I have been concerned for the well-being of my people, OUR people, for the longest time. I have written previously, “…if Hurricane Katrina did not wake us up, nothing will.” Sadly, I was right! Looking at what has transpired and continues to unfold surrounding the Jena 6 ordeal further reminds me that there is a problem with our people and I wonder when is it going to stop.
We all know society does not like us, we are just tolerated because it is virtually impossible to obliterate an entire race of people. However, all of the weapons have been set in place for our ultimate self-destruction. What we as a race of Blacks need to understand is that this is our fault. We can’t continue to blame society any longer. The world hates us because we hate ourselves. People who hate the race of which they are a part of, can be picked off one-by-one, as simple as the divide and concur concept. We continue to call each other “Nigger”, we hate what others have, when we all really have nothing. Most of the hatred revolves around the materialism that we have allowed ourselves to get tangled in. We hate our women, who are supposed to be the Cradle of Civilization. All we do is hate, hate, hate. If someone of color makes a good education point, we tear them down. We have too many “Uncle Tom’s” in our midst. Most people don’t like Black people, hell, most Black people don’t like Black people. How many times have we heard someone Black say, “There are too many Black people that live in that subdivision or suburb. We can’t move over there.”
We as Blacks, as people of Color need to learn that we control the economy. We need to learn that we move the world. During a recent business trip to Guam, do you know what music was being played on the radio? Hip-Hop! The Island of Guam is the Western most territory of the United States and one of the leading tourist destinations in the Western Pacific, virtually in the middle of nowhere, yet they have found hip-hop music, in Guam, of all places! I say this to say that when we as a race of Black people introduce a new style of dress or hairstyle, then a worldwide trend is likely to follow. When we make a position transition to something new, something hip, then the world will take notice and all will want to be a part of this new revolution. So, why is it then, that we continue to call each other, “Nigger”, as if it is a compliment or something that is considered acceptable, welcome behavior. The young men in Louisiana, who have now received the moniker Jena 6, are being subjected to the judicial system secretly calling them a “group of Niggers”.
Nothing surprises me anymore regarding our Black youth. How could we have prevented this from happening? We as a race need to take a proactive stance against racism, as we continue to raise our youth. Do you really think that if we were united as a race, people would continue to undermine our intelligence, as we continually allow them to do now? Society pulls bull&*%$ on us, because we continually bull*&^% ourselves. We don’t care about ourselves, so why should anyone else? We look to these same people who care nothing about us, for help and assistance, when if we took a more active stance against racism and learned to work together as a people, and stop the hatred against one another, we could help ourselves. We need to educate ourselves and learn to love ourselves. As a race, we need to be proud of who we are and what we stand for. We need to learn to be a strong united race of Black people, as society will think twice about challenging a strong, solid, united people. A weakened race is easy to conquer.
Vaughn T. Aiken
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