For so many people, there is the belief that attitudes make a difference. In most cases, it’s probably correct. A positive attitude can get you on the right track to success. A can-do attitude can aid your effort to achieve. A humble attitude can open doors with the right person, and so forth and so on.
What brings the question of attitudes is a conversation about race relations in America. It was an eye opener that some people believe Black folks are whiners and need a better attitude. Before you jump to a conclusion let me explain. Because it shocked me when I read it, then I thought well…
Having the right attitude is important. I mean, it’s like why complain when black people should sit down and take atrocities as a way of life. Oh, let me get to the point. Race in America is not yet utopia, people still have bias, police have been documented as being bias or quick to exploit situations into conditions that were not present in the beginning. Some people jump to conclusions on situations simply because of color. It’s all factual and proven over and over again. Here’s the gotcha on attitude.
The person claims black whine, shouldn’t use their platform to fight or protest, shouldn’t want equality in society, and blacks and Hispanics get handouts and their attitudes are as if it’s their right to receive goods or services from the government, based on race. The person complained about Kaepernick, and Micheal Bennet about their protest on a pro football platform. To them, Black Lives Matter is a terrorist group. And to top it off, the reason Michael Bennet was arrested or picked out was that of disorderly conduct, which was never identified in the article until after his letter to the public.
Regardless of the impact on race in America, the argument was black folks should have a better attitude to stand against mistreatment, or to voice your stand against racism or unjust or unwarranted acts against people. Attitude, is the difference? It took me to years ago in the South where blacks weren’t allowed to look at white people in the eyes. A time where Native Americans were forced to change their names to English. A time when Japanese were interned based on race. This is the attitude the voice wanted. The Make America Great Again era.
The final part of the discussion hit even harder when one person said, “Tax Dollars Educated Michael Bennet so he can be a Millionaire ball player…” My point is, didn’t Micheal Bennet’s parents pay taxes like anyone else? So, to that point, since tax dollars paid for education, a good black attitude is to sit down and shut up, don’t make people see injustice by the platform that millions are exposed to.