Black People : Resistance to cultural assimilation

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  1. Corvo

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    Resistance to cultural assimilation

    Cultural assimilation is a socio-political response to demographic multi-ethnicity that supports or promotes the assimilation of ethnic minorities into the dominant culture. It is opposed to affirmative philosophy (for example, multiculturalism) which recognizes and seeks to maintain differences.
    The term assimilation is often used with regard to immigrants and various ethnic groups who have settled in a new land. New customs and attitudes are acquired through contact and communication. The transfer of customs is not simply a one-way process. Each group of immigrants contributes some of its own cultural traits to its new society. Assimilation usually involves a gradual change and takes place in varying degrees; full assimilation occurs when new members of a society become indistinguishable from older members. Or as in the case of enslaved Africans who were forced to relinquish their traditions both religious and cultural.

    The process of cultural change
    http://anthro.palomar.edu/change/change_2.htm

    Is cultural change an on going process? Yes, but it should not come by force from others who are not from the group it self.

    Aside from all the issues that we face, lack of wealth (most), control of our own resources (most) and our own education system. I feel that we are losing our African ways and cultural perspectives. Instead of a debate over what culture we should adhere to. I was curios to know what things some of you chose to keep as your personal culture or what group participation do you practice to stay within an African cultural sphere?

    I personally take great offense to the arrogance of the Brits and their child the U.S.A in their push for western cultural adaptation and worst their intolerance of other older and mush wiser cultures.


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  2. Mikha'el

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    I dnt chose to keep any one particular aspect of african culture.....i adhere to the traditions n cultural practices that i grew up on n have grown to love..if they fall under african culture than whaever idc...i try not to look at things such as this from a subcultural point of view...I have the dropped the notion of race.....i'd rather not adhere to the notion that im "black" whether society says i am or not.
     
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    There has been no cultural resistance to white supremacy since the 70s,
    and every rapper that has tried to do that has not done anything new, they have just rehashed and upgraded what the Last Poets have done

    Hitler said the key is to sieze the minds of the youth

    and they have done that

    Now what?:11300::qqb008:
     
  4. Corvo

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    Perhaps a different approach will help;

    For those of you who feel that it’s important to retain, re-educate or familiarize themselves with their African ways. I.e. African dance, African martial arts and perspectives, Religions. What practices do you get involved with to keep connected and further educate yourselves with? And do you teach your children these perspectives?

    I teach an African centered form of Capoeira, participate in African drumming and have helped during African dance classes. I also am a practitioner of an African derived religion. These things help me keep connected to my African roots and perspectives. I was wandering if others felt as I do. And if others here look to make such connections with others.

    AXE!



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    Brother Corvo all due respect and each person doing .......yeah we heard that and been doing that since reconstruction but

    look at the community!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Einstein said doing the same thing over and over and expecting different result is ....................?


    Until the masses of the youth pick up the mantle of this effort and use their vast technological advantage to muiply this like MLM

    use the technology that;
    Kwame Ture,
    Ron Karenga,
    Ed Bullins,
    The Young Lords
    , The last Poets,
    Sonia Sanchez,
    the Denizulu dancers,
    Papa son MartialArts Federation,
    Moses Powel,
    Barabar Ann Teer
    and the National Black theater of the 60s and 70s,
    the New Breed,
    Pharoah Sanders,
    Yusef lateef,
    Sun Ra,
    Abubadika Sonny Carson
    Queen Mother Moore
    the original Rastas; The Falashas
    and the hundreds of Afrocentric artists and artisans that graced the East for 20 years at Claver Place in Brooklyn

    did not have,

    then we will just have to wait another 50 years while the masses languish and a few small groups in "cultural rafts" will survive the tide


    A minute ago;
    HBCU progressive Black students came to Imam Jamal Amin, and said;
    Please brother Brown we need your leadership look at what is going on!

    the former H Rap Brown said,

    I did what I did when I was your age

    Now it is time for you youth to be creative and do like wise

    I am an old man and will take care of my grocery store , my mosque and enjoy quality time with my gradchildren, En Sha a Allah
     
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    If what I think you are saying is true, Then that is a sad day for me!
     
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    How do you keep from becoming a western imitation?
     
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    Although I consider seeking to separate oneself from one's race to be pathological, Mikha'el has made a VALID point - Culture is not something outside ourselves. It's more than music, clothes, those OUTTER things that most think it is. Culture is integral to who we are, what we're about, how we chose to go about what we're about, in short, one LIVES one's culture in everyday life.
     
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