In this land of opportunity and freedom (almost), it is my belief that we still act like slaves!!! Definitons: 1. a person held in servitude as the property of another 2. a person who has lost self-control and is dominated by something or someone. Now technically we do not fall under the first definition. Although, a convincing case can be made the we are the property of white america. But I will focus on definition number two. There is no doubt that as a race we are the very definiton of slave(#2). We have lost control of our capacity to think for ourselves. This could have very well happened at the beginning of slavery. And I realized the profound effect that it has had on our people (because i see it every day). But...isn't it time for us to become self aware and enlightened??!! We as a race have more ablility than any other race on the planet but we don't know it and if we do we don't show it outside of sports and entertainment. Why is that??...because we still think like slaves! We are still walking around talking about the white man keeps us down. Mr Chalie won't treat us fairly. We have to change the laws to be equal. We need affirmative action. We need reparations. For give my english but that is BULLSH*T. ALL WE NEED TO DO IS CHANGE THE WAY WE THINK AND THE WAY WE ACT......PERIOD. Don't get me wrong...I know we are still treated like second class citizens, but we are only second class if we believe it(and most of us do.) Any time you are put in a position of weakness by asking, petitioning, or demanding something from someone whom does not want to give it to you...you are second class in their eyes and your own(even if you don't think you feel that way). Basically you are saying to them and to yourself that" I need you to GIVE me 'THIS' in order for me to be complete, validated, and/or equal." 'THIS' ranges from respect, equal treatment, money, apologies, or whatever else we rightfully deserve but they are not willing to give. The fact of the matter is we don't have to ask them for ANYTHING. We are smart enough, capable enough, strong enough, and believe or not..free enough to get all that we deserve and want without their help and inspite of their hinderance. The reason we don't???? WE HAVE NOT LEARNED TO THINK AND DO FOR OURSELVES. (I will try to keep this brief...forgive the long windedness). There are a few reasons we will not prosper even if white america became enlightened. First we still have no sence of community. This started in slavery when they split families up to undermine the strength that comes from trust and love of family and freinds. We have still not recovered and we have actually taken it a step further. Our families split up and never form family or freinds in their communities ever again. We can not build a foundation for prosperity with love and trust for one another in a community that has the best interest of the group/race rather than the best interest of self. And within this we have people who do become successful and move away and are never heard from again (in their communities). It is like when slaves got free and never went back....but the difference is they COULDN'T go back. Nowadays we CHOOSE not to go back because we feel we are better than that place where we came from. Well here is news to you diserters....you will never be better than the place where you are from in the white mans eyes....only your own....and in that case whom does it benefit--Noone--not even yourself because now you don't have a true home because when its time to choose sides believe me...you will not be on theirs. Next we are still teaching an outdated method of getting education and financial empowerment. The admonition of go to school get a college education and get a "good job" with a big company came from the panic in and after the depression. Before the depression 75 percent of americans were small and medium sized business owners. After the depression, people whom had lost their businesses told the children the "get a good job" method to prosperity because big companies provided 'security' benefits and good retirement packages. Well that is outdated for a couple of reasons. Number 1..There is no such thing as a secure company job in which you can retire from in 40 years anymore. Very few big companies last 40 years and even if they do they will downsize you as soon as it becomes advantageous to get rid of your $100,000 salary so they can hire two graduates to do your job for $35,000 each. Number 2..College educations are very inadequate when it comes to financial stability. All they teach us is how to get a JOB= (Just. Over. Broke). 93 percent of college graduates retire broke i.e. they have to rely on family, friends, social security, or they have to work. In addition these educations are subjective. They choose who to let in..how much it will cost..(because their bottom line is PROFIT..not education) and what to teach. It is possible, if not probable, to get a $200,000 Harvard education for the cost of fines at the public library. Why don't we do that....because we only do what we are told(slave mentallity)...and they told us we have to have a peice of paper in order to succeed! How to succeed in getting a job..yes how to succeed in changing your condition of thought, plight of your people, and prospertiy of you and your community..NO. Number 3. It is only required that we have formal educations in feilds such as medicine, law, engineering and a few others. To own or operate a business, be a journalist, writer, and many others, do not require a degree. We should model our economic and community growth after the Jews. Less the 50 percent of them go to college...yet they are the most powerful economic culture in america. This is because they teach their children the real value of the dollar...how to make it and use it to effect change..., how to value themselves and their community, and how to educate themselves. Jews save 25 percent of every dollar that they make..at the very least. Blacks spend all that they make plus some they don't so they can keep up with the joneses. That is when we become slaves to our jobs and slaves to our posessions. The bosses tell us what time to get up...what time to eat lunch...what time to go home...and what time to go bed...all by saying you have a job with me and i need you to be here from 9 to 5. We don't have the power to quit because we have amassed so many bills from trying to feed our material cravings that quitting would render us homeless and destitute. The Jews do not live that way because they have used libraries to learn how to be empowered financially and it is not through working a job and buying flashing possessions. I have much more but this is getting long so I will stop here to get others' thoughts.