Shameful! The True State of Black America We Have To Acknowledge During Black History Month

The statue in the photo above is the best illustration of the state of African-Americans in 2012. Our people have their head in the sand just waiting to get screwed with no Vaseline and that is as blatant as our current situation. We are failing to compete and market ourselves globally, our communities are decaying and our youth and disillusioned and turned off, our adults can’t have relationships and the older post Civil Rights Black generations ain’t done a damn thing worth respecting them over. I spend the past several years tolling away writing articles on this blog about using technology for self-empowerment, entrepreneurship and community development targeting my people, African-Americans. Two things bothered me recently to write this blog. The first thing was I was watching “Without the King” on Netflix and here is the trailer: This documentary was upsetting to me because if you look at the :45 second mark, those cats are eating chicken intestines they have to dig out of a garbage pit while the King is walking around on some Coming to America type ish. That whole documentary made me think about America where we got these Boule and other cornball Blacks running around screaming Obama and acting like we arrived but I’m seeing young brothas and sistas who are not hoodlums sleeping out of their car and I have to give them money because I know they too afraid to ask and they crying – that’s right here in Atlanta. Someone was found dead in their car a couple of weeks ago and people said he was living out of his car, real talk. The second thing was I was listening to the Mo Ivory Show on WAOK and she asked why we can’t organize like other groups. Most of the callers called in and said basically the same thing- African-Americans are scared, African-Americans are fearful, African-Americans are afraid to come together, work together for our agenda and our best interest. I don’t want to think that kind of thoughts about our people but that was the moment when I had to look at the truth and acknowledge for the first time, our current generation of African-Americans is scared, divisive and one more thing that is the worst of all. In 2012, African-Americans are sitting around chilling, relaxation and sipping on coffee like everything is okay! We are in the worst economic conditions all of us who are alive have seen in our lifetime but Black folks are content and just chilling. The last unemployment numbers where they said the unemployment rate went down, the unemployment rate for African-Americans went up! That means they hiring, but they ain’t hiring us! But cats are still chilling sitting around sipping on mocha like everything is okay! I try my best to write articles, open up business and interview people and travel for this Dream and Hustle blog for the past six or more years hoping cats get up and do for self and I get the feeling all cats are doing is just curling up on the couch with a hot beverage and just read this blog instead of spring into any kind of action. What is going on? The last I checked, Detroit ain’t gotten better because your behind is chilling right now thinking our people got it going on. I blame all of this on our older generation who didn’t do anything substantial after Martin Luther King Jr was gunned down. A lot of them were extremely selfish and just went out and get theirs and just wanted to label themselves as “the first African-American” to do something and just want to appear elite and all that other crap where they look down on their own people. They didn’t work together; they didn’t help each other come up and just concerned themselves with their own inner circle. The problem with focusing on your own little clique and little circle is there is no diversity and that little clique tend to be boring and uncompetitive because everybody is trying to be friends with each other. I was with some prominent Black business leaders and they were telling me how they were having a difficult time holding on in their community and I had to basically tell them the truth they didn’t want to hear. The truth of the matter is these “business leaders” only thought about themselves and their own business and now they are all alone and that’s why they struggling. That’s that old head Earl Graves Black Enterprise magazine crap where they focus on spotlighting one or two people smiling all on their cover instead of focusing on collective economic development and clustering in the Black community. Those old ass Black generation only thought about themselves and that’s why the majority of us African-Americans ain’t got nothing passed down to us as we came up in this world. But let’s get back to our current generation of African-Americans who are now sitting around chilling like we living in good times. Uh, I was living in good times where you can get a $120K job just for knowing HTML and JAVA, your stock portfolio rising $200 a day on Internet stocks, gas is .78 a gallon and $20 to fill up the SUV and Lauryn Hill had her album out. You in 2012 ain’t nowhere near good times and you can take my word for that so stop acting like you all good. The problem I have is we African-Americans all know what it takes to get our situation better but the problem is we ain’t willing to do what it takes to get our situation better – that is the extremely serious problem and state of our people. We have our head in the sand and act like there is no global competition going on and think we are the only people of color on the planet walking around that need a good job. Even worst is we ain’t even taking advantage of who we are as African-Americans and being more global leaders and instead still trying to chase some around the block crap. You got billions of people who want to consume our culture but yall cats trying to market and impress 25,000 brothas and sistas around you and you invest all of your energy in that small population to get a rep. That’s what I believe is the state of African-Americans in 2012 and I really don’t know what it will take anymore for us to get better. Maybe we are a bunch of scared cowards who can’t work together. But that doesn’t change the fact other emerging nations are competing for what we brothas and sistas are chasing after and they are coming up fast. Over and over again, we seen people who just sat on their ass and gotten ran over and ran out of the game because those content cats thought nothing was going to change. I know it is Black History Month in 2012 but this is a sad state of affairs watching cats in Syria getting machine-gunned down so they can be free to open the same kind of businesses and have the same kind of opportunities that African-Americans have but not even pursuing but instead sitting around drinking coffee like we all cool. Something going to have to give. Hat tip to Subrealism blog on the photo above.

