DIALOGUE AND DISCUSSION ON EDUCATION, ENVIRONMENT AND RACE
The 'mental plantation' has been spoken of on many ocassions and I am attempting to dissect, decipher, and decode this...syndromic disorder as a means of preparing for my escape! #help?
Albums: The Re-Education of the American Negro
Location: My Time Machine
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The yellow star marks my starting spot in this maze! Question I ask myself is 'how did I end up on this mental plantation and exactly what is this state of being'. Given the history of my ancestors in this society (culture) it is not really questionable as to how I have managed to find myself here. Having been what is called manumission-ed or, if you like "emancipated" through proclamation by high authority, it has been a generation-to-generation experience. How I perceive my particular situation is a result of beginning to develop a sense of self that is probably counter to what has been thrush-ed upon me through the process of system-designed education, which I never really excelled in. Now I imagine being trapped as it were in an almost inescapable maze. Which, I ask, would be a potent first step in escaping? :-)
Is there a bar or fear against education? I imagine that in order to be 'enlightened' one must at least be educated to a point. I have seen to many arguments based on alleged/supposed "facts" where the protagonist and antagonist are both...lost in the sauce! :-)
I have long since stopped trying to explain to people that there are ways that I will not converse them and that I try hard not to engage in speculator conversations about so called "white folk"! I am too busy with my own thoughts on things not directly related to 'what' people are doing, black or white. There are too many things that interest me and then there are things that I am concerned about that many people would find it hard to maintain a conversation with me about. Therefore, I am reduced mostly to just reading and imagining. Oh there are some people who I can have conversation with who seem genuinely interested in what I have 'turned up' relative to certain aspects of...life in the construct!
Would it be wise to take a tip from Hansel when going through this maze and drop a few pebbles along the journey?
Thank You Adisa, by addressing the question, you enable me to see the context and that allows me to grasp in such a way as to be able to hold on to the thought.
@ Dr. Black, the treasury I made reference to connected back to one of my initial responses to the thread.
The word "thesaurus" is derived from 16th-century New Latin, in turn from Latin thēsaurus, which is the Latinisation of the Greek θησαυρός (thēsauros), "treasure, treasury, storehouse".
Why a maze, E?
Therefore having recognized characteristics of this "mentality" in myself, next comes identifying the makeup of the 'plantation of the mind'.
As I continue to contemplate this attempt at escape from the mental plantation it did not just occur to me that this condition was not fostered in me by my own hand. I heard a scholar speak of generational ignorance as it relates to how many of the Negro had been fed this particular stream of ignorance by 'slave masters' and how it was passed from one generation to the next. I now imagine that the great thinkers or visionists of yore may not have been gifted with so much intuitive thoughts as to even presume that the Negro would still be challenged by...the slave mentality or remnants thereof.
What is the treasury, are you making reference to an institution?
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