Think if you were a Black person. How would you want people treating you? No matter how much you say Blacks earned their treatment, the question remains, “Would you yourself like it?”
I mean it’s only a roll of the dice that you ended up White and not Black. You, me, or anyone else could have ended up Black. Assuming I were the same person I am now, my Blackness per se has nothing wrong with it at all.
This where Abagond, who I cannot stand, is right. He’s says that at a basic level, there’s nothing wrong with being Black. Alpha subscribes to this too. Is there anything wrong with Tulio, Rambo, or @Alpha Unit being Black? Well of course not!
For people like that, their race is almost meaningless to me although they may variously assign meanings to it. I believe @Alpha Unit wants her Blackness to have some sort of meaning beyond merely being human, and that’s fine with me. If one wishes to identify as human first and Black second or not at all, that’s fine too.
But James Baldwin says Black people don’t get that chance. If you are Black in the US and with to put your Blackness aside (after all, it is meaningless, let’s face it), America doesn’t really give you that option. America forces you to adopt a Black identity. I don’t think @Alpha Unit has discussed this, but it seems like a theory that would be right up her alley, as I know how she thinks.
Baldwin was gay in addition to being Black, but I really like him a lot. He’s one of the great American authors of the 20th Century, and he’s Black! Don’t believe anyone who says Blacks cannot reach the pinnacles of success in their fields in an academic sense. There are always going to be a few very smart Blacks who are up there.