Black People : "Education, the Key to Prosperity."

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  1. jvbzook

    jvbzook Member MEMBER

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    When are, we, as a people, going to start working with our youth to eliminate the lies that are fed to them by the media that prevent them from achieving to their fullest potential? When are we, going to stand up and fight the idea, pervasive in our youth, that if you are excelling in school, in advanced classes and dominating (academically) you classmates, you are “acting white”. This idea is absurd! Throughout history, we have pushed education when it was forbidden upon pain of death! Even during Jim Crow, we created over 150 colleges to serves our children when the mainstream ones refused to let us in. When mainstream businesses refused our money, we became entrepreneurs and set up thriving districts such as Little Hayti in Durham, North Carolina and Black Wall Street in Tulsa, Oklahoma. This all happened, because we educated ourselves, either formally or informally!!

    Now, after our people fought to open doors to the mainstream of American intellectual life, a thief come in the night to steal the victory and perseverance from our kids; the idea that academic excellence is “acting white”, our ridicule of our brothers and sisters who strive for educational and professional excellence. As they go forward in their academic accomplishments, we have Black idiots taunting them with the label “acting white.” Do not confuse professionalism or academic excellence with “acting white.” One has nothing in the world to do with the other. In fact, those Black folks who do not encourage nor support their fellow Black students or Black businesses are actually the ones “acting white.” They also act white when they do not sound their objections or defend against other races that denigrate their Black brothers and sisters, or when they mistreat their own Black people with the same lies, injustice and incorrectness as white supremacist do. Those who are accusing other of “Acting white,” are simply being niggerish, or, put a better way “stupid”, themselves!

    I issue a challenge to everyone! Check you state’s, your individual district’s, your child’s school’s status on proficiency tests. You will see a great gap in the performance of black and white students. Check the ACT, SAT, AP, and other tests. With affirmative action about to go off into history and the standards rising, we must reaffirm our intellectual tradition. Start reading (newspaper, books, magazines, etc., use the public library, etc.). As a special treat, give your kids gifts certificates for bookstores. Take your children to museums, galleries, parks, etc. We must challenge the idea promulgated through BET and throughout history that all we do is play sports and rap!! This will prove we do not need affirmative action to succeed as well as make the proficiency test gap nonexistent.

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  2. NNQueen

    NNQueen going above and beyond PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Praises for our people!

    Thank you jvbzook for your passionate appeal to the masses of Black people to uplift themselves and put an end to self-destructive behavior. For a fact, you are correct that we need to get back to our essential roots and exercise our intelligence in proactive and not destructive ways.

    Without a doubt we, as a people, are capable of anything that we put our minds to. Education, both formal and informal, is the key to our success but we must learn to balance our education with not just information found in textbooks, which often teaches us in lopsided and biased ways, but also with information that accurately tells our history as a people so that we can combat the hundreds of years of negative and destructive brainwashing that we've endured. Although we persevere, the faults that you outline that we have are evidence of how we've had to suffer through the mindboggling maze that has programmed us to think as victims. It's not as easy for some of us to overcome racist challenges that we face every day as you and a lot of others seem to have achieved. If we're going to get anywhere that is profitable together, then those who have successfully strengthened their mental aptitude with sound knowledge, should reach out to those that haven't and share not only their knowledge but practical ways in which they can obtain that knowledge themselves.

    It will happen and we will come together but it's no meager task to shake off the remnants of racial hatred and cultural jealousy against us when we're still facing it as we live and breathe. What other group of people on this planet has ever had to struggle this hard to discover who they were, who they are and who they want to one day become? I think we need more accolades and less chastising because we are truly phenomenal people. To endure what we've endured and still be here to testify to it is remarkable to say the least. We have gained much in our long history but we tend to mostly focus on what we've lost because our culture is so rich and powerful. We have suffered much because we've lost so much and we're trying to find our way back to where we came from (not necessarily geographically but culturally).

    It will happen. It is happening. Let's be thankful that we are part of the cultural machinery that is helping it to happen.

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  3. happy69

    happy69 Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    Thanks Sister Queen.

    How can we lambast Us when We don't know Us. Once you understand You and Us; the lies fall away and you find underneath what is there. Usually nothing but envy, hatred, and jealousy.
     
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