Andrew M. Manis Asks ‘When Are WE (White People) Going to Get Over It?’

Andrew Manis
Andrew Manis

For much of the last forty years, ever since America “fixed” its race problem in the Civil Rights and Voting Rights Acts, we white people have been impatient with African Americans who continued to blame race for their difficulties. Often we have heard whites ask, “When are African Americans finally going to get over it?

Now I want to ask: “When are we White Americans going to get over our ridiculous obsession with skin color?

Recent reports that “Election Spurs Hundreds’ of Race Threats, Crimes” should frighten and infuriate every one of us.

Having grown up in “Bombingham,” Alabama in the 1960s, I remember overhearing an avalanche of comments about what many white classmates and their parents wanted to do to John and Bobby Kennedy and Martin Luther King Eventually, as you may recall, in all three cases, someone decided to do more than “talk the talk.”

Since our recent presidential election, to our eternal shame we are once again hearing the same reprehensible talk I remember from my boyhood.

We white people have controlled political life in the disunited colonies and United States for some 400 years on this continent. Conservative whites have been in power 28 of the last 40 years. Even during the eight Clinton years, conservatives in Congress blocked most of his agenda and pulled him to the right. Yet never in that period did I read any headlines suggesting that anyone was calling for the assassinations of presidents Nixon, Ford, Reagan, or either of the Bushes. Criticize them, yes. Call for their impeachment, perhaps. But there were no bounties on their heads. And even when someone did try to kill Ronald Reagan, the perpetrator was non-political mental case who wanted merely to impress Jody Foster

But elect a liberal who happens to be Black and we’re back in the sixties again. At this point in our history, we should be proud that we’ve proven what conservatives are always saying — that in America anything is possible, EVEN electing a black man as president. But instead we now hear that school children from Maine to California are talking about wanting to “assassinate Obama.”

Fighting the urge to throw up, I can only ask, “How long?” How long before we white people realize we can’t make our nation, much less the whole world, look like us? How long until we white people can – once and for all – get over this hell-conceived preoccupation with skin color? How long until we white people get over the demonic conviction that white skin makes us superior? How long before we white people get over our bitter resentments about being demoted to the status of equality with non-whites?

How long before we get over our expectations that we should be at the head of the line merely because of our white skin? How long until we white people end our silence and call out our peers when they share the latest racist jokes in the privacy of our white-only conversations?

I believe in free speech, but how long until we white people start making racist loudmouths as socially uncomfortable as we do flag burners? How long until we white people will stop insisting that blacks exercise personal responsibility, build strong families, educate themselves enough to edit the Harvard Law Review, and work hard enough to become President of the United States, only to threaten to assassinate them when they do?

How long before we starting “living out the true meaning” of our creeds, both civil and religious, that all men and women are created equal and that “red and yellow, black and white” all are precious in God’s sight?

Until this past November 4, I didn’t believe this country would ever elect an African American to the presidency. I still don’t believe I’ll live long enough to see us white people get over our racism problem. But here’s my three-point plan: First, everyday that Barack Obama lives in the White House that Black Slaves Built, I’m going to pray that God (and the Secret Service) will protect him and his family from us white people.

Second, I’m going to report to the FBI any white person I overhear saying, in seriousness or in jest, anything of a threatening nature about President Obama. Third, I’m going to pray to live long enough to see America surprise the world once again, when white people can “in spirit and in truth” sing of our damnable color prejudice, “We HAVE overcome.”

It takes a Village to protect our President!!!

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Andrew M. Manis is associate professor of history at Macon State College in Georgia and wrote this essay. It first appeared in the Macon Telegraph.

71 thoughts on “Andrew M. Manis Asks ‘When Are WE (White People) Going to Get Over It?’”

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  2. All these racists are trying to “flip the script!” All Mr. Manis was saying was recognizing that there has been an increase in racism because we have a black president.

    Good job Andrew for bringing truth to light. Those who wish to listen to your well thought out points shall. Those who wish not to listen simply proves your point.

    Peace & respect.

