WOW, I've been reading all of the comments regarding this article and it floors me that today, we can honestly state that there's still racism in this world. Nigger? Illiterate? Excuses for black communities being the way that they are? It's really quite SAD! First off for those of you that know nothing about Jamilah Nasheed, left me give you some facts regarding my friend: Never were we in a gang, that some of you may think of when you hear such word. "gang (noun) 3.) a group of people with compatible tastes or mutual interests who gather together for social reasons: I'm throwing a party for the gang I bowl with." We hung out all the time and did things that all teenagers did or may have wanted to do: skating, went to parties, went to carnivals, concerts, church, and just had plain old fun. To state that she's illiterate because you may not like her choice of words are just ignorance on all of your part. Not everyone are the same, not everyone communicates the same but to think that your choice of verbiage is the right way, is offensive in itself. We, as people, make excuses for our behaviors because we feel that were justified to do so. Why would one believe that their way is the Right Way? Because, we trust our own judgments before others, so you're warranted that belief. I think all of you that are posting on this site and voicing your opinion, I would hope are smart enough to know the history of "African Americans"? We may not speak your specific choice of words because earlier in time, we were never given the opportunity to learn or better yet, even be treated the same. We learned on our own, we overcame all of the obstacles that we were faced with and I'm sorry to be the one to inform you: but, I honestly don't believe that many of you would be here today had you been faced with those same challenges. So, I'm sure you're pondering: "No, I'm not Racist at all"! But, will I take a stand for someone I truly know, that you only know from articles, Yes! To summarize blacks as illiterate, violent, and don't want much out of life.... You only have yourselves to Thank for this outcome. When I speak of you, I'm not addressing the ones specifically making comments because you feel your the only voice that needs to be heard, I'm addressing the "white man" that have oppressed our communities for years and still feel as though they were right for this rhetoric. Concluding: I beg to differ with all of your opinions about "black" and its' communities. We've never had a fair opportunity....this is fact and not an excuse. Of course, this goes well beyond all of you making your sarcasm remarks but when this type of behavior is constantly practiced, then we as a nation gets NOWHERE. You may take a look at:
Sociological Comparisons between African-Americans and Whites and review the statistics for yourself.
I can only pray for all of you at this time because as I hate to be the one to inform you, and as smart as all of you are; you would think you would know this already, but only God can judge one's character. When you leave earth, where will you go?
Peace and Love to all of you,
African American Student
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