Many facts prove that I am not Black, because I'm not! I know that I do not overstand the Black experience, or the Chinese experience, or the Latino experience, etc., that is why InI seek overstanding thru reasoning.
I take the I's point, even tho it IS completely legal to assemble freely in America regardless of race, there is a shameful history of the kind of white opposition (fear really) to exclusively black gatherings that the I refers to and Iman recognize the remnants of that history still reside in the hearts of some ignorant white people.
Some whites ( I assume) are opposed to all-black institutions because they fear the possibility of suffering revenge or retribution from those whom they have victimized in the past. Other white people are not opposed to such gatherings, but wish not to be excluded because they want to help, they are pained by the ugly injustices suffered by black people in the West and want to be part of the solution.
Also, this is 2006, not 1906, and the so-called "Million Man March" was not Selma, let InI recognize the slow but steady progress that history shows, while never forgeting to honor the courageous ones who suffered and sacrificed so much to bring us to where we are today and who inspire us to finish the work and establish true human equality and justice for all peoples.
I am truly sorry for, even sickened by, the racist history of this country and the treatment that black people have recieved here at the hands of white people. But, I am in no way personally responsible for these atrocities and cannot accept the blame for them. Iman must think in terms of the future and take responsibility for creating a future where what a person looks like has no more significance than their blood type.
Iman see that to reach that place a healing must take place within the black community, a healing which white people, regardless of their honest desire to help, cannot be a part of. Iman also feel that the black community's recognition of non-black people who stand in solidarity with their cause would be helpful toward realizing the goal of true equality and upliftment of all peoples. Maybe the time for that recognition has not yet come, I don't know.
Blessed Love, Empress, and thank you for being you, Iman apprecilove the I's reasoning every time.