Forgiveness is at the cornerstone of the black experience in America. At any given moment, black people are expected to “forgive” people. Never mind the fact that we, as a people, may not be ready. And forget about the fact that whomever has done any of us wrong may not be asking for that graciousness. We forgive because we are mandated. And that mandate has let to this culture of blind forgiveness for far too long.
But what has that forgiveness given us?
Have black people actually progressed for surviving, and eventually forgiving, the madness and disruption caused by white supremacy? Have we actually found true solace in letting go of the anger? Or have we found to be in a repetitive cycle because we let go way too early? What are we accomplishing by letting go before we actually process the situation? And why in hell are we always letting things slide when the oppressors have no intention of improving or evolving?
There are so many questions that need answering. However, I (for one) don’t believe in all this easily given forgiveness.
Black Forgiveness is Not Free
What many of us have to understand is that the price for forgiveness is atonement. And I’m not talking about simply saying “I’m sorry”. I am referring to full blown reparation of any wrong doing. I’m talking about repentance, penance, and payback through retaliation, retribution, and get-back. At some point, we need to start finding ways to take what is ours so they realize “that bullshit won’t fly with black folk”. Only then will the bully on the block realize the errors of their ways: making amends.
A busted lip will always provide a better lesson than a hug and a song of forgiveness.
And if anyone out there is confused by the situations that I speak of, then let me make a few declarations:
Dylann Roof does not deserve our forgiveness.
George Zimmerman should never receive an ounce of our forgiveness.
Michael T. Slager? He can rest in the Land of the Unforgiven.
And the names can go on and on. Still, forgiveness comes with a price tag. And a lot of these people didn’t pay a thing for something they didn’t deserve in the first place.
Black Forgiveness Ending
Forgiveness is not sunlight: you don’t receive it just because you walk outside. Black people need to understand that we don’t owe forgiveness to those that don’t deserve it. Many white people haven’t done anything to make themselves become forgiven. And the oppression that we desperately seek to dispel still exists because responsibility is lacking. With all of this said, fuck forgiving the unforgiveable.
‘Nuff Said and ‘Nuff Respect!!!
- Jurors convict Roof of all counts in slayings (wbrz.com)
- Dylann Roof’s confession and journal detail racist beliefs (sfgate.com)
- Dylann Roof’s confession and journal detail racist beliefs (bostonherald.com)
- Dylann Roof laughed as he admitted killing nine black people inside Charleston church (telegraph.co.uk)
- Dylann Roof laughed during church slaying confession to FBI (foxnews.com)
- Dylann Roof laughed during church slaying confession to FBI (stripes.com)
- Charleston church shooter Dylann Roof found guilty of federal hate crimes in South Carolina massacre (businessinsider.com)
- Dylann Roof convicted on all charges for killing nine black church members in effort to start race war (news.nationalpost.com)
- Jurors convict Dylann Roof on all counts in church slayings (politico.com)
- How White Supremacy Works (thefader.com)