16 thoughts on “Shameful! The True State of Black America We Have To Acknowledge During Black History Month

  1. The problem is we are in denial. I work everyday trying to get 7.5 more years in so I can retire from this gig with a pension. Do I think this is enought? Nope. I write books. I have one on Kindle that is doing pretty well. With Amazon your stories go global. I have had sales in the UK and Denmark last month. Black folk have stories to tell. People from all over the world know our struggles and believe it or not they will purchase our books. Do I believe I will get rich over night? Nope, but I do believe I will improve my chances of survival if I do something for myself. I used to be one of those people who would work two jobs and half of the money I made from the second gig would have to go to taxes, but not anymore. If I work two jobs one will be for myself. We have to free ourselves from this system because it no longer works.

  2. I agree that the biggest thing keeping the Black community back is fear. And that is a direct result of an over-reliance on the Black church which does nothing but reinforce fear and profit off it. Along with that there is this ongoing need to believe that some great man will come and save us all. NOBODY IS COMING TO SAVE YOU! Along with that belief is the need to blame any and everybody else for the individual’s problems. Yup I do agree everybody is out to get us. But every problem we have is not the white man’s fault and sistas need to stop blaming brothas for every problem that they have. I’ve seen that recently where instead of admitting that Whitney Houston made her life what it was, both men and women just keep blaming Bobby Brown. Stop blaming and take responsibility for your own life.

    And then there is the fact that every generation since the end of slavery has utterly failed the succeeding generation. I was just talking to a friend Monday about why the older generation usually does not tell the next generation about their experiences with racism or other forms of prejudice. It’s like they hope that by not telling the next generation that everything will just magically be ok. When the reality is that the descendants of the people who screwed them over will continue to screw the next generation over too. So by not telling them, the older folks are only helping the cycle to continue. Man I’m so glad my grand-parents told me the really real!

    I saw that documentary last year. I couldn’t believe how (as you noted) the people were eating out of the garbage, while the king sent his daughter to shopping in Beverly Hills. Man that guy needs to be assassinated right now! And then they paraded all of the teen age girls topless in front of the king so he could pick his next wife. He already had several. I understand it’s a completely different culture but damn those people need to wake up! And folks think we have it bad here.

  3. @ Carl:

    I totally agree no one will save you. The best thing that eery happened to me is when it finally sunk in that no one gives a Da#n. If my life depended on 1000.00 bucks I would most likely be dead. And that is when I figured I had best have my own 1000.00 bucks.

    And

    Sometimes you can tell the younger generation every thing you been through to get where you are. You can share your trials and tribulations and they will think your journey was rough cuz you just stupid.

    And

    Personally, not trying to speak ill of the dead but I believe Whitney introduced Bobby to drugs. I used to be a social worker and what I found is many people who grew up in crack infested communities usually do not use it. They may smoke a little weed but generally don’t do hard drugs. Of course there is the exceptions. If you look at Whitney’s inteview with Dianne Sawyer, She describes Clive as her Svengali not Bobby. After Whitney was removed from Bobby he seems to be getting it together. I am not dogging Whitney at all but I don’t think Bobby was her problem. This is my opinion and I am a black woman.

    1. Ok II hate tothe play theoutside blame game. But the funny thing is that I just heard the same thing about Bobby &2 Whitney from my cousin in Philly. And the fact that Bobby is re-married with (yet another) kid kinda shows that his life has improved.

