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10 Hard Truths Black People Try to Avoid

UnderMiSensi
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edited January 2014 in R & R (Religion and Race)
10 Hard Truths Black People Try to Avoid
January 13, 2014 | Posted by Tracy

The enslavement of African people and its deep-seated impact continue to stall the progression of Black people in America and throughout the African world. The monumental task of advancing our peoples’ interest beyond the affects of slavery and colonization requires that we accept a few hard truths to get ahead. In the words of the honorable Marcus Garvey, “If you (Black people) cannot do what other men have done, what other nations have done, what other races have done, then you will have to die!”

truth colorblindness

1. Color blindness is a disempowering narrative

To teach Black people to not see race in an intrinsically racist society is to disarm our people from properly identifying the threats organizing around them. One key threat that Black people face is global white supremacy and its race-based ideology and institutions.

Psychologist Stephanie Fryberg writes in “When the World Is Colorblind, American Indians Are Invisible: A Diversity Science Approach:”

“In a colorblind world, whites, who are unlikely to experience the negative effects of race, can actively ignore the continued significance of racism in American society, justify the current social order, and feel more comfortable with their relatively privileged standing in society.”

2. We believe we are stronger because we “turn the other cheek”

We are weak, not strong when we align ourselves with the most pacifist verses in the Bible. As one of the most religious groups of people in the world, there is little reason why we remain at the bottom economically and otherwise. The following biblical verse should replace the “turn the other cheek” mentality.

In Luke 22:36 Jesus is quoted: “’But now,” he said, “if you have a wallet or a pack, take it; and if you don’t have a sword, sell your robe to buy one.”

3. Education is not race or culture neutral

From kindergarten to the university level, the Western education system is designed to teach students of all races to value and propagate the interest and culture of Western European people. Professor of Black Studies Dr. Leonard Jeffries said in a 1991 speech at the Empire State Black Arts and Cultural Festival in Albany, New York, “I think we have to understand that although we like to think of education as race-neutral and politically neutral, education is a part of racism.”

In other words, the Western education system is a participating and supporting institution within the broader system of global white supremacy.

4. Black feminist ideology is based on fantasy

It is a fantasy because it does not deal with the reality of how Black women became second-class citizens in the world.

Contrary to popular belief, prior to the Arab and Western European enslavement of African people, most African women lived in matriarchal societies where women’s power and influence was institutionalized.

Faro Z tells Liberator Magazine,

“Did the Black woman first start being abused by white supremacy in the 60′s? The Harlem Renaissance? No. It was when the first African woman lost her husband to slavery. Then, they came back for her. Then, they came back for her children. Then, they came back for the rest of her family. Black women are abused in this European society because Black men are powerless in this European society.”

The oppression of Black women historically and contemporary is not based primarily on gender, but rather on race. Today, both white men and women benefit from the abuse and dehumanization of Black women and Black men across the globe.

5. We have accepted the status quo that Europeans have and always will control the world

Dr. Amos Wilson writes in his book, Afrikan-Centered Consciousness Versus The New World Order: Garveyism in the Age of Globalism:

“The assimilationist often accepts, consciously or unconsciously, the idea that the white man will continue to rule the world. He bases his ideology and political action on the concept that somehow our destiny is not to overthrow the white man, that our destiny is not to suppress and bring these people under control, but to heal them in some sort of way, to convert them, to even become part of them. Our destiny becomes not one that sees the very system and very ideology upon which these oppressors move as one of sickness and insanity and therefore in need of replacement by an Afrikan-centered and healthy ideology that comes out of our own self-knowing. This leadership wants us to accept this sickness as normality and to follow these pathological beings into self-destruction.”

6.We have fooled ourselves into adopting the worst traits of our oppressor and frown upon those who attempt to emulate the better parts.

Amos Wilson bravely stated in a lecture on “Economics and Nationhood:” ”If you thought like whites, you would want your own nations, to control your own neighborhoods, to control your own economy, to have your own military, to control the resources in your own ground.”

7. The senseless killings of Trayvon Martin, Hadiya Pendleton et al. will continue

Violence in the Black community exists for many reasons, however many psychiatrists agree that self-hatred is a factor.

Dr. Amos Wilson elaborates: “The problem of Black on Black violence is a problem of cultural mis-orientation, self-alienation and self-hatred. What we are seeing manifest as Black on Black violence is an emulation of the cultural ways of our oppressor. We have internalized his ways.”

Psychiatrist Dr. James Gilligan asserts in “Violence: Reflections on a National Epidemic” that violence is caused by shame and humiliation.

To further exacerbate the state of affairs, Black people lack the institutional power to properly retaliate when violence by another race occurs in our community, and cannot significantly improve conditions for the masses of our people, such as low socioeconomic status, social deprivation, inadequate education, high unemployment, and the unjust criminal industrial complex.

8. No matter how hard we try to protect our immediate families from the impact of racism, if the collective interests of all Black people are not addressed, we’re all in danger.

9. Race-based organization works

Our success thrives on the platforms and institutions built and maintained by white males. Tomorrow, if America was re-segregated, we would be lost, destitute and at war with each other – more so than we are now.

