A Picture of Accomplishment 2

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When African-American people truly have a reached true accomplishment as a community:

  • We will have a presence in the marketplace—the realm of business, trade and economics where we are creating opportunities for other people who look like us. Most of not many of these business will be in our own communities.
  • We will hold positions of influence in local government, on school boards and in banking. We will have banks owned and run by African-Americans in our communities.
  • We will make connections with leaders as leaders so that we can employ, provide services, train and hire skilled workers.
  • We will write and publish our own narratives via television broadcasts, books, newspapers, and magazines. We will also own and manage these companies.
  • We will acknowledge each other with respect and love despite differences
  • We will look out for each other being our brother’s and sister’s keeper—policing our communities and looking out for the children as if they were our own.
  • We will create art forms and artistic expressions that edify and admonish our people toward progress.
  • We will provide education for our own children with a complete curriculum that teaches African rituals and cultural competence, spirituality, community activism, African history before the diaspora and African-American history, rites of passage, counter-racism, political science, health care and nutrition for people of color (there is a difference), problems solving, and money management. These schools will also be equipped to address our social emotional needs. Students will learn to know themselves and how to further their own best interest.
  • We will unite in an unwavering commitment to each other

This is what the picture for accomplishment truly looks like for African-Americans in American society. . The question is not what are they doing? The question is what am I doing to accept personal responsibility to create this picture for accomplishment? This list has no end. There is room for your innovative ideas.

How will you contribute toward the betterment of our people for generations to come? Will future generations want to honor you with thanksgiving for work you did with them in mind? Even under the tremendous oppression and affliction of our forefathers they tenaciously accomplished much. With all of the resources, opportunities, and freedoms available to us now–what will we do?

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,

Dr. Free.

A Picture of Accomplishment Part 1

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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,

Dr. Free.

 

Intellectual Immunization

 

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LOOKING INTO THE MIRROR, THE BLACK WOMAN ASKED, “MIRROR, MIRROR ON THE WALL, WHO’S THE FINEST OF THEM ALL?” THE MIRROR SAYS, “SNOW WHITE, YOU BLACK BITCH, AND DON’T YOU FORGET IT!!!” 1987-1988. Photograph. Aint Jokin’, Los Angeles. Carrie Mae Weems. By Carrie Mae Weems. Web. 17 May 2013.

Simply put and briefly stated, the present state of affairs on every level for the African-Americans in this country is due to miseducation. Carter G. Woodson says it best in his relevant book The Mis-education of the Negro. In general, African American people are profoundly ignorant about their historical greatness and the significance of their culture. We need a Sankofa Revival.  Sankofa is a word of the Twi language that translates as “Go back and get it”. There is much for us to reclaim. Too many of us think there was nothing worthwhile before slavery and the need to look back is unnecessary. In his book Know Thyself, Nai’m Akbar writes:

“The proper education of the African American should offer the transmission of acquired immunities. We should study detailed stories of the Ashanti people of Ghana who resisted their colonization and tricked the British when they sought to steal their Royal Ornaments and symbols of power. The stories of many slaves who resisted their enslavement must be told. The victor of Cinque on the Amistad and the struggles of Nat Turner and Denmark Vessey must be celebrated as a means of transmitting our immunity to oppression…..The challenges brought by Marcus Garvey, Elijah Muhammad, Malcolm X, Paul Robeson and the many others who defiantly resisted the perpetuation of European American control over African-American life should be catechism of each generation of our young people.”

If we do not know or care to know and understand our history as African-Americans the intent of the system of white supremacy has succeeded in our lives. Our lack of unity, self-hate, cultural shame, rejection of African spiritualty and thought are all symptoms of disease that only an intellectual immunization can cure.

When we are truly well mind, body, and soul we will unite as a people—edifying each other and strengthening our communities while educating our own about the greatness of ourselves. This means having an allegiance and unwavering commitment to each other. We will exude self-love embracing every aspect of our bodies in their natural state. Our spiritual disposition will be secure thus eliminating the need for organized religion. African-American men and women will fearless lead, protect, and support one another. Finally, our life style would willingly embody the honorable habits and practices of our ancestors who lived in a state of wellness and productivity that few have ever known. Yes, I know it’s the 21st century and not the 17th century. However, the imperative necessity to reconnect with the timeless wealth in our African culture will help us to be the best version of ourselves—both individually and collectively for today and tomorrow.

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,

Dr. Free.