  4. After reading a Harvard study, and filtering it through my own experiences, here’s what I concluded in 2004 Ed.

    “Our findings are consistent with the hypothesis that African Americans are segregated by neighborhoods and thus differentially exposed to key risk and protective factors, an essential ingredient to understanding the black-white disparity in violence. The race-related neighborhood features predicting violence are percent professional/managerial workers, moral/legal cynicism, and the concentration of immigration. We found no systematic evidence that neighborhood- or individual-level predictors of violence interacted with race/ethnicity. The relationships we observed thus appeared to be generally robust across racial/ethnic groups. We also found no significant racial or ethnic disparities in trajectories of change in violence.”

    Humans have evolved two fundamental syndromes of survival, guardian and commerce. Guardian and commerce are fundamentally different. The guardian is slow, it’s serious; it cares about group welfare. It reserves the right to kill. It will go to war if you threaten it. It reserves the right to be duplicitous, and it shuns commerce.

    Commerce, on the other hand, is quick, effective, highly creative, and it’s honest – because you can’t do business with somebody for very long unless you’re honest. When you get the two together, you get a hybrid. From our perspective, if you get commerce into the guardian, you corrupt it. If you get the guardian into commerce, you slow it down. As a social collective, Blacks in America have completely surrendered the guardian syndrome and have consequently been productized by and in the pursuit of commerce. Because commerce knows no boundaries and eschews the guardian – the one-sided process driven by commerce has spiralled out of control causing ever increasing damage to the black social collective.

    Unless black managerial and professional workers move back into the hood in droves, and, reinstall a stabilizing guardian syndrome within our social collective that provides moral, legal, educational and commercial impetus for the whole – the hood is for all intents and purposes, a collective lost cause incapable of bootstrapping itself out of its present plight.

    I am sincerely convinced that the spirit of black partisanship died with the death of legally segregated neighborhoods. There is no black partisanship in much the same way there is no unitary white American culture anymore.

    This cultural resignation is in large measure why I’ve chosen to focus on children and STEM education. If race is no longer a viable container for cognitive activism, then we must look elsewhere for a gathering place into which we invest our energies for change.

  5. @CNu,

    The study you appear to reference correlates violence in communities based on ethnic makeup and not economic development, I’m reading the study correctly?

    “Unless black managerial and professional workers move back into the hood in droves, and, reinstall a stabilizing guardian syndrome”

    I strongly disagree that the proletariat class of Afro-Americans will contribute anything economically significant to any hood. They don’t contribute anything significantly to the suburbs they run to and if we look at places like Clayton County, Georgia that was supposed to be Black Mecca for middle class and “arrived” Black people 20 years ago, those places turned to sh*t in just a couple of generations.

    I believe and only from historical examples cross any ethnic lines that only the merchant class will economically uplift the community as they are directly invested in the community through their business operations. All middle class Black people going to do is hide in their homes, play XBox, download and watch p0rn.

    The immigrants built their communities up through merchants, not the middle class. So I have faith in the African-American population that are of that caliber.

  6. Here is the thing many of the so called upwardly mobile black have become Americans. They could care less about the plights of blacks who are still in the struggle. They can move to zip codes that perpetuate high SAT scores and low crime. (Side note: I have a middle school child who is in the gifted program she makes straight A’s and folk tell me if she was in Gwinnett County she probably would not be in gifted. The thing is they use the same test throughout the state to determine if your child will be in the gifted program. I never believed my children would do well just because the sat next to a white child. When people particularly black people like to emphasize how good Gwinnett County schools are I always ask is your kid number one. Is your kid in the top if not what in the hell does that mean to you? I just don’t “Fing” get it.) Trust I am tired of being a member of the group that scores in the bottom of every socio-economic indicator, but I do not want to leave my people. But the people just do not fucking get it. I do my business cuz I truly believe in Edd’s concept of doing for self, but I am ready to get the hell out of here. Tired of the dumb shit. Tired of seeing young black men and women doing dumb shyte to become part of the prison industrial complex even though we old schools are constantly telling them what they need to do. Trust there are people still talking to the kids they just ain’t fucking listening. I don’t know if it is the electronics but these damn kids just aint hearing. I know I am ranting but damn you look at the news and see six grown ass bastards invading someone’s home and killing a 14 year old honor student. WTF

    Praying I make it to retirement cuz if I do I am out of here. Ghana, Belize, Venezuela, Costa Rica here I come and I will respect your culture and absorb into the community. Just tired of what if fucking takes to live is this country.

