snuff in his quarterback skills. No, of course not. The problem is racism, plain and simple.

Racism in Genocide

The footage shows the shooters deliberately bypass other people on the busy street, aiming directly for people inside the kosher deli. __ NBC

A gang of young adults attempted a massacre in a Jewish market in New Jersey. They were driven to this attempted genocide by racism. Similar violent crimes have been perpetrated in Florida and across Europe and the UK recently. In every case, the perpetrators were driven to their crimes by widespread racism.

Racism in Car Crime

Two young “youths” robbed a 22 year old man’s car keys at gunpoint, and rushed to drive the car away. Unfortunately the car had a manual transmission, which the youths could not operate. So they robbed the car of valuables and ran away, leaving the car behind. Some of the valuables were retrieved from a minority neighborhood of Toronto, where the youths were nabbed and charged.

So you see, the racism of the car maker when they installed a manual transmission in the car becomes manifest. It is not that the youths were too young, stupid, or inexperienced to drive a manual transmission. No, clearly it was racism from top to bottom.

Racism Everywhere You Look

There is so much racism that it makes minorities stage fake “hate crimes.” Jussie Smollett is not the only one. The problem goes all the way back to Tawana Brawley (with Al Sharpton), many years back. It seems that every time you hear of a hate crime these days it turns out to be a fake hate crime. Clearly racism is to blame for all this fake hatred.

And so when oppressed persons of whatever disadvantage find their dreams running into reality, it is not necessary for them to explain why they have hit an obstacle. They always have racism … or sexism … or homophobia … or ___ phobia of any kind.

Why would any employer try to put a person on a fast career track if the company felt it would be hit with a discrimination lawsuit at the first disappointment the person might feel?

Affirmative action for LGBTQ persons, women, and minorities may give some people an advantage at the start. But if a company is going to risk its vitality on any one person, it must feel that it has a chance to benefit from the risk, without being likely to face a lawsuit that makes the headlines for weeks or months.

For those who must make sure the work of the world gets done, it is an uncomfortable tightwire to walk. The rats of media, academia, and government are always nipping at their heels.

For those with a ready excuse for failure, there is never a need for soul-searching or personal growth.

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