It is shocking, the sense of apathy and unwillingness of America’s Black population to take its future into its own hands in a unified and decided way.
Statistical data and analysis show we do better when we unite, yet the data is summarily ignored and discarded. There is almost a sense of resignation to the idea of second class citizenship in some quarters. In others, the absurd expectation is that the white man will eventually change, act human, and right some of the wrongs he did. Equally absurd, is the notion that all we have to do is pray.
( I thought I read somewhere that faith without works was dead).
The fictional Doctor Huxtable (Bill Cosby) told his son, Theo, (Malcolm Jamal Warner ) that his brain would not explode if he studied and retained what he had read.
My experiences when talking about the issues, having had numerous conversations with many and varied African-American friends and associates, are either blank stares or disinterested indifference.
On rare occasions, someone [woke] seems to care, or is appropriately informed on the realities of the issues at hand, we generally disagree on the approaches necessary to remediate those issues.
The tragedy in my humble estimation, is not the lack of “militancy”,(though necessary), it is the lack of historical curiosity.
The issues of which I speak are not of gravitational fields and black holes, they are rather simple issues, like, school board meetings. Voting. Paying attention to the issues. How issues affect people’s lives. How apathy and the lack of curiosity about the issues, and the will to participate in the process, empower others who do not care about our interests, to create policies antithetical to our well-being.
Sadly, we either delve in blind religiosity on the one hand, or immerse ourselves in mind-numbing excursions of lascivious pleasures and entertainment.
We ignore our own interests as if they are someone else’s problems, other people’s battles to fight. We delight in negativity and infantile cliches, that’s where we revel and find common cause.
We seem to care precious little about the intransigent and cancerous problem of racism, police-abuse, the disparate justice, and education systems which exist.
I am distressed that to a large extent and sad to say, the level of awareness on the part of my African-American brothers and sisters is woefully lacking, as opposed to people from Africa or the Caribbean.
Shockingly, it is as if a plurality of the people with whom I converse lives in total darkness and have precious little curiosity about events happening in their country.
Video games, Reality TV, Netflix movies garner much of the attention of our people on the one hand, and cult-like religiosity pretty much occupies the mind of others. Even though the average African-American with whom I cross paths have smartphones and unlimited data.
The data is hardly ever used for education and or information. Entertainment is the number one thing the data is used for.
During President Obama’s Presidency, one goodly gentleman asked me, “is Obama still in there”?
I stood there with my mouth agape, caught between the desire to lash out at him, yet frozen in disbelief, unable to get over the shock of his disinterest.
How could he not know who the president of the United States was?
If you have no idea who the president is, how do you know who your senators, congressmen/women, state and local legislators are?
After all that Black people survived in America, he could not bother to be awake for the duration of the first black presidency.
It is I believe, these twin demons of blind religiosity and lack of curiosity which will keep Blacks in America mired in the mud and morass of perceived inferiority for generations to come.
It is exactly as a result of these twin demons which causes our enemies to brush us aside as inconsequential,.….unworthy of respect and dignity.
It is for those reasons which cause every ethnic group which enters the United States, (no matter how poor and dispossessed), to look at us as the people least worthy of respect.
Instead of taking seriously these criticisms and engaging in introspection the default response is to castigate and demonize the messenger.
No one wants to hear that the things they have believed all their lives are propaganda and lies fed to them in an effort to keep them subjugated and befitting the stereotypical perceptions of 3⁄5 of a human being.
”[Yes but],” generally follows any statement of fact which cuts against the grain of the religious dogma we have been force-fed all our lives. “Yes, “I hear your facts, “But, “I am discarding your truth, because I don’t want to bother learning anything new, even if its the truth.
Mike Beckles is a former Jamaican police Detective corporal, a business owner, avid researcher, and blogger.
He is a black achiever honoree, and publisher of the blog chatt-a-box.com.
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