Tuesday, January 9, 2007
What Does It Mean To Be Black?
What's good folks? The following thoughts come from guest contributor Mr. Smith... Enjoy!
What does it mean to be BLACK? This is a question I posed to a wise older gentleman. The question was asked after a close friend said that she hated me. Kinda taken back by her honesty I asked…why? She replied that I was an elitist and not really black. Not really sure how to respond I left it at OK! I asked my wise older, non-black, friend to explain her comments.
After a short pause that seemed to last forever…he dropped a simple yet complex nugget of knowledge on me. I had never heard it quite put like this, so I was inclined to post it here for your feedback.
He began with a rhetorical question…Where are BLACK people from? We are one of the few “races” that don’t have a home. Some will say we are from Africa, but we don’t know anything about the different tribes, nor can we trace our heritage to which country. Most Africans perception of BLACK AMERICA is that we are lazy and complain a lot.
Think about it, most races can say they come from this particular country. They have a spot on the globe they can say that people like me RUN shit there. BLACK AMERICA has no such place. This has given us a true MINORITY MINDSET. We never see “us” in power or wealth. Other minorities come to this country and do well…why? Just the fact that they are here they feel they are doing better than their people back home. They come over with a MAJORITY MINDSET, which simply put they feel they can do anything or have anything they want if they put their mind to it. To accomplish anything great you must have this mindset… the determination to not let your circumstance control you and focus on your goals.
When Blacks do reach a certain level of success and wealth they are not considered black. They are Uncle Toms that are acting white.
To take it a step further, he said, that’s why successful blacks date outside of their race…NOT because they are attracted to there physical beauty BUT their majority MINDSET. Regardless Latino, Asian or White they all have a country on the map to call home. So percentage wise they have more of their population that has a MAJORITY complex.
It seems that a few of us have broken out of that MINORITY MINDSET. Oprah Winfrey. Tiger Woods. Michael Jordan. Magic Johnson. Bill Cosby. Is aspiring to be a part of this elite group not being a part of Black America?