Quite possibly, yes. It is very possible that movements and individuals who esteem black Americans could definitely find themselves opposed to white Americans. I wanted to get this thought out in front of this post as soon as possible because I know that it is a common thought in the heart and minds of people I have talked to for years. Over the course of my adult life I have met individuals who (both white AND black) who are so in love with blackness that they begin to talk in a way that seems either slightly or very intensely bitter towards white people. They may say something to the effect of “White people always find a way…” or “White people hate it when…” Sometimes what follows is silly and sometimes what follows these statements is downright hate filled.
With that said, I go back to the original question posed; is pro black synonymous with anti-white? Well, no it doesn’t have to be. I believe that some of the anti-white rhetoric that has circulated America as well as many other societal factors have led to an oversensitivity when blackness is celebrated. I hear things like: “Why do we have to celebrate black history month?” or “There is no need to celebrate black people being the first in something.” These statements among many other statements that I have heard clearly demonstrate a misunderstanding that permeates American culture. Just because you celebrate something does not mean that something else is being denigrated. What a freeing sentiment.
In the age of offense and never ending sensitivity it is wise to note that multiple things can be true at once. When someone gets a gold medal at the Olympic Games, it does not mean that other people haven’t worked hard. It also doesn’t mean that other people are necessarily failures. What it does mean is that on a particular day a person or group of people met a set of criteria that led them to be awarded a medal. This celebration need not detract from anyone else, their accomplishments, etc.
America is a melting pot. At times this melting pot has had severe dysfunctions and chaos. When I see black people being celebrated my heart is happy in a way that is different than when I see other ethnic groups celebrated. Not better or worse just different. Aside from celebration I also feel empathetic when there is a call for black people to be treated fairly. The rate at which I see racial incidents in my News Feed every morning alarms me. When I hear for calls of justice it is inevitable that I read grumbling and complaining by white people in the comments section of these articles. The cry seems to be; “What about everyone else?” It is ok to have this question. Seriously. But, this question detracts from the point at hand quite often. When my friend asks me how I am doing and I begin to answer...I don’t see anyone get mad that the question isn’t addressed to anyone else in the surrounding vicinity.
With racial tension at an all time high, and with social media rising in popularity, I understand why many people feel misunderstood and confused. I get why white people feel slighted when blackness in all its forms is celebrated or brought into the spotlight. I get why black people feel marginalized. Calling attention to black issues, virtues, etc. does not mean that white people will be left out. For too long America was shaped by values and ideas that didn’t reflect the beauty and the richness of each individual ingredient in this great melting pot.