Cultural

Black Pride? Why? Oh yes… I’m going there!

Say it LOUD… I’m Black and I’m PROUD! We’ve all heard that chant before. Shoot, I did a little chanting of this phrase myself in my youth. But, as I matured, I had to take a long, hard look at the ghettos, slums, projects, poverty, the astronomical illegitimacy rate, gang violence and a plethora of other blights plaguing “minority communities”. I asked myself, what’s prideful about this mess? What do I see that I should be proud of? It looked more like failure to me. I know that there are individuals who have much to be proud of, but as a race, not so much. Certainly people are not proud simply because their skin happens to be black, are they? No…. No, that can’t be. Can it? No, no, no…. I’m going to say no as my final answer because that would be like people being proud just because they’re gay!! How silly is that? Oh…..wait….
Pride: Definition # 1: satisfaction with self:the happy satisfied feeling somebody experiences when having or achieving something special that other people admire
               Definition # 2: proper sense of own value:the correct level of respect for the importance and value of your personal character, life, efforts, or achievements.
               Definition # 3: feeling of superiority: a haughty attitude shown by somebody who believes, often unjustifiably, that he or she is better than others

Ok, I’m going to try to figure out where all of this Black pride is coming from by analyzing the word pride based on it‘s definitions…. here goes!

Analysis of Definition #1: I can definitely see having pride in your accomplishments and achieving something special that causes others to admire what you’ve done. However, people of all races are worthy of that kind of pride, right? So, since definition number one is not exclusive to Blacks, I can scratch it off and move on to the next definition. Wow, that was easy! So far, so good!

Analysis of Definition #2: There’s absolutely nothing wrong with having pride for being a person of good character; for personal achievements and living a good life or in seeing your efforts bear fruit. Once again though, this source of pride is not unique to Blacks, so I‘m moving on to definition number three.

Analysis of Definition # 3: Well, who would openly admit to feelings of superiority based on skin color that is not a full blown, out of the closet racist? I know that there are Black supremacists just as there are White supremacists. Don’t lie to yourself about that Black people because you know it’s true. Racism these days come from people of all hues and it’s equally disgusting no matter your skin color. I think reasonable people of all races can agree that being a racist is certainly nothing to be proud of, so, I can conclude that definition number three is not the source of Black pride either.

Sooo… the definition analysis was a bust! I’m still at a loss for why I’m hearing people chant “Black Pride” in this day and age, especially when Blacks are number one in every negative category: illegitimacy, poverty, number of abortions had, incarcerations, high school dropouts, low college matriculation— you get my point, right? Blacks might be second in some of these categories by now since Hispanics are giving us a run for our money…or should that be a run for taxpayer’s money? It’s public knowledge that Blacks are doing poorly in these categories and it’s preventing us from succeeding as a race; so, what’s there to be proud of based on “blackness”? At this point, the only answer I can come up with is that most blacks (and Hispanics) follow liberalism (Democrats, Progressives, Socialists, Communist–yep, those people). Liberalism teaches one to be proud of being on the losing end; after all, in the Liberal’s view, there are no losers! However, this sense of pride born from the sixties and seventies is false today, but many Blacks are still trying to hold on to it… umm, well, this false sense of pride certainly seems to be embraced by “African-Americans” (use of that term deserves a blog of its own!).

Let’s face it people, we’re Americans….period! We are of different races and therefore, we have some cultural differences based on heritage, (Italian, Irish, Black etc.) but ultimately, as Americans, our collective culture is Americana! In my opinion, there is nothing pride worthy about belonging to whatever race you happen to belong to; that happened by chance. I see no problem with being proud of whom you are as a human being and I am certainly VERY proud to be an American. I feel profoundly blessed to have been born in the United States of America, but do I feel a sense of pride based on skin color/race? Nope! That’s ridiculous. Pride and having a sense of high self regard comes from your accomplishments. It’s not something that you can just make up; it’s earned!

Since we are Americans, it’s only our excuses and our lack of desire that holds us down! Our failures and our successes are solely in our hands. Ever ask yourself why so many foreigners who come to the USA succeed? It’s because of their desire to do so AND their appreciation for what many Americans take for granted….FREEDOM and OPPORTUNITY! If Robert Smalls (a slave) had the will and determination to escape and free his family, himself and other slaves by commandeering a naval ship in 1862, no Black person today should be using racism or white oppression as an excuse for their failures! As a result of his efforts, Robert Smalls became a Captain in the United States Navy! Yes! An escaped slave was a Captain in the US Navy in 1862! It’s now 2011 and “you is free” so, get “outta” here with that crazy “the White man holdin’ me down” nonsense!!

You know what? There is one positive category where Blacks rank number one: Churchgoers! According to a 2010 Gallup Poll, Blacks top the list of churchgoers at 55%; right up there with Republicans/Conservatives (also at 55%). Imagine that– Blacks ranking with Conservatives! Liberals ranked at 27%. Can you see why following them puts us at number one in all negative categories!? When we start following God’s word and stop blindly following Liberals (other wise, why go to church so much), we will fall from number one in the negative categories and we will rise as surely as Jesus rose from the dead! Amen! Get Black to your roots, Black folk….come on home and embrace your conservative roots and values. Live up to your potential the way God intended for you to! That would be something to be proud of! Amen.

Originally posted Saturday, July 2, 2011 at http://followingharriet.blogspot.com/

9 thoughts on “Cultural

  1. Great blog! Also read the 3/5th explanation on your other blog (and shared on facebook since so many are clueless as to what it actually meant). Thank you!!!!

