While most of the world is struggling, black Americans are well behind the curve, as compared to most other groups in America. What was once an intentional act to limit negroes, is now a self-administered poison, in conjunction with the actions of others with an entrenched perspective of us. Those who implemented the black codes and Jim Crow laws had no clue how this would grow through the generations. Black people don’t need government instituted reparations, but we do reparations in our culture, education of life, and living in this world. We need to pull together to do it, not apart, letting others fend for themselves. Everyone requires help.
My friend mentioned, in passing, after dealing with the murder of his brother, “I wonder how much more I could do, if I wasn’t dealing with being black.” He had so many dreams that he cant see realized because of having to worry about violence. He went on to say, “I love us, but I don’t like us.” Meaning he loves his brothers ad sister, but not the bullshit we stereotypically do; especially our crabs in a barrel mentality. His comments mirrors those made by many black people. One of those being Arthur Ashe, who wondered how much more he could have achieved if he didn’t have to deal with certain racial issues.
Ashe may feel he could have been more than a tennis player, activist, or motivational speaker, but he felt limited, or subjugated. He was able to achieve that much despite the racial problems he faced. Ashe is also quoted as saying “racism is not an excuse to not do the best you can.” He certainly did a great job. You gotta go do you, in the face of haters and non-supporters. This is your life.
Warren Buffet, in a video recorded interview with Forbes, accompanied by Jay-Z, mentioned how lucky he was throughout his life. Buffet enumerated some of his lucky moments, one of which was that he was lucky to not be born black in the 1930s.
Black people have real and imagined hurdles that stem from the melanin content in our skin, or what geographical location we originated. Really silly, but it’s really real. With this racism comes mental blocks and energy saps of thought. The exertion of effort in trying to deal with racial issues, if applied elsewhere could create limitlessness. For example, the “black community” is outraged by the Trayvon Martin issue, but why can’t the “black community” be as involved in the global economic problems, climate change issues, medical advancement, dietary problems, depletion of earth’s resources, the lack of corporate social responsibility, innovating the next big thing, or discovering new things or methods?
This is a sweeping generalization, but it’s very true–for the most part. I wish our concern was greater than the fact that blacks deal with poverty and jail time at a disproportionately higher rate than non-blacks. I’m saddened that our biggest achievements seem to be in what we can acquire for ourselves, even if it is education.
I hope that the social change issue for African Americans is as concerning as the rest of the issues that other people are concerned with. I guess, we can’t care about that until this oppression, which consumes us stops–huh? I also presume that black people can’t wait for a day that may never come to start caring about all the world issues. We have to start living in the world and creating–positively–in this world, outside of a few realms. It’s hard to do anything worth doing. This is worth doing and it will be hard.
I feel like a lack knowledge, in combination with the way neighborhoods are comprised is resulting in genocide of African Americans (we are just Americans with a mixture of descent). We are going to have to fight and learn and and live and love differently than we do now.