Charlamagne Tha God: Dear Racists

Charlamagne Tha God: Dear Racists

Warning: this open letter may contain some uncommon sense.

Published July 20, 2015

Dear Racists,

Racism is wack. I actually look at racists the way racists look at the people they are racist against. Sub-human, savage, pariahs who need to be eliminated from the human race. Why are you here? What do you contribute to the environment but hate? If that's your sole purpose on this planet, if hate for others is what becomes you, then you have no purpose.

I don't understand, after all these years, why Black people are still fighting for respect. Why should we have to convince racist white people to simply respect us as humans? Has any racist white person ever stopped to say to themselves, "Why exactly do I hate Black people?" I would advise them not to rack their brains trying to figure it out because they won't come up with a reason.

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What I don't understand is how come white people don't stand up and simply say, "Look racist white people, we need to do better and there is absolutely no room in our society for racism." 

I'm one of those people who knows that white people aren't inherently evil, but when I don't see the ones who aren't inherently evil challenging the ones who are evil it makes me question them. I know that white people look at someone like Dylann Roof and say, "He doesn't represent for all of us." But that's not true, he actually does.

See, there is this thing called racial profiling that we as Black people hate. We hate being lumped in with those of us who are out here committing crimes and since society can't seem to differentiate between who the Black civilians are vs. the Black criminals, we as Black people all have to suffer. Well guess what, white people, the time for you to suffer has come as well. Unless I actually have a conversation with you or your actions show me otherwise, I have to lump every single one of you in the same category and just assume that you too are racist.

Yes, white people, you can get profiled too, you can get stereotyped too. Isn't that ignorant? Doesn't just reading that line make you mad? Don't you think profiling and stereotyping someone based on the color of their skin is wack? Well, white people, welcome to our world!

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White people, your silence on racial issues isn't helping. If you're not speaking out against it, I have no choice but to assume that you're probably for it. White people have to denounce racism and prejudice when hate crimes like the shooting in Emanuel A.M.E. in Charleston, S.C., happen. Don't act like this is an isolated incident of just a crazy person. Don't try to blame this guy's actions on a dysfunctional relationship with his parents. Don't try to deflect from the actual issue, which is this disease called racism, and say that it was an attack on faith and not Black people. Don't be like Meet the Press host Chuck Todd who said, "We simply ask you to look at this as a color-blind issue, it's simply gun violence." How Sway? How is this simply about gun violence when Dylann Roof told us what this was simply about? He wanted to kill black people!

Gun violence has nothing to do with this one, buddy, because racist white people have been killing Black people for centuries and the gun wasn't always the weapon of choice. Anybody remember nooses? How quickly we forget.

These are the kind of statements that add insult to injury and insult Black America's collective intelligence. Statements like this prove that either white people don't know, don't show, or don't give a damn about racism in America. Simply stand up as a white person and say, "Racism is wack and, white people, we need to do better."

White people need to challenge other white people about their racism, challenge them about this old, dated, played out concept that they are holding on to. This is a learned behavior that they keep passing on from generation to generation, if they don't challenge it. If they don't treat racists and bigots like they are pariahs and outcasts, then I have no choice but to assume that maybe, just maybe, they are all for white supremacy.

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Look, we can't rewrite history. I don't hold white people of this generation responsible for slavery and I don't hold them responsible for the Jim Crow era, but I do hold white people of this generation responsible for not speaking out against those of you who still choose to carry on the tradition of racism that has rotted this country to the core.

I applaud and appreciate white people who choose to stand side by side with their fellow Black Americans –– key word: "Americans" –– and speak out against police brutality and the unjust killing of hundreds of Black people across America; the white people who marched with us in South Carolina and said, "Take down that symbol of hate called the Confederate flag; the young white people who can't understand the hate that Dylann Roof has for Black people and aren't afraid to say that he's a piece of s**t and is not a reflection of your white skin at all. I respect you because you are making it quite clear where you stand and letting us know that you are not here for that f**k s**t called racism.

Do I believe that we are all one race, which is the human race? Absolutely. But that is no longer valid if we aren't treating each other like humans and following simple laws of life, like treating people how you want to be treated, loving thy neighbor, and doing unto others as you would have them do unto you.

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Don't let those families of the victims in Charleston, S.C., fool you. I respect them for being better people than me, but all Black people aren't about forgiveness anymore. There is a whole lot more Nat Turners in the hood than Martin Luther King Juniors.

S**t is getting real ladies and gentleman. The tipping point is here, can it be fixed?

I believe that it can, but remember this, the only people who can correct racism in America is white people. Black people aren't the ones who are racist, you are! Black people don't have a history of violence towards white people, but white people certainly have a history of violence towards us. If Black people hate white people, it's a reaction based off the years and years of oppression and discrimination we have received at the hands of racist white people. White people who aren't racist have to denounce racism, you have to stand up and tell other white people YOU MUST DO BETTER. You have to get your "Mean Girl" on and let racist white people know "They Can't Sit With Us!"

The past can't be changed but the present and future can be. Stop being afraid to discuss racism, white people. Admit that yes, there are still a lot of white devils in this country, and scream at the top of your lungs that you are not one of them and that you want to destroy those of you who are. Stop running from the sins of your ancestors, especially when those same seeds of hate that your ancestors possessed are being planted into a new generation. You can't change the past, but you absolutely can change the narrative of now and the narrative of the future and that happens by simply admitting that on the subject of race and how you treat other humans that RACIST WHITE PEOPLE, YOU HAVE TO DO BETTER.


Sincerely,


Lover of all humans regardless of color as long as they're good people, Charlamagne Tha God 

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