I often refer to this brilliant quote rendered by Anthony T. Browder. “We Africans in America have been socially engineered to reject our past, and too far too many of us live in a state of suspended animation. We deny the historical realities confronting us daily. Too many of us mistakenly believe that the past has no bearing on the present and is unrelated to the future. Thus, we have been conditioned to live our lives disconnected from cultural values, principles, and ideals – essential for peaceful living.” As a matter of fact I recently made reference to it at the, Acres Home Chamber for Business and Economic Development’s September Monthly Networking Luncheon.
A lot of people hide from who they are. Why? You can’t change who you are or where you come from. People that know of me and know me, know that there are many things that one can say about me. But at the end of the day, one thing about me is that, I let nobody make me forgot who I am and where I’m from!
I state this because; there are so many members of the African-American community that are copied and phony. Just trying to blend in with the culture’s and trends of other races.
I was talking to one of my staff members the other day. Explaining that other races are trying to be like us and we are running away from who we are. The bodies and faces that Black women were born with, other races are having surgery trying to imitate. You even have some that are tanning their skin, trying to reach a darker complexion. And that is just to state the least!
We MUST Understand, they want to hide your history from you, don’t want you to know who you really are. We come from kings and queens, royalty. Research your history! But instead we feel compelled to allow our environments determine who we are. And while this editorial does not apply to everyone, I can think of many who it does.
But, I am just sick and tired of people from our community allowing society’s statistics of them, to overtake them. Look at the news, read articles, just look at the way Black people are portrayed on television and in the entertainment industry. Just because society or your environment says that you are supposed to act or be a certain way, doesn’t mean that it has to be so. You define you!
When I was younger, I was kind of confused. They used to call me, “Boy, yellow-bellied” all kinds of names, but I still knew I was Black. Society will always remind you of who you are and it is important that you don’t forget it.
My childhood experience being raised as a little yellow boy in Acres Home who was raised in a Barber Shop and a Juke Joint, is what made me into who I am today. As I stated some issues back in an editorial I have to agree with Paula Deen; when she stated, “I is who I is”. Because at the end of the day, you can’t change who you are anyway; so why not embrace who you are and where you come from?
Somebody may ask, “How can I start by embracing myself”? Well a good start is simply learning who you are and where you come from. Afterwards, grab a hold to it and embrace it!
We MUST Understand that, the Black race of people are one of the most feared races there is. Why do you think we are the most sought after ones? Many people have suggested that I am repetitive. Perhaps I am, but one thing I do know is that I will continue to deal and highlight the ills, injustices, realities, vices – both historical and current that are affecting our communities.
With that being stated, at the end of the day I still have to stress that as Africans in America the two most powerful tools that we have are ‘our vote’ and ‘our money’. We should utilize these two forces as a means to secure the resources that are much-needed for our communities, children and future.
The thing that upsets me most is that we go out of our way to support other people rather than embracing our own. It’s simple, support those who support you! In doing so, eventually you will also learn more about who you are.