"Can't All Of Us Black Folks Just Get Along?" Not?
We all have some anger from the previous generation. But when do we stop venting and start making changes. I too, being just a child when the Panthers came into being, looked back on the whole Black Power Movement and took issue with the sad state of affairs that I found my community, the Black community in. I said to myself and a couple of them that they too failed us, my generation. But in reality I had to reassess the situation and say, "but they must have done all they could do 'cause they tried and it shows that they tried." It wasn't like they just layed down and took a lot of shit. They created inumerable organizations and fought and died.
Young sister, please read the Cointelpro (Counter Intelligence Program) Document. It is somewhere on this forum and I am sure that if you did a search that you could find it. It will give you a new perspective on what was prevented from being accomplished. Search for Black Wall Street and read and learn the stories of the many communities that existed like Black Wall Street, but were burned to the ground. Read, young sister read and learn so that "YOU" can make a difference for your people too.
I am the oldest person on this particular thread so far. But I can relate to hip hop because I have taken the time to listen and "hear" what is being said. I see the manifestation and the entrenchment of that whole Blackploitation mindset coming from the movies of the 1970's. The liberal use of the "Pimping and Hoeing" terminology all came from that era. It has just become totally repulsive and self destructive to an extreme inconceivable to my mind as a child. They sold plenty of drugs when I was a I child -teenager. It just wasn't as rampant and self-destructive in "all" the major city "ghettoes" as it had been say "New York, L.A., and Chicago." Hell back then I even smoked weed. I find no use for it now, but it was a bridge I had to cross. It is not germaine to my existence anymore and had I had "proper" guidance and direction I don't think I ever would have indulged.
I am ashame to say it, but by me watching those movies of the Blackploitation period, I too wanted to be a "Pimp" and a big time "Drug Dealer" (which I call petty drug peddlers now that I know the real story). That's what was being glorified in my day along with the Black Power Movement. I was actually receiving two different messages! I am lucky that I ain't screwed up and fucked up in the head and in somebody's mental institution 'cause I was surely being programmed as I went to the show every chance I got, damn near every week. Superfly and everything related to this "Black Cultural Icon" permeated my brain and everything in and around my 'hood. From the hairstyle to the clothes to the dope to the women was "in." It just goes to show you how powerful the media (medium of communication) is in it's ability to influence the positive development or destruction of young Black minds. The "Superfly" movie soundtrack must have went 10 times platinum and that was back in the day. It could be heard on every record player in the Black community. Now what we have today is "Superfly" to the tenth power. This is the legacy that I was left with. We all was left with this. I am in pain too, but the key is that I can sit back and analyze this BS and realize what has taken place. Where the mistakes were made and how we can come up out of this foolishness, this craziness, because that is exactly what it is when you have wanton disregard for your peoples' well being and progress. And participate in your own destruction and the destruction of future generations, including your children and grandchildren.
Now, I have teenagers. I do lots of teaching. Night and day. My motto is, "I must stay sane and sober and out the "streets", so that I can teach, set an example, and continue to be a role model." Drugs is everywhere within our communities. Literally on every corner. What household do you know of within the entire Black community that has not been "touched" by the drug epidemic? How can we combat this? What are we going to leave for my children's generation? Your Children? I am willing to work on whatever project is going to pull us out this mess. If it is sincerity, commitment, and "work" then I am all for it. We all are angry, but let's deal with it and come up with solutions and not exacerbate an already volatile situation. We are hurting people. We all are. I feel that I am hurting more than any of you because I have been here longer, but when I look at my elders who have been in this struggle trying to survive and make revolution at the same time, I can only imagine what they have gone through. That is when I cast my petty azz pain aside, pull up my bootstraps, wipe the tears away and find my way back to the front lines. My pain is no greater than the next sister's or brother's. I have not walked in their shoes. I may not have been "as homeless, as hungry, as cold, as stepped on as much, so I do not portend that my pain is greater. For anyone thinking that their "Black" pain is any greater than any other Black person's pain then I always ask, "Do you want to exchange pain?"
In closing, superimposing thousands of years old cultural pradigms on a young mindset bombarded with all the aforementioned negativity is not how we achieve the objective, which is to enlist as many soldiers as possible by cultivating and developing and teaching and setting new cultural paradigms. Alienating our youth is not going to advance us one iota, because these are the ones we so desperately love and need. They are "our" offspring and they are hurting. That is why you see me here.
Hopefully, I have made a breakthrough here, because that definitely was my intent.
Last edited by Sadiku; 07-17-2005 at 04:38 AM.
"Life is about Death - It is a fight for survival to the very end. ." Sadiku
"Who wants equality with murderers, thieves, rapists, cheaters, liars,
grave robbers, baby killers, baby stealers, savages, brutes and beasts?
Who wants equality with the devil himself?" - Sadiku
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"Nobody can give you freedom. Nobody can give you equality or
justice or anything. If you're a man, you take it." - Malcolm X