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Here we go, something controversial. I am a sports guy for sure, but as of recent times, I’ve been dreading watching them. I love politics and I love sports. I don’t like them mixing together. The last thing I need to hear on the day of the NBA finals is the best player of our time with a net worth of $400 million dollars claiming, “Being Black in America is tough” after his $21 million-dollar house was vandalized. Jason Whitlock then went on the Colin Cowherd show to disagree fundamentally with what Lebron James says, of which I agreed with most of he said. Some other people, however, went after Jason’s comments. Shannon Sharpe, a retired football player with a net worth of $12 million and his own show, said, “The Hardest Job in America is being black”. Martellus Bennett, net worth of $17.6 million, who is also a football player (and has a side job of being a professional dirtbag) went on a profane Twitter rant about how “racism doesn’t care how much money you have”.

I agree to an extent. Racism doesn’t care at all about how much money you have in the bank. I want you to look back over those net worth’s again. To claim, “The hardest job in America is being black” might be the most ignorant and asinine statement I’ve ever heard. These men are looking at more money than most of us can ever IMAGINE, and want to still complain about something as trivial as racism? The point both Jason and I are trying to make is that racism does exist, but it is incredibly dense to claim racism holds you back or persecutes you while you have so many chances to succeed. You are living walking proof that if you put the effort into your craft, you’re in a place that will allow you to be successful. Are there racists out there? Absolutely. I’ve met them before and I don’t like them. Would I ever claim it to be my hardest struggle? Not even close! Do you want to know whose jobs are harder? Police. Every time they shoot a black guy they are thrown under the bus and it’s almost impossible to justify their actions to other people. Sometimes they did the wrong thing, sure. Are you perfect though? They aren’t either. Especially considering the fact they’re trying to protect the public and everyone else tries to make their lives harder. Every day their lives are on the line!

I just watched a video today about these police approaching a vehicle with their tasers pulled and when an officer asked to see hands, the person pulled out a gun and started firing. Thank God, these guys made it out alive, but many of their coworkers haven’t been as fortunate in recent times. You know who else has a hard life in America? Those who fight for this nation and don’t receive half the credit they deserve except on Armed Forces, Memorial and Veterans Day. These men are paralyzed, killed, have to deal with the trauma of war for pennies compared to what even Shannon Sharpe earns. They have to watch their friends die. They have to miss their wives giving birth or their child’s first steps and words. I recommend you go watch American Sniper and then tell me “black people have the hardest job in America”. Absolutely shameful. I am sick and tired of this type of talk. My dad is from Chicago, which as you know, is no cake-walk. He and my mom worked their butts off to get out of it and made an amazing life for my brothers, sister and me to thrive in. They didn’t blame racism or institutional racism or slavery (If you believe you deserve reparations for slavery, a brain transplant with a sheep would benefit you.), but they put their minds to their task and they made it through. They taught us the same thing. Some people weren’t going to like us for our skin color but no one can deny us if we live moral lives before God and we’re hard workers. I’m 2 years from graduating college and I’m at a primarily white institution where I still compete with these people. There’s no excuse. One of my heroes, Ben Carson, has been absolutely dragged through the mud since his election bid. The man grew up in the third-world country known as Detroit and overcame poverty, a single parent household, and an anger issue to become the greatest neurosurgeon of all time and he gets ripped for saying, “poverty is a mindset”? Are you kidding me? He obviously knows what it takes to get out. He’s the definition of a roadmap out of poverty.

My grievances with the black community have only increased as I delve into politics. I understand about slavery, Jim Crow, and the Civil Rights Era; I’m studying to be a history teacher. I understand this country hasn’t always been the friendliest to people of other ethnicities, even to the point of being hateful. That time is OVER now.

