DIALOGUE AND DISCUSSION ON EDUCATION, ENVIRONMENT AND RACE
There was a program that aired on CNN concerning race. It was worth watching to see the children's reaction to it. It just happened to be about race in the United States. I deduced from viewing it that it may be a wise thing to de-label oneself especially if the label is false and ladened with shards of inferiority.
What was noticeable was even the children see black people as something to be avoided. The only way out of this enigma is to throw off the cloak of inferiority and adorn a cloak of truth. That is not metaphorical, that is factual. It is a paradox because the more one anchors themselves to an inferior label the more they are viewed, treated and behave as inferior people, even though they may not be able to see it for themselves.
That is where one can benefit from a having a good guide, someone who has been through this, to help them see themselves. An authentic guide will not tell you what you see in the mirror, quite the contrary he/she will just point your self deceptions out when they invariably surface. They will encourage you to accept what is as exactly what it is and not what you want it to be.
That is what a good detective does. They collect the facts and read them for what they are, not for what the want them to be. If detectives did that they would never solves any cases. If you continue to do this you will never solve the riddle of how language was used and imprinted on your brains to motivate you to think and act as an inferior being. Moreover, you will never be aware of how you are doing it.
Is it possible? Not only is it possible it can be proved, but one will have to lay down their pre-dispositional notions and beliefs to see it. Otherwise you will be stuck forever trying to talk your way out of a paradigm you didn't create in the first place.
Think about this, if since 1865 this group you call black people still control less than 2% of the wealth of this rich nation, where you have very few companies that employ over 300 people out of 35 million, when a great deal of your babies are prison bound, when even more of them are ill educated, isn't it obvious you didn't get something right? Isn't it possible and as a consequence even probable that you missed something vital? If the conditions we see, read about and live are as they are and you can honestly say this is the right course, no problem, but if you care, if you really care, what is wrong with laying everything back on the table, your every thought, your every belief, even your blackness, for re-inspection, for critical analysis and examination?????
Those are the questions, are you willing to sift through all of what happened to detect where we went off course? If so you will need use of the methodologies, techniques and tools of a detective, but in this case you will also need the tools of a historian and the mental alchemy of a psychologist to discern what happened and how to right the course. The last question is are you willing?