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by Yvette Carnell
One of the problems with assimilation is that it caused black people to discuss life’s events, and stumbles, in concert with white people. The assimilated narrative is that there is no white or black, only – American. In that sense, we were led to believe, wrongly, that we are one people. President Obama even advanced this hollow idea with the analogy that one wave lifts all boats, not allowing for the truism that life’s circumstances are not nature’s waves, but man’s creations. They can be uncreated just as easily as they were created.
When people, like Obama, evoke this sense of sameness, what they’re really saying is that black people must mute their added burdens in order to exalt a false notion of patriotism. American patriotism proclaims that you should substitute discussions of degrees of impact for platitudes about how we are “all in this together.” Shocker: We’re not. We never were.