James Liddell: Is The Image Of Black People In Shambles?
Recently I had the pleasure of reading the YourBlackWorld.net article, “12 Years a Slave Posters Recalled for Allowing White Saviors to Overshadow Black Star” and it somewhat shed some light on an interesting subject in my mind – the black image overall and relative to other races.
Reminiscent of the Civil Rights movement…we marched…EVERYBODY benefited. It’s been stated time and again, “Why can’t WE do anything that’s strictly beneficial to US? Why must we remain INDIRECT beneficiaries of our own DIRECT efforts?” This thought process seems to have taken hold within the Black psyche and is revealing itself in a general distain for promoting ourselves. Of course, all this remains in a world where all other races have no qualms putting themselves first, even at our detriment. Not to paint them as a bad or evil or any foolishness like that but to set the foundation for the understanding of the basic nature of the world in which we live. Seems everyone understands this (and benefits from it) except blacks. It’s increasingly important to follow up whatever successes we achieve with a consistent positive image of our people and our culture, which directly correlates into social power for blacks residing in positions of power. If other racial groups, which are in a much stronger standing than the black community, fell the need to do it, then we certainly must do it and at an ever-increasing rate should we have hope to “catch-up”. Catch-up here, meaning remove ourselves from the lower-rung of the social latter and from becoming, in the words of Dr. Claud Anderson, “A permanent lower class”. I believe this is indeed a reasonable possibility especially considering our lack of advancement as a community under the first black President of the United States. No, not blaming anyone or pointing fingers, however we have much to do and we MUST take note of our progress as to direct our efforts into the MOST beneficial paths.
Social racial power is real. People see and judge by races and generally make assumptions on others based on the condition of that individuals overall people and community. Is this right or wrong? We actually have NO time to even engage that discussion. Time is a luxury we’re running quite short on. Any attempt to change this is a sure waste of time and against just about every law of nature there’s ever been. Prejudice, racism and discrimination are all by-products of a human existence. Do we have to be perfect? No. Can individuals attain accomplishments on their own merit? Of course… We can name countless blacks that have accomplished the impossible while our general community remains in shambles. Let’s see how much we could accomplish should “the splinter” be removed.
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