I recently saw an interview with Pam Grier on IFC and she said something that shocked the hell out of me. She said, in a nutshell, that the majority of the issues at the center of the civil rights movement have been resolved. What? How can any American Black person not understand that those issues are still alive and well?
Newsweek recently published a very telling op-ed piece about one Dr. Mana Lumumba-Kasongo from NYC. Here's the part that tore me up inside:
"Only a small portion of the growing number of female doctors—not quite 4 percent—look like me. Perhaps that's why, for most people, "doctor" still doesn't fit the stereotypical image of a black woman in this country. Unfortunately, black children may be even more adversely affected by this than white ones. That point was driven home to me months ago, when a 6-year-old black girl refused to let me treat her when her mother brought her to the emergency room and left us alone. She insisted on being seen by a white doctor, leaving me feeling both embarrassed and humiliated."
Read the entire piece..
Ms. Pam Grier seems like she needs a dose of the REAL world..