  3. Isaiah 10:1-4 (NIV):
    1 “Woe to those who make unjust laws, to those who issue oppressive decrees,
    2 to deprive the poor of their rights and withhold justice from the oppressed of my people, making widows their prey and robbing the fatherless. 3 What will you do on the day of reckoning, when disaster comes from afar? To whom will you run for help? Where will you leave your riches? 4 Nothing will remain but to cringe among the captives or fall among the slain.

  4. Professor Manis has proved again that ‘the truth hurts. The bitter denouncements only proved his point. White people need to get over it. All of this hatred against President Obama is not about policy, but about his race. Trying to make if out to be anything else if futile.
    Too many White people are afraid that they are losing white privileges and their feel good sense of superiority. It is as simple as that! If it is not, why would they have been so dead set against him before he was even elected? Why would they (Congressmen) meet on the day of his inauguration to plan how to make him a failure? Many white people have shown an ugly side of racism against this black President that is very hard to stomach.

    The Republican Party has deteriorated into a lying hate machine. They tell blatant lies that can easily be checked and foolishly keep repeating until they look quite frankly–mad.

  5. The sad thing is what he writes is true.most blacks don’t educate themselves before responding top useful topics like this one. If you’re white and don’t think about killing the president, that’s great, but when you see a black person getting arrested out beaten by a cop and don’t do (not say but an action of do) something about it.you’re condoning it. I’ve been beat twice in California without one person whipping out their camera phone, had to go to court and found innocent whole the cop didn’t even get that BS vacation on suspended with pay. The more you don’t dip a thing about the unfair treatment, the more you condone it. You should be recording ask the time to condemn not condone racism. Seeing it and letting it happen is the same as being part of it. So stop trying not to clump yourselves.a few of you would do something,i know but must wouldn’t. Slavery read so bad and still is that even our low willed blacks are suckered.calling a man who is for your people a racist name is like pointing out the white person who freed the slaves. Just idiotic. By business partner and very close friend would protect me cause he had before from these types of things. wake up and realize that blacks aren’t the enemy, we don’t bring violence, we aren’t savages. Any and all races

  6. there should be some white guilt, in the late 60s thru 70s my dad would take us fishing in fenton we,d sit by the river fishing when some carload of white people floor it throw a beer bottle and yell nigger they still do it to this day i did,nt understand it as a child still dont ! my poor dad been getting called nigger for 77 years i was astonished when dad told me how they watched all of thier college football through the fence because they were not allowed on any campus daddy said they,d get lynched if they stepped on a white mans shadow hell yeah get your white guilt on !

  7. What a complete moron. Racism is alive with the race baiters like Jesse jackson, Al Sharpton and yes even Barak Obama who could care less about poor blacks. There is white racism no doubt, but today it appears to be more prevalent in the black community. Why are the majority of blacks who can vote are voting for Obama? It certainly can’t be because he’s done so much for them. He’s dug them deeper into poverty. Its only because Obama is black. That’s racism. Professor Manis is mired in the world of academia where eggheads have hours to conjure up such absurdities. He needs to get over whatever guilt he’s personally feeling about being white.

  8. this is still being sent around by black people to white people after 3 years! this is exactly what stirs up the racial crap….keeps it stirred up. most whites don’t care what color our president is IF he is a good one and has the welfare of our great nation in mind. however, these “educated” folks want so badly to be “politically correct” they seem to have forgotten this country was based on the majority rules. now, if you are not a minority, you might as well forget it! one must be a minority for 1st pick at a good job, housing, colleges, etc. color should NOT matter, it should be the best person for the job – president or dogcatcher!!!

  9. Mr. Manis you article was right on point! I am an African male of mixed decent. I lived throught the bus boycotts, race riots, etc., and during it all I have learned to “overcome” racism and hate with my judeo-christian faith and love. Throughout history mankind has enslaved other men, either through wars, prejudices, power and greed; hence the U.S. is no different.

    I believe there are several issues into play – we need to look at each other as human beings and promote each other as our personal responsibility in love.

