In our struggle to obtain self-worth through the acquisition of power and prestige, its easy for blacks to look down on other blacks who weren't fortunate enough to capitalize on, or even possess, the tools and opportunities requisite to acquire such things.
On the other hand, blacks in America have to take steps toward freeing themselves from the systematic oppression that binds us.This must be done by establishing unity amongst the haves and the have-nots of the black populace.
We must stop perpetuating the William Lynch ideology.
Blacks have to learn who we are and what we are truly capable of. This entails more than studying African culture. Its common knowledge that blacks built America. Many inventions that whites have taken credit for and whose progeny still get rich off were brought to us through beautiful black minds. Our most recognized architecture was built by blacks. Yet today, the media instills in our youth that the best opportunities for our success are in entertainment or maybe military service.
All the bits of our history taught during February should serve as reminders that our people can overcome anything. Whether it be the cotton gin, light bulb, or peanut products, we have a lot to be proud of. We even have a black president--though some say he doesn't know what it's like to struggle like the rest of us.
The few blacks who are fortunate enough to be subjected to environments that nurture intellect and then later find avenues whereby the can excel within this capitalistic economy have no right to look down upon the less fortunate. Granted, I too grow tired of hearing capable adults make excuses for their personal failures. However, a person's lifestyle is almost always dictated by the belief system they internalized as small children.
Here lies the true issue.
Black communities were systematically poisoned. It's still happening. Housing projects in their various forms, the government organized illegal drug and gun trade, the ready availability of cheap alcohol in and around black communities are not happenstance!
When blacks seemingly escape the inherited yolk of oppression and graduates to economic mobility get big-headed enough to look down on those who fall victim to this system, they become a part of the problem. Worse still, are those who enable inactivity, finger pointing, and excuse making with cries for handouts or by providing them.
The black community can only be aided by ending the underhanded war that is being fought against them. Cries for money are usually nothing more than selfishly motivated hoopla. Its time for those who are in power to be held accountable for the drugs they import, the conspiracy to profit off the prison industry, and the under education and mis-education of black people. Until these occurrences are put to a stop, the black community will remain a subculture of self-destructive delinquents, despite the cosmetic opportunities some are rewarded as wage slaves.
Dread Scott vs. Sanford proves the Supreme Court knew the rights given to Americans by the Constitution didn't include blacks. The 13th, 14th, and 15th, Amendments gave us a few rights, but no one was expected to insure them for us. In fact the 13th guarantees we can be put into slavery all over again. Even the beloved President Clinton signed a bill limiting the exercise of our so-called rights in 1996.
Can anyone see that the real governing body in America intends to keep its foot on the necks of blacks?
Supaman Tion Terrell