If one has been following this site since the beginning, you have witnessed a solid 14 months of stories that make up the bulk of Stuff Black People Don’t Like.
We have brought to light many stories that highlight a growing sense of unease throughout the United States and on a lighter note discussed the many peculiarities and idiosyncrasies of Black people through our numbered entries. Before we return to the latter and continue to chronicle the expanding list of SBPDL’s, please allow one quick observation.
Dude, Where’s My Car?, is a comedy that came out in 2001 and includes a few memorable scenes, most notably an attempted order at a Chinese restaurant that turns quickly into farce. Three friends attempt to satiate themselves with takeout fare, but the attendant taking their order continues to pester them with the query, “and then?” even after they have come to conclusion of their order:
Chinese Foooood Lady: And then?
Jesse: No "and then"!
Chinese Foooood Lady: And then!
This routine goes on and on for a number of minutes (watch it here), with the question always “and then?” greeting each part of their order, even when they have finished.
What is the point of bringing up an obscure reference from a largely forgotten 2001 comedy? Simply this: for Black Run America (BRA), there will always be the question of “and then?” after each attempt to ameliorate any negative predicament that Black people face and continually endure.
The past will always be exploited by Disingenuous White Liberals to its fullest potential to garner sympathy for the current sorrowful state of Black America and used to validate all present and persistent inequities that exist.
No matter the strides that have been made to eliminate all forms of racism toward Black people in every sector of American society (housing, jobs, acceptance to elite universities, loans, etc), Black people and their DWL-enablers will always ask the question and then? Indeed, it is now members of the dwindling and declining majority who face the state-sponsored discrimination.
If tomorrow a plan was approved by Congress to give every Black person reparations for slavery in the form of free housing (by either eliminating the remaining mortgage owed or providing new housing), free tuition at the college (regardless of their SAT/ACT/GPA scores) of their choice and a yearly stipend in the form of $20,000, even this gesture wouldn’t prove enough to serve as the collective mea culpa necessary to extirpate the sins of the past that DWL’s constantly dredge up.
There will always be an “and then?” accompanying any attempt of tribute offered to those currently wallowing in the avarice that white guilt provides.
There can be no peace and it is important that you understand any attempt at offering concessions will only intensify the “and then?” inquiry.
Even if every CEO of a Fortune 500 company was Black; even if every head coach of an NFL and major College Football program was Black; even if every elected official, judge and government employee in America was Black; even if every TV show featured only Black actors and actresses, well, even in this hypothetical situation, the question of “and then?” would still be asked.
“And then?” is what every company or college hears when they create a diversity or minority outreach program. “And then?” is the resounding question that will never cease, even if a bill were passed exonerating Black people from ever paying taxes again and if cops were precluded from ever bothering Black people again.
Like the Chinese takeout lady questioning the characters in the film Dude, Where’s My Car?, those who attempt to find commonality through compromise and atone for transgressions that transpired long ago will only be greeted with two words: “and then?”What will 2042 look like, if demographic trends continue unabated? Regardless, the never-ending question of "and then?" will persist and pester that dwindling population of white people tasked with perpetuating the very system that brought about their displacement.
Something tells me that long before this celebratory date that would usher in a nation no longer majority white, someone is going to utter "no, 'and then'."