as always, well stated. and with a good historical perspective. what was a community is now the individual. life is a game and those at the top are there cuz they better at playing it, while the bottom are better at being played.<quoted text>
In a certain regard, black men are no different than any other race of men, in that there exist factions within each race that are progressive forward thinkers and builders of communities and then, there are those who are parasitic, non contributors who diminish that which is built by others. The aforementioned group in each race always exist in a minority while the latter simply feeds off and benefits from the aforementioned efforts.
At the root of our issue is the fact that on a microscopic level, people know what is possible by the legacy left to them by their antecedents. In other words, if a specific group bequeaths to their descendants the tradition of creating wealth and erecting a fence around their community to keep the prosperity within, then each generation will almost automatically replicate this process.
And though, we as a collective, INTELLECTUALLY understand this concept, we have never had a sustained tradition over any protracted period of history in which we might characterize it as TRADITION; so we, in this country are absent of a HISTORICAL BLUEPRINT.
Secondly, a black community has to first exist in order for us to conceive of endeavoring on it's behalf or in it's best interest; and black communities no longer exist, only black neighborhoods! "Community" implies a cohesive mindset that gives birth to efforts from and on behalf of the collective good of it's respective denizens.
When we were mutually oppressed without gender distinction and economically segregated by fierce institutional racism that denied us the right to self determination; we worked together as an act of self preservation, but once the foot was lifted off our neck, there was a mad scramble for the door. We allowed ourselves to be defeated by the militant ideological forces of divide and conquer, to such an extent that we no longer recognize each other as having a common plight or sharing a common interest.
Which leaves those remaining BLACK MEN to think of themselves as US against THEM free agents, imbued with responsibilities only for those in their immediate care, left blind to a community that he has to spiritually squint his eyes in order to see. If there is to ever be any reconstitution of our communities it well have to come from the brave and unselfish few; who will have to create and demonstrate until others return to the fold.
And the sad part about all this is that we have it within our economic means to manifest a new reality if we ever put down the ideological weapons that were placed in our respective gender hands that keeps us separated into warring factions instead of functioning as a productive unit.
There are in fact many brothers who think and feel obligated to service the debt owed to our antecedents but are left staggered by the counter-prevailing winds of individualism, It's all about me-ism and gender-centrism. Posterity will not look upon us kindly at the hour in which we stand before her if there is no amelioration of our conditions.
the government has always been at war with the aa community. jim crow turned into the 'war on drugs' and mass incarceration, government programs and social engineering policies that destoyed the aa family, and the silencing of black leadership.
but much of what plagues the aa community, aa are complicit in. cuz the new game requires aa to participate in our own destruction.
my question is, where are the men? where are the thinkers planners and organizers? why does it seem like the entire community is in a collective daze? what's up with this generation of aa that doesn't seem to understand anythng?