    I understand there may be some white guilt for what there ancestors have done to us many years ago, I do understand – but learn to forgive yourselves as most blacks through the teachings of Christ and Dr. King has already forgiven. We as blacks need to also forgive ourselves and lets move forward together to end this madness. Remember, there were many whites that were died with us in obtaining our freedoms.

    Please understand that when you see Black Enterprises, Jet Magazine, African American culture being strongly placed on display – it is not to hurt whites, it is only cultural pride, as whites should continue to have pride in themselves also, through their European events, resturants, markets, businesses, etc. We blacks have long be acceptable of white successes; so it is wrong to be acceptable to our successes, even hispanic successes, asian successes, native american, etc?

    It is true, there are numerous inventions and discoveries performed by all cultures (and yes it you check your history you will find that some of the inventions and/or discoveries by blacks were allowed by to be stolen by whites) – just stating historical fact (use your google search, and do some true research)

    No look at the Presidency, not all but some whites hate Obama regardless of what he says, or do. And, if there were drowning in a lake, they would not want him to save their life. So, this message is intended for those who are true Christians, you know who you are and so does the Father. Act now in love, through our Lord and Savior Jesus the Christ.

  10. Sorry for the typos and grammar errors – had to go quickly without proofing.

  11. Well written and very thoughtful article. Congrats! Mr. Manis, has without a doubt, stirred raw emotions within all who’ve read his article. “Getting over it” will never, ever happen. There are just too many whites who fail to recognize their own bigotry. I believe some try extremely hard to hide their superior and entitled mentalities; but when bigotry is part of your DNA it’s an impossible task to “Get over it”.

    Getting angry at the article and writing post’s intended to insult the author; is an indication of whites being unable to accept their racist subconscious. Bigotry is not an attitude, nor is it a personality trait or flaw; it’s a distinct characteristic, and a way of life. I believe every race displays behavior that could be considered racist; but the superior being characteristic is undoubtebly more prevalent in whites.

    A perfect example of the bigot DNA: At the airport the other day; I watched a young white female run towards me as I took my place in line as the first passenger getting ready to board an airplane. The line was approximately 40 to 50 patrons’ long; and I held a boarding pass with the number 1 on it. As an African American, I knew even before she reached the line; she would ask what my boarding pass number was. I was offended before she reached me, because I knew her bigoted superior DNA would assume I did not have the first boarding pass. She did indeed ask me what my boarding pass number was; to which I replied “I am not obligated to tell you what my boarding pass number is” As the statement left my mouth; the attendant began requesting boarding passes. One might assume that if she had ticket number 2 or 3; she might be concerned that she’d unjustifiably be made to get in line much further back; but I later learned that her boarding number was 8. So even if I’d not been number 1; she would not have boarded before the first 7 patrons in the line. This example may sound petty; but this is the kind of subtle indicators of bigotry black people encounter on a daily basis. The woman was shocked by my sharp tone and quick dismissal of her question; which further illustrated to me; she was one of those white people who don’t recognize their own bigoted logic, and disrespectful assertions because of their ingrained superiority thought processes. In my heart; I do not believe had I been a white passenger; she would have questioned the legitimacy of my place in line.

  12. Professor Manis, as a minority I applaud you! I have never experienced racism as I have until I moved to Alabama 9 years ago. Your courage is amazing on a topic that will definitely offend the offenders. Please remember, you fluffed feathers on many ‘chickens’, so do not let the ignorance of some of the comments left sway you from your beliefs and what is true because I see this just about every day in many shapes and forms. May God Bless you because as it is written, the first shall be last and the last first!

  13. Judging by the comments, I’d say the people who the article was intended for were too ignorant to get it.

    Not a huge shock, because they love to live in delusion. Those of us who want to get along with each other will, and the rest of you will just keep hating until it kills you.

    And the rest of us won’t miss you.

    Well done, Andrew Manis. Well done.

