Please take time to READ. Some may see that as an absurd question and answer it with an emphatic: Hell no! With all the hell we've been catching from the police and 400 years of legalized lynching, brutality, and over all disrespect....how can someone DARE ask such a question! But let us dwell on our condition these last 30 years and take white people out of the picture all together so that we can just dwell on how we currently stand among men of color. If you look at it we have more money, more sex, more dope and liquor to use, better clothes, better cars, and more to eat than 90% of ALL other men of color around the world. When was the last time we as Black men of this generation had to FIGHT for our women, FIGHT just to get a woman, FIGHT for our jobs, FIGHT for equal rights, FIGHT for inclusion, or just FIGHT to keep from being anihalated? We have achieved a position of opportunity and greatness most men can only dream about. Things men have historically fought and had decades long conflict over, has been passed down to us as our birth-rite. Why am I asking this...... Because I think....and this is just a thought.....I think being given so much and not knowing how we got it and what we had to do TO get it has made us soft and vulnerable. Most of what we have, was passed down to us and we are taking a lot of our blessing for granted. When things come too easy you don't appreciate it and cherish it as much. As I read around on different threads and different sites all together it seems to me that most of us have lost that natural territorialism that most men have that allows them to fight for and keep what they've accumulated. For examples: We aren't protective and jealous of our woman, what she thinks of us, and who she associate with. Because we can just as easily get another one and have all the fun we want. But if there was a rule that you can have only ONE woman and must maintain her for the rest of your life as in some cultures...we'd be a little more protective and jealous. What if other men were aggressively pursuing them and taking them away with better offers, then we wouldn't be so laid back and cool! Maybe every non-Black man you SEE walking around your neighborhood you'd be suspicious of and be ready to brick him in the head. "What the hell he doing around here...what he want???" Imagine we HAD to rely on the children we brought in this world to take care of us when we got old and sick..instead of the government. We had to rely on them to house us, keep us clean, feed us, and protect us now that we are too old to do for self. Wouldn't be so quick to abandon our children THEN would we? Wouldn't be so quick to seek abortions THEN would we? "Dang, I need my chilluns..who gonna take care of me when I git ole?" We aren't fighting and rioting over low wages and our jobs being given away. Most jobs we have we can get by on. And if we can't get by we shack up with somebody, stay at home with our parents, or live with friends and all pitch in to maintain. No big deal right? Nothing to kill nobody over..... But what if we were in a culture that FORCED men over 17 to live on their own and maintain themselves independantly with ONLY the job they have. You couldn't sell dope...it's not around. You can't steal...ain't nobody around you got anything worth stealing...lol. You couldn't even think about pimping or staying with your parents...you HAD to support yourself with whatever job you could find. I bet you'd be raising so much hell about low wages and down-sizing the politicians wouldn't rest at night. *Now....Now under THAT scenario with you struggling poor and hungery trying to survive: Imagine thousands of Mexicans marching into your hood to get jobs...lol. Imagine you saw the government giving Arabs and Indians loans and tax breaks to open up businesses in your neighborhood while you could barely eat and had to work your tail off...lol What would you do THEN? See that's why they weren't able to bring all these Mexicans and Arabs in back in the 50s and 60s...because Black men would have burned them out. We were real back then because our very livelihoods depended on jobs and businesses. We weren't about to let nobody come in and get some. What if hospitals started practicing segregation again and put us in the basements and gave us the inferior medicines and treatments? And most of the white and Asian nurses refused to touch, treat, or clean us? It would be unbearable wouldn't it? We'd be FORCED to open up our own hospitals and train our own doctors and nurses because we wouldn't be used to such foul treatment after years of integration. Now am I suggesting that we go BACKWARDS and abandon all the gains we've made in the last 40 years? No. Becuase whether I'm suggesting it or not things ARE TURNING back to those conditions for us, but it's happening so gradually we barely notice it. And because we can't see it right away, we aren't preparing ourselves for it and it's slowly slicing away at us. We need to start fighting to maintain what our ancestors fought and died for. Politicians are taking away our rights. Our women are being turned out and turned against us. Foreigners who care nothing for us are taking our places in both jobs and housing. We can't just sit back joking, partying, and having fun ingnoring the negative elements thinking all this will last forever. You're busy reading "The Power of Positive Thinking" "Black Enterprise" and selling demo tapes out the trunk of your car thinking one day you'll get rich. Meanwhile the Indians and Arabs are buying up your entire block and turning it into Little Calcutta or Bagdad. They didn't have to read a d*mn book...they got the connection! If you think these white folks are giving you a hard time, go to Asia and see if you can get a job or even THINK about marrying or screwing an Indians or Arab woman. The Koreans won't even let your black behind in the country. But they are all coming here to feast off of our carcass because America has the best think going. You can't find your particular brand of wave-pomade and you THINK you're having a bad day...lol. Oh brutha, wait until you see what's comming on the horizon if you don't learn how to fight. Brothers and Sisters, I want you to think about what I said very carefully.