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Better Than Good
by Arthur B Wilson Jr.   

Last edited: Wednesday, September 17, 2003
Posted: Wednesday, September 17, 2003

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An aspect of life.

While growing up the 1960s and early 1970s it was made clear to me by my parents that in this White dominated society in schools there are many limitations and obstacles placed on Black people to achieve total success at all levels. Because of these limitations and obstacles I was encouraged by my parents to work hard and set very high standards. Education was the number one priority for my parents. My parents were both college graduates and very intellectuals. They grew up in the segregated south in the 1930s and 1940s. In a so call intergrated America of the late 1960s and early 1970s Black children and White were going to school together. Then when you became adults Black people and White people would be working together or competing for the same job and career opportunities. I was encouraged to set very high scholastic standards. To always display a high level of intellect and understanding. I was taught to be BETTER THAN GOOD. The feeling was at the time that there were low expectations for Black people to have success intellectually compared to White people. The words BETTER THAN GOOD
is something I have carried around with me as a youngster and still do to this day. It id something I believe all Black people must be aware of at all times. It is still prevelant today. White males are in control of the United States economy and believe that Black people are limited intellectually or will place limits on high Black people will rise in the corporate world.
The real issue is many White people fear Black intellectuals because they are a threat to White male control of this society. My parents and every other parent who encouraged their children to be BETTER THAN GOOD were absolutely correct. It shocks some White people to see a Black person that is extremely well-spoken in matters of business politics, finance, literature, the art, and science. The narrow-minded White media focuses on the Black people are criminals or who live in poverty. The White media and many White people are quick to marginalize any Black man or woman who challenges the White male power structure. Any time a Black man or Black woman is outspoken about the hypocracy of the United States government they are considered anti-American.
I have always considered the idea of being BETTER THAN GOOD significant for all Black people the odds of total success are very great. Many White people will give Black people what benefit White people. There are many educated Black men and Black women who have worked their way up the corporate ladder. While some White people can take short cuts to get to the top. It is about who is in control. It is important that we as Black American challenge ourselves to be able to control our own destiny. Being BETTER THAN GOOD is goes ultimately to the point of being able to to control your own life. The reality is this country is not truly an intergrated society. True intergration to me means that all is equal and all have the same chance to have control and power. Nothing should be based on color of ethnicity.
There are many instances where label are placed on people based on color or ethnicity. There is still a clear stigma that some White people want to see Black people just to go so far and just so high. There are still barriers and limitations. Because there are barriers and limitation that proves clearly this is not a truly intergrated society. There has been talk about diversity. True racial diversity will never be achieved Black Americans are totally united socially and economicly.
High standards of education and economic excellence must always remain a priority in Black America. The achievers in Black America must work hard to encourage those Black Americans who are lazy, violent, and criminals to understand the importance of being BETTER THAN GOOD. Black Americans can't afford to be lazy and indifferent. The more we as Black Americans pride ourselves in achieving high standards in all things then the closer we will be having control of our destiny.

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Reviewed by Elizabeth Taylor (Reader)
It's a good article, but as long as these 'generalizations' continue to be read and absorbed, people will keep believing this crap. The first step is to prove the stereotype wrong.
Reviewed by Michael Kersting
Couldn't agree with you more.There is a lot of racial prejudice here in Canada,too but not as "opened" as in America.You can see it being displayed at the immigration services frequently and at job interviews.
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