Black People : The 7 Layers of Division in Black America

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  1. Liberty

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    There’s a great wish in the African American community for a wonderful utopia known as UNITY. The word brings about images of 70′s era movies where everyone picks their blow-out Afros, slaps high-fives and echoes “Right on!” in unison. This reality was lived out by our parents but now the word has become pure fantasy. A fellow AA writer and myself discussed this unity thing and came up with 7 layers of division that keeps black unity a myth. This list may not be exclusive to blacks but it plagues us and keeps us separated in a major way.

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    https://abagond.wordpress.com/2011/04/22/the-7-layers-of-division-in-black-america/
     
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    Do you think these divisions are significant enough to really divide us?
     
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    No, not at all, these 7 layers are differences not division. There is only one thing that divides us; self-hate, captured-bonding or the Stockholm syndrome.

    After reading quite a few of the responses to the Blog, no one mentioned the above, as the root cause of our disunity problems, however. But all of us understand that Black folk do not treat each other right; we just don't know why this is. So, when we say self-hate, the understanding is that it applies to individuals, as well as the Black community, at large.

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    That's what I thought, too, Clyde. Though the piece wasn't dated, I figured it must have been written before we all came together and elected President Obama despite our differences.
     
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    Very good point, we were monolithic when it came to electing Mr. Obama.

    Also, if we ever wrap our heads around Reparations, it too will be a unifying catalyst for Black people, regardless of our differences.

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    Definitely, no disagreements there.

    And, the recent killing of our unarmed youth is forcing us to lay down any petty differences, too.

    We are more united today than we were ten years ago.
     
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    Exactly, we touch and agree my sister friend.


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    that seventies-era unity age saw those same "7 layers of division." ... and at any time in the future, we will have those same differences within our ranks. "unity" doesn't mean "automatons." i don't want a million of "me" running round, thinking i know everything. it is those differences that make us strong.

    but, when talking about those things that tear us down, i've found that the thing highest on MY LIST is our--this generation of Mr. Bigg types--need to be the baddest thing around. it prevents the concept of a village raising a child...when you'd rather shoot me, than allow me to help guide your child, or listen to my criticism of your child's action. it prevents our coming together to solve a common problem...because your view becomes the only view that counts. it prevents our uniting against a common foe...because you're malcolm and i'm martin...and never the two shall meet.

    i could get into how i believe we got to that point--drugs, our youth's desire to live up to the hype of rap videos, self hating, etc--but it doesn't matter. the question is "how do we get out of it?" THAT, i have no answer for. however, we should not discount the power of our effect on an individual...and the cascade effect that can take place.

    we should always live our lives as if we're teachers in a class room, with a bunch of eyes on us. children tend to immitate the behavior of grown ups. if we give them a good example, some of them will follow it.
     
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    If many of us give good examples, MANY will follow. It all starts at home.
     
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    Two thumbs up

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