  7. I strongly disagree that the proletariat class of Afro-Americans will contribute anything economically significant to any hood. They don’t contribute anything significantly to the suburbs they run to and if we look at places like Clayton County, Georgia that was supposed to be Black Mecca for middle class and “arrived” Black people 20 years ago, those places turned to sh*t in just a couple of generations.

    lol, you’re not disagreeing with me. such folk don’t give a dayyum about the hood, other than that it constitutes a continuing embarrassment and besmirchment of their otherwise “mainstreamed” brand black. I didn’t argue that what needed to happen “would” happen.

    The immigrants built their communities up through merchants, not the middle class. So I have faith in the African-American population that are of that caliber.

    The immigrants are tied back to their own wholesale supply chains. They manufacture and finance a core percentage of the goods they sell, whether Korean, Mexican, Jewish, or Northeast African. Hoodfolk don’t manufacture a dayyum thing besides rhyming and posing, and they don’t control the sales and marketing of that even. So…, as with the community stabilization that would come from a wholesale reintegration of the professional and managerial classes, THAT’S NOT GONNA HAPPEN, so also, the hood merchant class is missing the foundations that make immigrant merchant classes highly successful, and consequently IS NOT GONNA HAPPEN.

  8. Maybe it is time to go someplace else and build the communities we seek. I don’t think it will happen here. I believe Blacks in American bought into the immigration thing hook,line andsinker (spelling?) The other implants did not. They come here and make their money but sill keep culture in tact. It is time to go. People do it all of the time. I don’t know exactly where but something tells me this is no longer the place.

    1. Well, we do manufacture license plates behind bars. The sad part is most Black migration cities have strong infrastructure for manufacturing and distribution and no one is taking advantage of it.

  9. I think there are places in America still open opportunity to get something done. But there are some lost causes like Chicago where it is just too political and too many restrictions and self-serving organizations. But there are some open opportunities like Atlanta and Houston and possibly Portland and Phoenix if we do some research and create some strategies.

    I have a future article on this but I’m seeing brothas and sistas actually become more “conscious” when they become ex-pats and actually contribute a lot more to the overall African Diaspora being away from America.

    1. “I’m seeing brothas and sistas actually become more “conscious” when they become ex-pats…” That’s because isolation from your culture will either make you appreciate and focus on it more. Or the weak will just assimilate.

  10. They come here and make their money but sill keep culture in tact.

    Truth – that bears repeating.

    The apogee of negro culture in America materialized under the artificial pressure and constraints of Jim Crow. Once those pressures and constraints were removed…, (and to hear my staunchly integrationist forbears tell it, the grass WAS always greener and the ice WAS always colder – in their estimation)

  11. @Cnu I would love to say people not longer feel that way but my head really is NOT in the sand, so I know what you write is painfully true even now when all evidence says the grass was not greener and the water no cooler. I went to a funeral this week end in Lanett Alabama well actually the funeral was in five-points (This place has some beautiful land.) I have a lot of educated people in my family. I am in my mid 40’s and my great grandparent had went to college. (BTW I am not saying this to brag it is what it is.) Well with all of this education many family members are clueless and have no idea what is going on. This educated bunch from which I descend (Most not all but most) will not be able to past in worthwhile knowlege down to their kids because we still romanticize way too much. I had to back and a corner and pull out the white flag cuz I dared to challenge Obama being the best president ever. I am not anti-Obama necessarily I just know he will not save me or my community.

  12. Well with all of this education many family members are clueless and have no idea what is going on. This educated bunch from which I descend (Most not all but most) will not be able to past in worthwhile knowlege down to their kids because we still romanticize way too much.

    Do your people own a substantial quantity of this beautiful Alabama land, and, do they operate it sustainably and efficiently? If the answer is “yes”, then y’all good.

    If the answer is “no” then these folks got caught in the whipsaw of 20th century paradox in which the future was made to seem endless and urban for 70 years, when in fact, the writing was on the wall for that endless future from the very outset.

    The only way for folks to save themselves is to acquire an end-to-end focus on the real economy, food, manufacture, and energy. As highly educated folk tend to aspire to the far end of the absolute capitalist, food-powered, make-work economy (which is in free-fall collapse) it’s hard to get them reappraise what they really know and can really do – and to get them to retool along the lines of what our parents and grandparents who lived through the Great Depression knew how to do in order to sustain themselves and continue moving forward.

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