10. To end on a positive note, despite the many perils of white supremacy, Black people would be significantly better off if we were organized around a central objective, the survival of our race. Europeans and Arabs are two of the most recent successful examples of people who organized along racial lines above national identity. The French and British have historically been at odds culturally and politically, however they quickly unite to fight against other non-white people.

http://atlantablackstar.com/2014/01/13/10-hard-truths-black-people-try-to-avoid/

Article made some good points and left out a lot of other "hard truths"
I'm sure feelings and butthurt are sure to follow
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  • Trollio
    Trollio Trollololololololololol Members Posts: 25,817 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Dynamite!!!!!
  • CapitalB
    CapitalB all these dollars.. no sense. Members Posts: 24,556 ✭✭✭✭✭
    i rock wit this..
  • A Talented One
    A Talented One stew Members Posts: 4,202 ✭✭✭
    11. Hip hop has done more to hurt, than help, black people.
  • Copper
    Copper The WickMembers Posts: 49,532 ✭✭✭✭✭
    GOAT thread
  • northside7
    northside7 Members Posts: 25,739 ✭✭✭✭✭
    GOAT. Interested in those other "hard truths"

    6,7,8, and 9 are heavy. Truth.
  • S2J
    S2J Members Posts: 28,476 ✭✭✭✭✭
    11. Hip hop has done more to hurt, than help, black people.

    Preach.
  • Meta_Conscious
    Meta_Conscious Hypocrite The BashmentMembers Posts: 26,227 ✭✭✭✭✭
    11. Hip hop has done more to hurt, than help, black people.

    get this trivial 🤬 the 🤬 out of here...
  • blakfyahking
    blakfyahking The IC's Resident Father Figure Members Posts: 15,785 ✭✭✭✭✭
    they forgot to add more about the Black church

    and religion in general


    "turning the other cheek" isn't the only flaw we ignore when it comes to how religion has mentally shackled a lot of Black folks
  • Antlerz
    Antlerz Miami USAMembers Posts: 3,143 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Word...Life
  • damobb2deep
    damobb2deep Members Posts: 19,972 ✭✭✭✭✭
    i rocks with the 1st one...
  • zombie
    zombie Members Posts: 13,450 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Marcus Garvey was correct and what we should do is modernize garveyism and internalize it's principles.
  • Meta_Conscious
    Meta_Conscious Hypocrite The BashmentMembers Posts: 26,227 ✭✭✭✭✭
    g'head and make that thread about hip hop. don't need to detract from this thread.
  • Meta_Conscious
    Meta_Conscious Hypocrite The BashmentMembers Posts: 26,227 ✭✭✭✭✭
    11. Hip hop has done more to hurt, than help, black people.

    get this trivial 🤬 the 🤬 out of here...

    Black youths look up to rappers. Rappers ain't 🤬 , cept for liars and modern day slaves. There is always a white man making money off of their backs. How is this trivial? Most rap is about guns, drugs, 🤬 , and materialistic 🤬 no one really needs. This is who they look up too? Explain your side to me.
    g'head and make that thread about hip hop. don't need to detract from this thread.

  • rip.dilla
    rip.dilla ... push up the fader... bust the meter... shake the tweeter Members Posts: 17,412 ✭✭✭✭✭
    In other words, the Western education system is a participating and supporting institution within the broader system of global white supremacy.



    Ha!
  • blakfyahking
    blakfyahking The IC's Resident Father Figure Members Posts: 15,785 ✭✭✭✭✭
    11. Hip hop has done more to hurt, than help, black people.

    get this trivial 🤬 the 🤬 out of here...

    Black youths look up to rappers. Rappers ain't 🤬 , cept for liars and modern day slaves. There is always a white man making money off of their backs. How is this trivial? Most rap is about guns, drugs, 🤬 , and materialistic 🤬 no one really needs. This is who they look up too? Explain your side to me.

    who's fault is that tho?

    and in general there are white men making money off 🤬 in other industries, so why single hip-hop out for that?
  • NoCompetition
    NoCompetition Members Posts: 3,661 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited January 2014
    The first problem i have with these type of things is it puts evrybody together just because their skin is darker or whatever. Everybody is an individual. This list is falling victim to the same limiting nonsense in many ways. But if somebody wanna sit around worryin about all that, thats them. Like it says "we" this and that. But of course not every black person thinks the same. However im way past this so if it gets some thinking, cool.
  • zombie
    zombie Members Posts: 13,450 ✭✭✭✭✭
    I DON'T KNOW any black youth that look up to rappers as men. As artist sure, but the youth don't pattern their behavior after rappers in fact i think it's the other way around especially for new rappers.
  • A Talented One
    A Talented One stew Members Posts: 4,202 ✭✭✭
    Seems like these dudes aren't ready to accept some hard truths.
  • MoneyPowerRespect
    MoneyPowerRespect Members Posts: 2,332 ✭✭✭✭✭
    I'm feeling this list.
  • KingFreeman
    KingFreeman Way UpMembers Posts: 13,731 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Etherous
  • obnoxiouslyfresh
    obnoxiouslyfresh Still Ginny From The Block Members Posts: 11,496 ✭✭✭✭✭
    DAMN This was some good 🤬 ! Can we sticky this?


    AMEN BROTHER!
  • FourEfil
    FourEfil Members Posts: 1,911 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Why does everyone's 🤬 have their skin color but black people don't? I mean we use too
  • Meta_Conscious
    Meta_Conscious Hypocrite The BashmentMembers Posts: 26,227 ✭✭✭✭✭
    sigh...
    y'all really gonna ignore these great points and talk about hip hop?
    ok blacks...
    I did a scholarly search to find research linking hip hop to anything detrimental to blacks... I could not.
    If y'all can, go ahead...