this has been on my mind....
Scariest words I have ever heard or read are "black people are not oppressed". Should I mention the fact it came from a white man? Mmm or should I mention there are black people who share this same thought? Should I also mention most parties who feel this way either come from a life of privilege or have fought tooth and nail to remove themselves from an outwardly oppression environment that they might have faced; instead I will make or try to make my point as clear as I can.
When we talk about oppression we are indeed saying "prolonged cruel or unjust treatment or control" of a people. Also we are referring to the "mental pressure or distress" of a people. A lot of intelligent people tend to forget that last piece. Oppression can come in the form of being pushed into the ghettos or denied financial assistance or never given your 40 acres and mule or being unjustly perceived as more violent because you are a person of color or black. We as a people are oppressed. The fact that when that is said it is met with immediate denial shows a person's ignorance to the matter. If you choose to stay ignorant, please keep your ignorant thoughts to yourself.
When every school in America no matter the neighborhood or economic standing of its people receives the same amount of education as its counter parts. When every parent of color does not have to have the "talk" with their sons and daughters about how police will assume you are up to no good, about how you should keep your hands on the steering wheel, about how you should make eye contact but not to much. When organizations such as the KKK are no longer allowed to publicly or privately practice their bigot and racists beliefs because it is justly listed as a terrorists organization. (Please do not compare the Black Lives Matter movement who advocates for peaceful protests to the KKK which is an organization that has been involved in the countless rap, murder, and pillage of black people and their culture.) When the confederate flag is no longer allowed to waive because it is not a form of Southern pride but instead a slap in the face to those people who were forced to fight to stay oppressed, instead it is a shameful but true blemish on how the people of the South felt about blacks; "no more than cattle" or "inferior" I believe are terms that were used. When there are no longer rules in schools informing young black children not to wear the hair that grows naturally from their head. When the prisons racial demographics is in line with our societies demographics. Know my list goes on but I will stop there. Just make it fair to say that when these things are met we may finally move from the word oppression to progress.