Introverted Questions from Questions of Questions to Question?
I often wonder what life is really about. I analyze why we as humans do the things we do. Are we afraid of our own creativity so we choose to copy trends and follow suit? Are we afraid of being alone so we desperately search for love? Are we afraid to die so we convince ourselves that there is something after life? I think a lot about the people that were here before me and those that will follow. What our past and present says about our future. Have we made progress as black people since the Civil Rights movement? Or are we victims of modern day slavery and 21st century lynching? I often wonder does it even matter. Are we giving the negative aspects of being black in America too much power? Is the perception of those demonic transgressions far worse than the reality? If so, are we justified by feeling that what happened in our history can and will repeat itself just as everything else?
I look around me and I see people who are free to do anything they put their minds too, yet they probably feel remote to what our African slaves felt on those plantations a century ago. I wonder is it really their fault? How can we hold every man accountable for self when Civil Rights leader W. E. Dubois told us that the “talented tenth” amongst the black population will need to lead black America? We seem to be making a mockery of what black activists, philosophers, educators, and writers stood for because it’s not about who’s the most talented, intelligent or who has the most potential anymore. It’s now about who has the latest gimmick or the most material valuables.
Am I complaining? I don’t think so; I think that it’s a cry for change. I want to see more black people doing well. It’s not enough to have a handful of black millionaires, a few black billionaires and a good percentage of blacks within the working middle class in America. Everything was put in perspective about how blacks are viewed in this country when the Katrina tragedy took place. Sure, they’ll sacrifice having a few blacks in congress, and allow a couple more to have more money than they can count, but the masses will and are still left behind, while those successful blacks inadvertently exile themselves from black civilization and seem to make a class of their own that’s too successful, wealthy and proper to relate to anything black, and will always be considered a “token [Censored]*r” to whites.
Is this the price for success? Do I have to compromise my blackness in order to provide a better quality of life for me and my family? Do I have to be considered a “sell out” in the community just because I make a little money? Why? With the increasing number of Mexican immigrants hopelessly yet optimistically invading America in hope of finding a better life, the increase in Hispanic Americans bull dozing their way into middle class America, the influx of Chinese, Asian and Japanese people taking claim of American citizenship, and the impact of Arabian/Indonesian people in the black communities who stake ownership of convenient stores, beauty supply stores, discount liquor etc. etc, are black Americans slowly becoming “the other minority?”
Isn’t it true that what we seem to take for granted the most, the same rights that non-black immigrants are fighting to obtain as we speak; the rights that our ancestors were tortured and deprived of is what we should be grateful for? Did blacks shed blood for the right to American citizenship, the right to equal opportunities, to earn a fair wage and raise a family in peace and tranquility? Or, are we to shun the American dream in search of something for us, by us? If that is true, if other non-white cultures accept to live within a European dominated society why can’t we? Are we better than those ethic groups of people? Do we feel that we deserve more because of how seemingly devastating the impact of slavery was and still is on black people? Or are we really just a bunch of lazy, ungrateful, excuse making welfare recipients who lack self motivation and fail to see the value in knowledge and education?