Brianna Ruffin - What is it like to grow up as a black person in a mostly white community in the United States?
Muhammad Rasheed - In Rich Benjamin's Whitopia TEDTalk, he quoted the sentiment expressed by the hosts who allowed him to interview them:
"One black man is a delightful dinner guest; 50 black men is a ghetto."White communities are traditionally very protective of their closed-in, white racist aristocracy, and expend a great deal of time attempting to control the Black people that find themselves within that reach. Consequently, Black people routinely experience continuous aggressive behavior — that range from the brutal, white supremacist ‘lynchings by cop,’ all the way to the more frequent micro-aggression harassment — that force them to be in a high-alert, semi-paranoia, stressful state the majority of the time. It’s been this way since the founding of the country.
Joshua Hodge - Why aren’t there any Blacktopias?
Muhammad Rasheed - Reason #1: Atlanta race riot
Reason #2: Tulsa race riot
Reason #3: Chicago race riot of 1919
Reason #4: Rosewood massacre
Reason #5: Red Summer
Reason #6: Springfield race riot of 1908
Reason #7: New York City draft riots
Reason #8: East St. Louis Race Riots
Goshen Mosby - I wonder how well a white person might do in a predominantly black community?
Muhammad Rasheed - They would make her president of the NAACP chapter.
Goshen Mosby - Oh, I'm sure.
As you are probably already aware, racism simply doesn't exist in black communities.