The following is a quote from Alex Haley, “Racism is taught in our society, it is not automatic. It is learned behavior toward persons with dissimilar physical characteristics.” Once again, one of the people who reviewed the first Edition of this Book said that everything that I wrote about Racism is my own personal opinion. Not only does being Biased cloud your Judgment, it makes you stupid. This is my own personal recollection of fifty three years of Observing the way it is in America. Racism is an accepted Behavior in America. That just goes to show, They are everywhere. When you have a Racist person reviewing a Book about Hate, what can you expect? Same goes for a Racist Judge meeting out Justice on a Black person, a Juror not privy to the Published content of a Case but is tainted by Hate is a Guilty Vote for an Innocent Black Man. A Racist Cop arresting a Black person circumvents the Rules of Law. My Algebra Teacher was Racist she didn’t give Flying Horse Feather if I understood the Subject. When Hate is the Engine, your Opinions, your Decisions and Social consciousness are Corrupted. Let’s not forget that Intolerance is the Backbone of a Jackass, We are who we choose to be. Most astonishingly, is that most Racist People always professed that they are not Racist. Believe it or not, I do respect those who own up to their Biased beliefs. “Show me my Enemies and I will be victorious” it’s the ones who call me Brother that I’m afraid of, be they Black or White.
The Environment in Taft was Toxic enough for me to have dropped out in my first Semester. It was like going Home to a Spouse that you hated, going to a Job that you hated. A lot of people who were put in a position like that, snapped. Look at all the Mass Murders in Schools today, if I wasn’t focused on the brighter side of Life, I could have been a Shooter. There were many Brawls after School, I was a fierce Fighter, yet I never joined in any of their Fracases. Though Racial Injustice ruled my School, the Neighborhood and the rest of the Country. If I saw a White Kid being pummeled by a Group of Blacks, or vice versa, I would have jumped in and saved the Kid. I just don’t care for Injustice, no matter who is dishing it out, or who the Recipient is. The Stress was insurmountable, smoking weed helped me with coping with it. It was there that I learned Stress Management, I had no choice but to deal with it or go off the deep end. The seating arrangements in the Classrooms flaunted Racism, there was never a Black Kid sitting in the first five Rows. That was a short while after the time when a Pregnant Woman or an Old Black Woman had to give up their seats to a young and healthy White Man. Cesspool Mentality is what I call that. Yet no one dares to call out these Cruds. Taft as well as the rest of America was bad for the Nerves, trying to keep it together, and not to snap. It’s not only Adults who snap, kids also lose it. Look at Nicholas Cruz, he killed seventeen people in his School. Kids are just kids and they don’t know that if you keep poking someone with a stick, one day the Recipient will break it over your head. Many cold Mornings I chose to walk the two and a half miles to School, so that I could smoke a Joint. By the time I got to Math Class I was still stoned, dealing with that Evil Woman who taught Algebra was a test of Strength. So I chose to stay Medicated when I was in her Class. That was the only way I could keep from snatching her bald. I found it astonishing how she favored light skinned Negros like my friend and hated my dark Skin. Through all this, I did meet some Great White Kids in my Drama Class. But then again you have to remember that Artists are very different People. I even had the Leading Role with a White Girl playing Emily, in our Little Town. We interacted well in School, but we never hung out on the Weekends. In the Movie The Bronx Tale, a Black Kid was Murdered within walking distance from my School. This was once an all white School in an all white Neighborhood, before we came there looking for a better place to live. My grandfather always said, “that’s just the way it is, leave it alone”. Sad to say that Haters have the same mindset, ” leave it alone ” they don’t like it when someone like me brings up the Subject, having the mindset of, the less said the better, creates a roadblock to the Solution. As the saying goes, ” Nothing grows in a comfort zone”. There can’t be a solution to a problem without having a Discussion. Many of my Teachers were of the same Mindset as my Classmates. It was here that I Learned the meaning of Nepotism and Bigotry. They took the Time to explain to White Idiots, but they didn’t care if Black Idiots understood the Subjects. When I struggled with Algebra, it seemed like my Teacher gloated, as if to say ” I told you that Niggers were stupid “. She was an awful Redneck who spoke down to me, I will never forget that Witch.