An example of that is these kids at Evergreen State that have just demanded everything and the administration have bowed to all of their demands. They had a manhunt for a teacher and they told the police to just stay out of it. Not only are these people accepted, but now they’re being pandered to. The only thing holding black people from success is this victim mentality and mindset. You know who I got bullied by in school? Black kids who would hit me and verbally assault me because I “acted white.” Does acting white mean trying to be a good person? Does it mean trying to be a person who succeeds and makes something out of himself? If it does, then I guess I am white. Now, while I’m working on my degree, these kids can barely look me in the eye as they hand me my movie theatre popcorn. This is how this “community” treats its own that want to succeed. They want us all to live under the same rules, to bow down to their gods Barak Obama and “Queen Bey” (Y’all know she’s human right?) and no matter how much money, success, fame or popularity you can still blame white people for holding you down. Plus, you must vote Democrat and the only rock you can listen to is Bob Marley or Jimi Hendrix. If you dare to think differently, like my family does, then you aren’t “black”. You must be isolated to protect the purity of the black community. Then they come up with this “peaceful” movement Black Lives Matter to promote themselves and black issues. They boast about “black excellence”. They complain that La La Land was racist. Everything is about them, not bettering society, but controlling it. They ignore the fact they don’t graduate high school, they have children with everyone, they don’t try to have any family structure, they don’t go and get a trade or a degree that will help them and take no blame on themselves. It’s an atrocity.

As you can probably see, I’m passionate about this. I hope and pray someday we can try to have the equality that Martin Luther King Jr. wanted so badly for not just black people, but “all God’s children.” However, if we keep listening to people who believe simply being black in this country is the hardest thing while making tons of money and receiving almost no persecution, we’re going to get nowhere. Racism is a problem, but it’s not a problem we can beat if we keep isolating one another based on something as trivial as the amount of melanin in our skin. If your answer to racism is judging other people based on their skin color, guess what? You’re racist and you’re a part of the problem. I’m proud to be a Christian firstly and I’m proud to be an American second.

There’s nowhere in the world I would rather be. However, we have some deep-rooted problems that we need to fix. One solution comes from Dr. Ben Carson, “Skin doesn’t make [a person] who they are; their color has nothing to do with who they are. But the people who tend to be superficial, superficial things mean a lot. People who tend to be deep are able to see through that and evaluate a person for who they are.” Stop looking at skin for validation, think deeper than that. If you’re judging someone based on their color before their actions, reassess. “Black excellence” isn’t a thing. Human excellence is. I can talk about Ben Carson’s amazing achievements in neurosurgery and praise Walter Isaacson for his writing without talking about the racial identities of either of them, but rather basing my praise on their merit. Being black in America isn’t tough. It’s a blessing. Until we can stop making everything into these huge controversies, we will never defeat the evil that is racism. When we can point out the racists as one combined human race, we can solve so many more problems. If we stay divided based on racial lines, we will never bridge this gap.

So I leave you all with this: If you’re white, be proud of who you are. We all have dark pasts (go look up the Barbary Slave Trade that has somehow been neglected), but that doesn’t mean a future can’t be bright. Be kind and respectful, but do not be discouraged by people who don’t have as much as you and you don’t need to pander or be an “ally”.

If you’re black, be proud of who you are. However, if you believe you’re entitled to anything or you are offended by even the hint of possible racism or believe in microaggressions, grow a spine. Get over yourself and your victim mentality. You can whine and complain as much as you want, but all you’re doing is making more CO2 to donate to the environmental racism some of you believe in (I seriously can’t with Y’all.) Get your GED, go get a job and work your tail off. Don’t depend on help. Don’t blame anyone for your problems. Go make something out of yourself. People are telling you and me, “It’s hard being black in America.” No, it’s hard being a thin-skinned, lazy, good-for-nothing wuss in America. We need more Colin Powell’s and less Tariq Nasheed’s. Go be excellent.

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Alex Newman

Alex Newman is studying History in Tampa, Florida. His dream is to be a teacher so that he can inspire and empower the next generation to truly think for themselves, to build off of the successes and to fix the failures. If you would like to contact Alex, please reach out to him on Twitter @_alpha_flight_.

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