Dr. Umar Johnson has had Black Twitter abuzz over the past week.
He is one of the more polarizing figures in Black culture today. Dr. Johnson is an unapologetic Pan-Africanist. He is Pro-Black to the death. I commend that. I also commend the mission of his works as long as they come from a genuine place. But is it possible that his stance on interracial marriage could be taking it too far?
Dr. Johnson believes that in order for our people to progress, it has to start with a complete household. He believes that a Black man should be marrying a Black woman. Any Black man that doesn’t do so, he would have a tough time respecting. Dr. Johnson spent some time on TVOne this week with Roland Martin. He clarified some remarks including his stance on interracial marriage, check it out below:
Now I am all for marrying a Black woman.
I love them with my entire being. Dr. Johnson sees marriage as a political statement first and everything else second. I believe that when it comes to marriage, what someone values is subjective.
I don’t believe that anyone can mandate how anyone should marry.
I think Dr. Johnson gave compelling arguments. They have some validity. But he also has to understand that everyone does not prioritize things the same ways. There are folks that are ready to marry someone who they simply believe they can trust deeply. Some folks just want to make sure who they marry will be a good parent. Some Black people are not as connected to the movement as Dr. Johnson is. Whether or not that’s a problem is independent of the fact that this is what it is. Some folks just need a freak in the bed that has a steady income. Some people want to marry someone who they have nothing but fun with. It all varies. I think Dr. Johnson’s remarks are ignorant of the other things that simply make folks happy.
This is a common thing with people who have radical views. Radical doesn’t mean bad, but it just means contrary to the norm. Farrakhan believes that for us to excel as a people, we have to be willing to DIE. Maybe he’s right; admittedly, I’m not willing to.
We’re in a really special time. People are taking longer in many respects to become established. Folks are so consumed with advancing personally and achieving their personal goals that they aren’t as committed to movements as they would like to be. When you live in a city like New York, you have such a hustler’s mentality. You’re out there trying to get it.
I don’t believe marrying Black is our problem as a culture.
I believe more of us have to continue to get ourselves in more prominent positions. We have to attain resources to push causes forward, we have to have our people interested in government involvement. I liken this to when they go over safety details on a flight. They say you can’t help someone with their air pump unless you set yourself up first. It’s the same concept to me. Black people have to work hard and be prominent individually to help push things forward collectively.
I love my people.
I’m pretty sure I will marry Black. But everyone has their own agendas, and your respect for someone shouldn’t be contingent upon how they choose to marry. I think that’s a deplorable mentality and simply as a human, sets people back. There isn’t any room for that type of mentality for anyone of a sound mind. It just isn’t right.
So no, I don’t believe marrying White is any indication of a Black person’s lack of connection to the struggle. People are who they are, and that goes for is they decide to even marry or not. Furthermore, we have to be better than the idea of not respecting someone for a choice they made for their own personal happiness.
I’m not being dismissive at all.
I know some Black women hate to see a Black man with a white woman. We also have to bear in mind that Black women also marry White men. Some folks don’t necessarily need their partner to identify with their struggle. It isn’t a priority of theirs. Why can’t we respect that for what it is and continue to inspire in our own ways? I think we’re just worrying about the wrong things. Dr. Johnson should continue to be challenged. Love is love.
These are my words and I make no apologies.