  2. Thank you for visiting our blog, Jeanette and Vimax! Funny, people tell me that I have a way with words often… LOL… hope that’s a good thing! God bless… Please share and visit again!

  3. I read your blog and in my opinion you missed the point of “Black Pride”. First of all allow me to identify myself, I’m a proud American, who is also “Black”.I’m a Roman Catholic and a proud Christain. I’m a community activist of sort, (I know a dirty word since President Obama) But I speak to youth about their potential which includes largely black youth. I don’t speak on black pride per say but I think it has its place. You can read more at http://www.clintonjiggetts.me Though in another discussion I can tell you about my disgust with the hi-jacking of Christianity, and the Bible that occurred over thousands of years that resulted in greatly flawed and detrimental religions including my own Catholic faith. Man in my opinion is inherently evil and therefore anything we touch we eventually destroy that is why my faith lies with God and God alone.

    Similar to my political views I think the church is flawed in many ways, but I side with God and do not I consider myself a moderate independent. I think all politics are contaminated, and rigged and therefore refuse to be affiliated with one party over the other though most of my friends and family joke and call me a republican. I’m sure you know what that is like as “republican” is a dirty word in the black community. I laugh and explain who I really am,and how foolish I think it is to side one one group and therefore be associated with their ups and downs.

    Back to the point of my response, I think the major flaw in your argument is you misinterpreted the reason to have “black pride” in in 2012. For the reasons you listed that include all the negative marks toward our people, the kids who are growing up in these broken homes, broken communities, and broken schools need to understand there’s more. In order to understand there is more it begins with pride in one self, you can say have pride of simply being an American but they don’t see “Americans” walking around they see black people. The one’s who were not as blessed as me to have father who always had a lesson to teach, and is celebrating 38 years of marriage to my mother this year may be at a lost. So having someone say love yourself, be proud to be black not ashamed because of what others have done to bring negative stereotypes of your race. So with that I think teaching black pride is GREAT.

    Where I think it can be destructive is in its exclusive and becomes racist. When one thinks they are inherently better than white people for example because they are black. You stated “Since we are Americans, it’s only our excuses and our lack of desire that holds us down! Our failures and our successes are solely in our hands” this statement ignores the youth who don’t know their potential never had a positive person around them their whole lives and will unfortunately continuing the harmful stages that occurred in their life. So black pride is GREAT, and we need more of it because its a multi-generational issue to correct the lost of parents being parents, children being children and pride being an all inclusive mind state instead of a option viewed as only available to the elite “others”

    So I say it loud I’M BLACK AND I’M PROUD!

  4. Thank you for writing this article. I found it quite enlightening. Again, your style is great, setting up arguments and following them down their courses one by one, very eloquent.

    The most I can say about myself, is I am a Christian, born again by the blood of Jesus Christ. He teaches us love for Him and that love overflows to others.

    If you all are ever in Los Angeles, stop by Hope Chapel Hermosa Beach on a Friday or Saturday night, or Sunday morning and worship with us. We’d be PROUD to have you with us! God bless you!

  5. This reminds me a lot of the Wall Street 99%, and the heat that some of them got (albeit rarely) for not having a clear and concise message. Most of them were utterly clueless about what had just happened to the financial sector of the world, and even those who did have a bit of a clue could not explain it. Their demands were confusing. And yet, were they wrong to protest the banks, or the governments who continued to allow the behaviour?

    In my mind, most black people in America are clueless as to what ‘Black Pride’ means. This does not mean that there is no validation for black pride. In Sri Lanka, where I live, children learn about the warriors, poets and ship builders who arrived here from East and Central Africa and made a home on the Western Coast, primarily Negombo. These people continue to use their own (sadly endangered) language and have their own manners of dress, music/ dance, and martial arts. They continue to be boat builders and many are of the caste of ‘sea faring warriors’ (called Kaurava or Kurukulam).They are also mixed with Tamil castes. It is mandatory for all schoolchildren to visit these places as a part of the island-wide education about all of our native cultures.

    If you have only been educated in the United States, where learning about black people only comes in some odd ‘Black History Month’ rather than following the natural chronological order, it’s no wonder that you would feel no affection for the hollow term ‘Black Pride’. I have met very few American black people who understand what the hell I am talking about if I say ‘you look very Ghanain’ or you must have some Eastern blood in you, since your facial features are slender’. If ‘black’ is a one-size-fits-all label, it’s hard to have a connection.

    I am a bit confused that you are ‘proud to be an American’, and yet you are not proud to be black, since pride is something that must be earned. I would not call being born a great accomplishment, and there is no litmus test for citizenship.

    You have mentioned that so many people come to America for freedom and prosperity. I must tell you that this was not always my experience. I was jobless for nearly 5 months. An HR manager told me that she hadn’t returned my many calls despite a stellar resume since she ‘thought Rasheeda was black’. Incidentally, I’m about as white as a ghost. I changed my name on my CV and was hired in three days. I’m really happy for you if you do not have this experience there, but many black Americans do, and many of them who have the means have gone to England, continental Europe, or even here to Sri Lanka for better opportunities and freedom.

    Here is a link to a video of another Sri Lankan group of African ancestry. Despite their small numbers, the Creoles have added to culture here tremendously.

    All American Black people who would like a fresh start, why not come here to paradise?

  6. Wow!! This commentary is such a fantastic view. It applies not only to black people but every person. What you just pointed out is a universal truth. We are all in the driver’s seat of our own destiny. Love it. Keep up the good work.

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