Black America is in turmoil when compared to almost every other race within the United States. Besides the Native Americans we are the most impoverished group of people and have the lowest opportunity to achieve success within the United States. I know there are more poor whites than poor blacks but I’m speaking in comparative terms of other races. The image of us is skewed to project a horrible, negative perception about us amongst people across the world and we seem to embrace these perceptions and stereotypes by perpetuating them. In terms of social mobility and a better future, that seems to be none existent when you examine the attitudes and behaviors of most African-Americans. We tend to let our negative surroundings and the perceived perception of our race bring us down to a lower state of acceptance and are okay with the little that is offered to us.
Let me state that I’m not speaking in terms of all, just voicing my opinion on what seems to be the majority. Great amounts of our people seem to have been brainwashed with the belief that success and wealth come without hard work or by promoting foolish antics. There seems to be no united competitive drive with our race as can be seen within the Asian race or other races who are minorities within the United States. As people who were forced here and built this country great wealth, why are we not further elevated in status and prospering from our past hardships? Maybe because many of us cannot internalize that intense pain and struggle and do not realize how fortunate we are to have the opportunities we currently have. As a race, our people should have just as much authority as our Caucasian counterparts. Yes, I know we are still discriminated against in the job market and justice system but as a united force we can surely overcome these obstacles. The amount of time and money we put into frivolous things and possessions can be allocated towards strategic community building and long-term investments.
But this is just me rambling about some of the things I have witnessed over the years and am seeing on a continual basis. I rant because I want to see my people thrive and be seen in more authoritative and important positions across all avenues of influence. But the attitudes and efforts I am currently seeing make that a hard vision to realize. We need more accountability and leaders that can guide those who are searching for the opportunity to grow but this is something that has been repeated constantly throughout time. So it leaves the question of how do we pick up were the Civil Rights movement left off. We have the rights that were fought so hard for but seem to have squandered the collective power and unity that the movement had. A few of our people achieving greatness and success does not cure these lingering social ills if the majority are still lost within struggle. This is a topic I will continuously speak on and try to provide my insight on what I believe can be solutions to these problems.
Posted on February 18, 2011, in Education, Leadership, Self-Improvement and tagged African American, Black America, black history, Challenges, collaboration, communication, Community, Competitive drive, determination, Economic development, Future, Human Behavior, lack of unity, Leadership, Miscommunication, necessary effort, Productivity, Survival, Vision, work ethic. Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.