Much time is spent complaining about the present state of affairs for people of African-American people in North America and around the world. If there is a common problem that seems to plague a large number of Americans in general, African-Americans tend to experience the worse-case scenarios. There were Africans who came to what is now called North America many years before Columbus came to make his alleged claim. Ivan Van Sertima covers this topic well in his book The African Presence in Ancient America: They Came Before Columbus.
When the largest number of African-Americans came to North America, we came as slaves. However, Since that time, we have had to fight for every freedom we presently experience. The book The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism by Ed Baptist presents thorough coverage of this topic. We owe our ancestors a great deal of gratitude for the sacrifices they have relentlessly made. Yes, we are answers to their prayers. Because of them we are able exist in America in the manifested hope that only filled their hearts. When our ancestors marched for miles in the heat, smiled to hide the anger and tears, labored under the weight of brutality, and endured undeserved horrific physical, mental, and psychological abuse—the generations to come were on their minds. For that I am so, so, truly thankful. Someone else thought of me. They understood that we are all connected. The blood of our ancestors runs in our veins whether we acknowledge it or not. In part, this is why I am compelled to share now in this forum.
We have come a long way because of the profound sacrifices of other people just like you and me but we have so much further to go. Should we have the audacity to forget and dismiss their efforts as if they have no meaning for us today? For centuries people unwaveringly struggled so that we could attain greater than they did in America. We have not attained a certain level of success as African-Americans in this society simply because we are intelligent, attractive, or clever. None of our intellect would matter had our ancestors not fought tirelessly on our behalf. Therefore, our academic degrees, training and acquired skills do not simply belong to us as individuals. They belong to the African-American community. When we learn to further the best interests of our community we will personally experience the benefits today and the in our future. Martin Luther King stated, “No one is free until we are all free.”
The Media has a habit of reporting what is negative since it seems to grab our attention. Without hesitation the negative reports are filled with flagrant propaganda that misleads and confuses the masses. With a polluted mentality it is then difficult to conceptualize accomplishment in our community. What does accomplishment truly look like for African-Americans in American society?
Authentic thoughts are thoughts that are genuine and sincerely expressed. Authentic thoughts reverberate with other authentic individuals so they have an irresistible urge to ponder and or respectfully respond from their own unique perspective.
Express your authentic thoughts. Post a comment. I welcome your valued perspective. Thank you in advance.
In love and peace,