Stop Saying We Need More Black Doctors, Lawyers, etc.!

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I know this title sounds bad, but hear me out. I hear so many black people say, “We don’t need anymore black basketball players and entertainers. We need more black lawyers and doctors.” Although this is true, my problem with this is people acting like they don’t know WHY there aren’t more black doctors and lawyers. They actually avoid talking about WHY.

Another issue I have is that people who say this perpetuate the idea that black youth only want to be athletes and entertainers, which is absolutely NOT true AT ALL! That is a racist and stereotypical idea, whether you knew that or not. Just because you see more black athletes and entertainers on TV than you see black doctors and lawyers doesn’t mean anything. You can ask many black children what they want to be when they grow up and you will hear all kinds of different answers. You won’t hear JUST “athlete” or “entertainer”. TV is a LIE! Stop taking everything you see on there as the end all be all!

One reason why there aren’t more black doctors and lawyers is because going to college for these professions is incredibly expensive. Many black parents simply can’t afford to send their kids to college to become a doctor or lawyer. Scholarships and grants exist, yes, but they’re not always easy to get. And the ones that are easier to obtain don’t cover much of the cost.

Another reason, and this is the one that I feel people like to dance around the most, is that there is heavy racism in professions like these. People love pretending that racism doesn’t exist anymore. We hear way too many stories about how poorly the medical system treated black people throughout history and the present. We hear way too many stories about how poorly and unjustly the judicial system treated black people throughout history and the present. With all these stories that we hear, what makes you think they would make it easy for black people to come up in these professions?

It’s easier for a black person to become an athlete or entertainer than it is to become a doctor or lawyer. Many colleges and universities give full ride scholarships to black students to come play basketball of they’re good enough, but not many colleges and universities are giving full ride scholarships to black students to come study to become a doctor or lawyer.

Stop acting like you don’t know the real reasons why there aren’t more black doctors and lawyers. Everybody wants to talk about problems and issues in the black community, but no one wants to talk about the reason why the problems and issues exist in the first place. We will never find solutions to problems if we ignore the roots of the problems.

What we should be saying is, “Colleges and universities need to be more affordable and accessible for all people.” And “More things need to be done about racism, especially in the medical and judicial fields”.

If we want more black doctors and lawyers, the solutions will have to be that colleges need to be more affordable and obtainable. More needs to be done about filtering racism in these professions instead of simply pretending they don’t exist. We need to acknowledge these things or there will never be enough black lawyers and doctors.

We need to stop acting like going to college to become a doctor or lawyer is easy. We need to stop acting like black people simply aren’t choosing to become doctors and lawyers. There’s reasons why there aren’t more black doctors and lawyers and we know them all! Let’s stop lying about and/or ignoring this issue and start working to change things!

The Side Effects Of Interracial Dating

I’ve noticed that a lot of black men and women online who date or marry interracially love to talk down about their own people. They are always talking about what they hate about each other, how much they aren’t attracted to each other, or how much happier they are dating interracially.

I’ve always asked myself whenever I see those types of comments that: If these black men and women are so happy dating interracially, why are they still talking about each other so much? Why don’t they just take their nonblack partner and be happy and just leave each other alone? Because I feel like that would be the most simple solution. If you’re so happy dating interracially, why would there still be an urgent need to talk about each other so much?

The more I thought about this question, the more I began to believe that this just might be a side effect that black people experience while interracial dating or promoting it. And there are a few reasons why I believe these side effects occur.

One of the reasons is, I believe, deep down, black people feel like they aren’t supposed to be dating interracially at all. So, all the negative talk is them looking for excuses to keep doing it anyway. They would even use negative stories about each other in the news and negative statistics as an excuse for why they date interracially.

Another reason is that, deep down, they feel like the only way to appeal to other races of people is to hate their own people. I believe that these people are, knowingly or unknowingly, trying to appeal to the racist side of these people of other races. Deep down, they think that they have a higher chance of attracting other races of people by showing that they hate their own people.

The other reason I have is that these black men and women are only dating/marrying interracially to spite each other. Based on some of the stories I’ve heard online and in real life, a lot of black men and women feel hurt by each other. A lot of them feel rejected, abused, used, unattractive to, and/or cheated by each other, and they’re just tired of it. They don’t really want to date interracially. They want to date their own people, but they don’t feel like their own people treat them right. So, they date interracially to be happier or get revenge on each other.

And I’m pretty sure there are some of those who only talk negatively about each other and promote interracial dating/marriage just for attention on social media. They’re only doing it to get people talking about them and get likes or whatever they’re looking for.

But also, another main thing I noticed is that a lot of black women who date or promote dating interracially hate when black men date interracially and vice versa. It’s the huge hypocrisy for me that has me questioning even more. If these people think dating and marrying their own people is so bad, why are they so mad when they see each other dating interracially? I thought that was their main point. I think this is yet another side effect of interracial dating. Dating interracially has them confused. They don’t know what they really want.

I’m just tired of seeing black people throw each other under the bus just because they want to date/marry interracially. They can really just go do it and be happy, but they won’t. There’s probably many more reasons than what I named here for why black people do this, but those are the only ones I can think of for now. I’m starting to believe black people have these side effects because they feel like they aren’t supposed to be dating interracially in the first place.