Black People : A Less "White" USA and To Be Black in america

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  1. OldSoul

    OldSoul Permanent Black Man PREMIUM MEMBER

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    A Less "White" USA By GLEN FORD​
    Sometime last year, the "minority" population of the United States reached the 100 million mark, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. That means only two-thirds of Americans are whites of non-Hispanic background. In four states--Hawaii, New Mexico, California and Texas--non-Hispanic whites are a minority. The march towards a less and less white United States would continue, even if U.S. borders could be hermetically sealed, because the younger the age of the demographic cohort, the less white they are. Nearly half the nation's children under the age of five, are Hispanic, Black or Asian.
    Also in 2006, the black American population officially reached 40 million. Because of consistent undercounting of African Americans, we can assume that the real figure is considerably more than 40 million. The black population isn't growing as fast as Hispanics and Asians, but white "Anglos" are hardly increasing their numbers at all. The racial handwriting is on the wall.
    The question for African Americans, and in a larger sense, for all progressives, is: What will be the political composition and behavior of this "new" United States in the making. It is an historical fact that blacks are the most politically progressive American group, by far. African Americans are a distinct ethnicity with a shared history and culture, a myriad of institutions stretching back many generations on U.S. soil. Blacks share reference points that connect--and give cohesiveness to--a unique, essentially progressive African American worldview. And it is blacks who are the "other" pole in the long-prevailing black-white American dichotomy. For that reason, most of us, until recently, have known where we stood in the American scheme of things, and have opted overwhelmingly on the side of social change...
    The rest: http://www.counterpunch.org/ford05232007.html

    To Be Black In America: An Unflinching Necessity by Larry Pinkney
    Larry Pinkney is a veteran of the Black Panther Party, the former Minister of Interior of the Republic of New Africa, a former political prisoner and the only American to have successfully self-authored his civil/political rights case to the United Nations under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.
    We are well into the 21st century and it continues to be absolutely essential to be Black in America. Beyond mere color, being Black is first and foremost a conscious political, social, and economic commitment to the struggle for the collective betterment of the descendants of the Black slavery holocaust, in what has now become the United States of America, in conjunction with other people of color and humanity as a whole.
    Indeed, to be Black is not only to be physically of a certain hue, but just as importantly--to be consciously of a certain mental hue--from what some have called 'high yellow' to deep, dark, rich blue-Black. Blackness is, in fact, not only a rainbow of color but also a rainbow of active consciousness and commitment. To be Black is to be socially and politically conscious, as the late and incomparable artist-activist, lyricist, and singer Curtis Mayfield poignantly stated it in his powerful song entitled, "We People Who Are Darker Than Blue"..."Now I know we have great respect./For the sister and mother it's even better yet./But there's the joker in the street/loving one brother and killing the other./When the time comes and we are really free/there'll be no brothers left you see..." In other words, Blackness in its truest sense means consciousness, and more to the point, an active consciousness. Thus the term 'Black consciousness.'
    In 21st century America, other than perception, very little of real substance has changed for the better in the daily lives of the vast majority of Black people and other people of color. In fact, Black people are incarcerated at a higher rate than ever before in US history, and far too many of the hard-won gains of the so-called "civil rights movement" have been eroded, outright reversed, or otherwise nullified, for the majority of Black men, women, and children in America. Moreover, Black youth in particular are under sustained intense social, economic, and cultural assault on virtually every level of American society. The reality of Black life in America--has been insidiously and deliberately replaced in the US media and institutions--by illusion, which in fact has little or nothing to do with the increasingly deplorable conditions in, of, and under which the masses of Black people really exist today in America. To paraphrase the words of Malcolm X, "Wrong has become right and bad has become good..." Today, it is illusion that is touted as if it is reality, while reality itself is expeditiously discarded.
    To be Black means a conscious recognition of reality for what it really is, so that it can forthrightly be addressed, not dooming ourselves and our posterity to ultimate oblivion and historical ignominy by playing go-along-to-get-along ostriches. Being consciously Black means choosing reality over illusion. One of the most potent mainstays of racist oppression in America, is deluding ourselves to succumb to illusion. For example, as in the case of the US Presidential aspirations of Barack Obama as they relate to Black America; to be Black means choosing reality--versus perception and disastrous illusion.
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    Excellent posts brother Old Soul!


    "to be Black means choosing reality--versus perception and disastrous illusion."

    NO DOUBT!
    :thanks:
     
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