Recently, I started watching @ChelseaHandler (Twitter/Instagram) Netflix’s docuseries/talk show called Chelsea Does.., where she discusses controversial topics with notable guests, business people, and personal friends. These controversial topics vary from marriage, racism, technology, and stereotypes. Yes, all the things we discuss in our schools, barbershops, at home with family, and with friends. @ChelseaHandler is completely honest with a bit of humor sharing round-table banter on these topics with honorable friends and professionals. She asks the questions that we all may want to ask each other, while implementing her honest opinion on the subjects.
One of her recent episodes regarded the issue of racism and stereotypes in American that effect us internationally. As an African American woman , I took the topic of “recovering from slavery” from @ChelseaHandler’s conversation with Rev. Al Sharpton, and wanted to elaborate on the context.
In the topic of “stereotypes and racism”, @ChelseaHandler asked Al Sharpton what were the differences between Jews in Germany and Blacks in the U.S. As a Jewish women, @ChelseaHandler wanted to hear a direct answer from an influential African American civil rights public figure. In Sharpton’s answer he insinuates that some differences are that the holocaust in Germany was a horrific tragedy killing of millions of people in Europe; it was acknowledged by the world (especially the U.S.);reparations were given; and continuous apologies were also given. On the other hand, blacks acquired from Africa to the U.S. were taken, killed, tortured and belittled; no reparations given; they are continuously told by society to forget about what happened in the past; the history of slavery has recently been taken out of history books in the U.S.; blacks were told they didn’t do anything in world history to be proud of; their identity was stolen; police brutality/segregation; and all of this continuously happens in the U.S. The main difference that Sharpton highlights is that it happened in this country. The holocaust happened overseas. Both the holocaust and slavery were horrible, but the country that benefited the most from slavery will not recognize the evilness of its past, and its present is still being exploited to a mass group of people.
A part of recovering from any incident is acknowledging that it happened and why it happened. Without acknowledgement, it causes a subliminal continuous cycle of pain and evilness that suggest what happened was okay. Like what happened wasn’t significant. Like what happened hasn’t created a great divide and great privilege for a group of people that initiated the incident. It allows the ancestors of those people that created this evilness to create a world where they financially, physically, emotionally, philosophically benefit from this act of hate. How can these people recover from this?
It must first start with the individuals themselves, then later ricochet to the masses.
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