My country shitted on me (My country)
She wants to get rid of me (Naw, never)
Cause the things I seen (We know too much)
Cause the things I seen (We seen too much)
~Nas, “My Country”
Did you think Hitler was the only who experimented with eugenics? Well, think again. It also happened in the good ‘ole USA, where those in power saw it fit to sterilize predominantly poor woman of color – Black women – since they were “promiscuous” and “unfit for society.”
This went on until the 1970s, and some victims are still alive today. I knew about it, but – subhan’Allah – I had no idea this went until the 1970s, after the Civil Rights movement.
Actually, come to think of it, I can recall a conversation I had with my mother about this issue. Shortly after she birth to me, she told me the doctors approached her and suggested, without any real reason, that she have all her eggs removed, to which she replied, “Hell Nah!” This was in the mid 80s, so I wouldn’t be the least bit surprised in continued even after the 70s.
When I see and reads things of nature, I wonder how come so many Immigrant populations are so quick to express their approbation of America. I guess nobody bothered to investigate the Blackamerican perspective on the historical paradox that is America; or, they’d rather not cause a stir amongst the people who gave them or their parents their Green Cards; or, on a less cynical note, people have their own history here and it might not necessarily intertwine with us Blacks to noticeable extents. Concerning the latter, I’m not sure how that’s possible given the racial diversity of America. Allahu’Alim.
Don’t get me wrong: America is my home, whether I like or it. But America also happens to be a perpetual source of protest.