Im a Psychology Major at my local University. During many of my sessions of studying human behavior there is one theme that is continual and that is man's desire for self preservation. I've noticed that every group except black folks understand the desire for self preservation. WE seem incapabale of understanding the desire to see our group prosper is inate, and not a wrong thing. In fact, unless we posess this desire we are doomed to perish. This way of thinking manifests throughout our community. It's not that we can't do better, rather we focus too hard on how we will be viewed by others if we focus too intently on ways to make people who look like us propser. Yet no other group stops and thinks for a second how it looks to others. In fact, our inability to recognize this detriment to our thinking has made us targets in our own backyards. As someone pointed out in another thread, we have people boldly moving into our communities and victimizing us, Arabs, Asians ect. And their efforts are to ensure the survival of their offspring and elevate them into a place of power at the expense of our offspring. I think also that this opression of what is natural is what leads to depression and a feeling of hopelessness in the face of adversity. It is the reasons our kids have taken up arms and begun to fight one another. Their war is not with one another but the system, but some how they've been convinced that they are not to desire surival and fight back. The frustration as a result is devastating for us on many levels. So tell me brothers and sisters, why do black people fight so vehemently against the most natural of instincts, self preservation? And how do we combat this mind set? I know for many adults it may be too late, but what about our childre?. How do we make them understand that instead of turning the guns on one another that they must turn their minds towards their community and that there is NOTHING wrong in doing so? That it's okay to want to work towards living. Thisis a matter of their survival.