“Get Over It, Black People!”

The double standard of asking Black people to move on from racism

Jeffrey Kass

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Image: Shutterstock/Michael O’Keene

How many times have we heard American apologists tell Black people to just get over it?

“It’s time to move on.”

Slavery ended over 150 years ago. Black people have been able to vote since the 1960s. We ended separate drinking fountains and back seats on the bus long before most of us were born. Black people can go to college. Become engineers. Doctors. Lawyers. Whatever they want.

“How long are they gonna continue to milk the race card,” one acquaintance asked me recently.

They? I thought y’all didn’t like pronouns.

Enough is enough, so many white folks say.

I’ve addressed in other pieces how America’s racist structures are still alive and well.

So, we’ll set aside the discussion about whether America has matured enough to stop the conversation about ongoing systemic racism.

It’s still not about getting over it.

My Jewish brothers and sisters live by a post-Holocaust call to action that drives our fight against Jew hatred even today:

Never Again

We post it on billboards. We shout it from the rooftops any time someone messes with the Jews or our homeland’s right to exist. Many of us use Never Again to remind people of what happens when good people sit on the sidelines and watch silently as injustice rears its ugly head.

Anti-semitism fighting organization Jewbelong using billboards to promite awarenes of hate against Jews
Image: Billboard pic from organization Jewbelong

Never Again, we repeat. And repeat. And repeat.

Post-Holocaust, us Jews put our foot down once and for all.

No more. Ever. Again.

Many Jews returned to their indigenous Jewish homeland with another declaration. If you mess with the Jews again, we…

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Jeffrey Kass

A Medium Top Writer on Racism, Diversity, Education, History and Parenting | Speaker | Award-Winning Author | Latest Book: Black Batwoman V. White Jesus | Dad