« on: April 29, 2007, 07:27:55 AM »
My comment refers to recent Caribbean (& African) immigrants/descendants and our accomplishments in this country. I am grateful for my experience, very proud of what people of my background are doing as a small minority here. Grateful to be a part of that group because of the struggles of my immigrant family (and others). Instead of being so suspicious and making assumptions, why not first inspect your own touchiness? It does not bother me one bit when African-Americans celebrate their accomplishments so why do you take issue with other people who do the same? While this could be incorrect, something in your post seems to reek of an inferiority complex. If you do not feel you are “special”, please do realize that is your issue and no one else.
Further, since when are you the only one who has the right to point out who you are? Is it because for so long, certain people have robbed/insulted your identity, that now you are suspicious of and/or even dislike to see “others” be comfortable with theirs? Think more deeply about your comments. You call yourself African-American, but then the rest of us ought not or at least be careful to distinguish ourselves as West Indian, African etc.? Frankly, that sounds like the mentality of those who attempted to force our ancestors to forget their tribes, languages, traditions etc. It is not about benefit, it is who about we are. Because in case you have forgotten, everyone has an experience, a history, culture, legacy, heritage etc. Our accomplishments would be shorter if not for African-Americans? Let me assure you that our accomplishments are long regardless, and no one has gotten anywhere without help from someone else, African-Americans included. (And just to add, while I certainly recognize the benefits we enjoy due to African-American efforts, the liberation of African peoples did not start with the Civil Rights Movement and the spark did not necessarily occur on American shores…but yes, that’s another convo, which I have no problem entering in.)
So no, I will not be "losing" the "get over it" statement. In regards to my initial comment, everyone has their own experience...that reflects mine.
You can do one of two things:
a) You can continue to engage me by defending your poorly thought-out counterargument and end up exposing/embarrassing yourself.
b) You can realize that your post goes a long way toward validating most of my claims, cut your losses and shut your trap.
In other words, you have no response. Do yourself a favor and take your own advice.