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I just browsed a post on “The Black Sentinel” titled “What is wrong with Blacks?” I thought I’d chime in on this topic.

After a life of ranting on the issue, at 40 I think I have a more mature, refined vantage point on what ails our people versus my rants of the past. This is just a short take on the topic.

For starters, it is apparent that we have lost a purpose as a people. During the civil rights movement as well as the 70’s, we had a purpose as a people to “OVERCOME” our oppression. I’ve read books that cite statements from white opponents of civil rights for blacks in this country that referred to the lack of “maturity amongst blacks” that could lead them to not be able to handle their freedoms. As I cringed every time I come across such a statement, it leads me to a perspective that Dr. Frances Cress Welsing conveyed in her book “The Isis Papers”. That an infant state of mind exists within the black community. Until we address this issue, Our plight is lost.

The way she mentioned how black men greet each other with “What up Boy” or calling their home the ‘crib” among other quotes really struck home with me. I met Dr. Welsing at Fisk University sometime back in 1994 and at the time I owned a record store. I remember observing my customers behavior in my store after my meeting her and being astonished at how accurate she was in this assesment.

Years later, I still believe this is a major issue within the black community. During the civil rights movement as well as throughout the 70’s, a sizable percentage of the black male population I believe had a mature mindset. Fast forward to today and this is not the case.

From Jay-Z’s 30’s are the new 20’s mindset, comes a plethora of “I aint ever growing up” based entertainment figures that have inspired a generation to sport long white T’s as a fashion statements that influences them to stare me up and down while we’re in line at Wal-Mart ridiculing me in their minds because I’ve got on slacks and a dress shirt.

They view me as sell-out. I got a damn mortgage. I gotta pay college tuition next year for my daughter. I’m doing what people died for, marched for during the 50’s and 60’s. And your looking down on me?

Lucky for me I know how to give the “don’t let the slacks fool you” look, just to keep em straight.

We no longer as a people have any sense of family or purpose. Hell I think these fools think that ballin is overcoming. YOUR DOING THE WORK OF YOUR OPPRESSOR YOU DUMB ASS. (Not that you’d be logged on to wordpress and reading this) Basically, our homes are broken.

The young black male today doesn’t see a future for themselves in any corporate structure within their community. The skilled labor jobs have gone to illegal aliens in their respective communities so if a guy wanted to do right, their just isn’t any path to doing right available for them. To that extent, I do understand. Being from Gary, I gotta understand this.

But it doesn’t help that Plies and these other ignorant ass rappers are constantly in these young brothers ears talkin bout, “get yo hustle on mane”.

One of my co-workers has worked long and hard as a single mother to raise her two children in a way so they could go to college. The son has constantly given her headaches. He just wants to chill and get women. She got him into school at Winston Salem St and he is close to flunking out.

Essentially, he’d rather work his job at the commissary on a military installation bagging groceries and getting tax free tips while living with mom rent free. His dad is a buster who really had no involvement in his upbringing.

The problem with this scenario is that there are much older black men who have the same mentality as this 20 year old. I won’t even go into how black women play into this. Let’s just say I have a constant daily interaction with their “I don’t give a shit bout a black guy” personality whenever I visit the gas station, Wal-mart, department store, or local restaurant. They are/have been affected by the broken home syndrome as much as the black male has.

Basically, we need to grow up as a people or we will be left behind.

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So Obama might just be the next president of the U.S.. While I applaud his position, I also have to signal the need for his black supporters to “wake up and smell what’s brewing”.

I mentioned in previous post how a Barack win will bring about a new type of perspective on blacks in the eyes of quite a bit of White America. The first thought that comes to mind is that since he is articulate (like millions upon millions of other Blacks) and (if) he actually wins the presidency and does his time in the White House, then this will provide a step forward in the area of racial relations in this country.

Then comes: Racism? What Racism”.

This is where the “wake up” comes in. The Obama-Clinton race for the Democrat nomination demonstrated just how much racism is still in existence in this country. It’s true the mere fact a black man can be seen as a viable candidate for the Presidency and receive millions upon millions of votes from white voters is surely a sign that race relations have taken a monumental leap from the year I was born (68).

On the contrary, the venomous campaign approach Clinton used to stay in the race showed just how easily it is to stoke white racist feelings about black men and people in general, and use it as a motivating tool to go against anything that involves the improvement of black people, whether it be in their personal lives or the perception of black life/people in all of the Americas.

Which brings me to this; A blacks ability to advance in this country is going to take a DRAMATIC change with an Obama Presidency.

Expect more heated and intense challenges to affirmative action from whites.

Expect even more scrutiny when the need to use anti-discrimination laws justifiably arise

Expect more charges that blacks are racist towards whites

Expect there to be a perception that everything is level now. We do have a black president, you know…

The days of a Shaq rapping about Kobe (justifiably) and using the n word without receiving heat are gone. Shaq got a taste of that years ago when he mocked Chinese dialect when making a statement about Yao Ming.

Black people, if we are going to cry a hissy fit about a guy like Imus saying the N word or something racist, we’ve got to expect that we need to be held to the same standard.

It’s a unique time for black people here in the U.S.. I for one believe it’s going to be a good, positive change overall. It’s going to be tough. The majority (whites) still and will continue to do things that WE blacks know are racist.

It happens to me at least once a day as a black man. Every singe f_ckin day. Sometimes in small subtle occurances. Other times in ways that simply Makes Me Wanna Holla!

It’s time for us to police our own. We have alot of growing to do within our own community. Our own little Zimbabwe’s and Mugabe’s across the country within our own communities. We’ve been needing a jolt and I believe the Obama experience is and will catapult us into the next episode.

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