  14. Prof. Manis:
    Thank you for your courage. As you can see you’ve got the truly mentally ill people responding – any notion of supremacy based on skin color or anything else for that matter is DELUSIONAL – you’ve struck a deep seated fear. Besides being delusional, supremacy is deeply rooted in the fear that one is truly morally, intellectually, psycho-socially spiritually and physically INFERIOR.
    I stand with people of all races, colors, creed etc., who continue to make the UNITED STATES of AMERICA a better, more just place. We are NOT and have never been a “melting pot”. What we may be is that proverbial salad. We’re all in this together, we’re all different, but toss us up and we make one heck of statement.
    To those of you who are wrestling with your hatred of people who look like me. Think about that this Sunday at 10:00 AM when you are attending religious services and praying to Jesus – brown skinned, middle eastern man with wooly hair. Imagine that! As I imagine him having the last laugh on you all. Think about that when a Black doctor saves you life one day via an open heart technique that another Black man inaugurated. Think about that when a Black nurse’s assistant hands your father or mother a bedpan in the nursing home you’ve placed them. Think about that the next time you eat at a restaurant where an Hispanic or a Black is preparing your food. Think about that when the Asian man hands you your laundry or your dinner or your English paper in your next class. While you’re spinning into ignorance, his kid is probably solving the next world problem. Seriously, we only want the same things most Americans want: to live in freedom and to be left in peace.
    To those who disparage Pro. Minas: God bless you all, because my mother and father, despite having to protect their children from the likes of you and the worst racism ever, raised us to HATE the SIN and pray for the sinner. I assure you, YOUR children would NOT have survived what I did growing up. I can assure you they’d be in an institution or on heavy psychotropes. You’re a bit jealous that I have survived and you admire that I’ve survived any and everything you threw/continue to through at me. My parents taught me to have pity on you and to see you for what you really are.
    And that’s why I keep praying for you, for me and for the US. As I keep on moving forward, you spin into hatred. It’s your choice to stay in that decrepit state and die inside. Or, you can grow up and join the rest of the world. My hand is outstretched, the choice is yours.

  15. Dear All,
    I have kept quiet long enough. I believe if my identity was revealed, it could cost me a job, one that I do not have currently. Actually, I am black and do not agree with every policy that President Obama has put forth, but I do not agree with all policies of anyone in office. I am an individual. My vote was not based on race; it was based on not wanting a person who feels he should NOT pay equal taxes as the many people he employed or ex-employed when off-shoring jobs. I teach international business and want more Americans to be open minded to other international cultures, which is a hard bargain to begin with here in the USA. However, I worked for a Company that was responsible for off shoring jobs….and got in trouble for saying things being done were unethical…not excluding B- Capital.
    My question is “Why are whites so ANGRY?” Most whites are also a part of the Middle Class, enjoy a considerably larger percentage of jobs, pay more taxes that Romany, have not been the ruling class since America won its independence, benefitted from exploitation of Africans, Indians, Mexicans and Asians. Now you can experience what minorities have dealt with forever….can you deal with not having your wishes ALL the time? Remember – Bush/Chaney got us here – NOT Obama.

  16. Tell me, how can we truly have equality when we want to continue separating ourselves; i.e. “African-Americans”; “Latino-Americans”; etc.? Why can’t we value our individual cultures, but still be “Americans”, period? And yes, I agree, there is still racism in this country, but it is true with all races. When a black person is treated wrong by law enforcement or the media, etc., you will see either Jesse Jackson or Al Sharpton (or both)come to their aid to get their TV time. Why are they so obviously absent if it is a white person in a similar situation, if they are truly trying to fight injustice? Also, why is is considered racist if a white person disagree with Obama’s policies of big government and higher taxes? Was it racist when Herman Cain or Condalisa Rice disagreed with him? Now I’ve heard Democrats say it is racism because some Republicans don’t want Susan Rice as Secretary of State even though the Democrats fought to defeat Alan West and Mia Love and instead elect two white men. I guess my point is, while racism definitely still exists (on both sides), it has now politically convenient to use the “race card” if someone disagrees with you. JMHO.

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