Choose Justice and Equality Over Reparation: Is it Time To Change the conversation around Black people?
If peace means accepting second class citizenship, then I don’t want it. If peace means keeping my mouth shut in the midst of evil and injustice, then I don’t want it. If peace means being complacent and accepting the status quo, then I don’t want it. If peace means being passive, then I don’t want it. If peace means a willingness to be exploited and humiliated, then that’s the kind of peace that I don’t want—-DR. KING (from his speech in Louisville Kentucky , 1956)
This article makes Interesting and unique points, many I agree with wholeheartedly, especially the importance of intergenerational financial and emotional supports. Both are lacking in black communities. Fortunately, the latter requires no money. But I disagree with experts.
We should not expect anything except to fight for equality and justice. We need community metrics to measure those outcomes and others.
We need the expertise of our experts to educate, mentor or sponsor blacks within black communities. Many successful blacks in positions of influence do not use their influence to help the masses of blacks or those blacks outside their social (inner circle) class and that is a pity. These experts are often called upon to be the voices of blacks, please be MEANINGFUL voices of productivity for our people.
Blacks have no foundation for sustained success in helping other blacks up the ladder– unlike other successful culture that planted and built foundations of success along the way. In other words, create infrastructures to help other blacks instead of relying on other cultures or making racism a scapegoat and crutch. If I grew up thinking every weird look or negative response from whites was due to racism I would not have completed college. Those thoughts are self-defeating.
I used to be embarrassed by Rev Al Sharpton. Today, I respect him more than many other black leaders. Whites labelled him because he brought race, discrimination and bigotry to the dinner table. In retrospect, it took guts. And I thank him for his contributions and support of poor black folks. He spread awareness…we need to move on…change the discussion to self-efficacy.
Finally, based on my experience, many blacks feel entitled to reparations or focus on blame rather than self-improvement. Everything is a gift. I tire of excuses ….whining without action is not productive but rather destructive and a waste of time. Excuses layered on top of underlying self-doubt, negativity and mistrust of the world. The latter three is where we as blacks need to start as a community.
Blacks need to feel safe, to feel a sense of well-being and self-efficacy. Self-Efficacy will only come with equality, justice, health and access.
Those of us who are blazing the way to enlighten our people everywhere, are at times very much annoyed and discouraged by acts of our own people. They do so many things to hurt our feelings of loyalty, and love for the race, but what can we do? Can we forsake them because they hurt our feelings, surely not. Painful though it may be, we must be sympathetic and we must be forgiving. So when that ignorant fellow who happens to be a member of our race, stands up to block some cause that will benefit our people, you will be able to overlook him—–MARCUS GARVEY (from the Philosophy and Opinions of Marcus Garvey)
If only those great leaders were here today….