It’s time for White people to stop asking Black people to continue hoping things will get better — to keep hoping enough White people will do the right thing for humanity’s sake. Likewise, it’s time for Black people to stop investing their emotions, energy, and time trying to convince grown White people we’re valuable, we’re worthy of dignity and respect, and that we are human. Hope is delayed disappointment.
I used to wonder why we have to wait until white people come around to the idea that, hey, blacks might just be human after all. I remember some years ago listening to one of my lawyer-bosses explain that it'll take "at least one more generation" of white folks to get beyond their racism and superiority complex...because...well, you know, "black people are just so different from us," he said.
See, this is what James Baldwin and Toni Morrison and others meant and mean when they say that America does not have a "black" problem. It has a WHITE problem.