The ‘first black’ person to…
By Tunicia Phillips
The easiest route to stirring robust and passionate debate online is almost certainly on the racial path. A simple idea with a racial reference can easily turn your once dormant and lonely profile into a super active comment generating machine.
I’ve always had the idea that anything that holds a sense of entitlement and familiarity to certain things will naturally continue to attain it. Not in the law of attraction spiritual sense necessarily, but because it’s just not a rare phenomenon.
When I logged onto my somewhat uninspiring, non -provoking Facebook profile on Friday morning, this idea stuck with me. And so naturally, my status would lean toward that main train of thought.
All sentences beginning with “The first black person to …” is part of an engraved inferior complex. It’s just limiting. Get over it.
No white person has ever made a big deal about white people doing anything great because it is deemed a natural thing to excel. To keep calling it out and counting black successes means we keep it in the sphere of newness and rareness when it should just be basic human triumph, pursuing excellence, whatever else makes people great.
The above is a comment that followed threats to disown me, and some agreement here and there. In the black consciousness light of things, I guess I wasn’t giving the decades of struggles much recognition. But that wasn’t unintentional.
See I had to go as far as apologising for maybe being too futuristic about the matter. I think every time success in any sphere of existence is given racial weight, particularly black weight, then we are far from progressing.
When I say we, I mean humanity. I mean us, in the absence of any ‘them.’
I do agree that the odds for the divided racial groups in this country and the world are vastly different at times, but that’s no excuse to make every black milestone or success an ‘ah’ moment.
It’s the element of rarity that’s must begin to pass, or the perception thereof. As long as it’s a continuous notable phenomenon then we remain stuck and enslaved by the idea that these things are uncommon.