Too many African-Americans are not proud of their history. In fact, many of us have been programmed to be ashamed of our history because we have only been exposed to a very small snippet of it.
As African people we are so much more than protesters of Jim Crow laws, and victims of slavery! We should be celebrated inside and outside of sports arenas and entertainment venues simply because of our lineage and our contributions to world civilization. African people had already been all over the world by the time Christopher Columbus landed in the alleged “New World”. The North American continent was new to him but it was not new to us.
Media presents an extremely narrow view of Africa people with pictures of starving children, and oppressed & suffering people. I am not denying that at present Africa does have its problems. The stench of colonization can be smelled throughout the continent but America has its problems too.
What opinion of USA would other countries have if the only pictures of our country others saw were America’s high crime areas, the numerous prisons, impoverished low-income housing, and homeless shelters? That image doesn’t mesh very well with the global image America has as the land of opportunity. Wait, those images are broadcast for the world to see with African-Americans as the central focus.
Regardless of what we have been exposed to on television or the prejudices we may have encountered in this society, it is our personal responsibility to learn about ourselves. Knowledge of self awakens pride and courage. In this Aquarian age the information is easily available and accessible. The only hinderance that separates African-Americans from the truth about our history is a desire and willingness to do the research. The motivation you need to learn to celebrate is closer than you think. It’s time to wake up!
Our ancestors left a rich and abundant legacy for us to inherit. We have to wake up to receive it. This means looking past the expectations of others in whatever form the expectations present themselves. Your journey is personal. No explanations for others is necessary. Be encouaged! The best is yet to come. My African-American sisters and brothers you have a more than a million reasons to celebrate you!
Peace and light,
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The video below is a great place to begin.