by Rahim Islam
In my last article I spoke about Black Economics and the Ultimate “Catch 22” and my premise is while we have many challenges, our biggest challenge is US.
We are unable to support our Black businesses because fundamentally, we have drank the Kool-Aid of White Supremacy and Black Inferiority.
Why is this? This subject requires extensive analysis but I would like to make a few major points:
1) Europeans have used to perpetuate and maintain the myth/Big Lie of European supremacy and WHITE PRIVILEGE, invincibility, and the originality and maintenance of the myth/ Big Lie of African inferiority and nothingness is EDUCATION (MIS-EDUCATION).
The entire education SYSTEM was designed to subordinate, exploit, create mental confusion and the creation of an absolute and total dependency of Africans on Europeans and to produce people who would participate in the process of European colonial rule – Blacks would participate in the process of their own oppression (i.e. House Negro to the hundred degree) through the acute alienation (divide and conquer) and the psychological imitation – the behaviors, culture, values, life-styles, moral preferences.
In addition, we have been taught to OUTRIGHT reject anything associated with Blacks – in many cases, we revel in the hope that our oppression of each other receives the favor of the oppressor.
The majority of the African world had been braindead, brain-damaged, and culturally comatose.
#2) Europeans have used religion to perpetuate and maintain the BIG LIE.
Ask yourself, if you were the Devil/Big Lie, where would you hide?
Religion is the perfect vehicle, because once religion becomes an acceptable tradition, a lie can then be covered within the spirituality of a tradition making it virtually impossible for anyone to question the validity of what’s being taught or question the lie – the big lie is that God, the Creator of the Heavens and Earth and everything in between, is a White man and all of the people of God and Heaven are portrayed as European and the Devil is black.
The combination of both weapons has created two different diseases: Europeans – White Supremacy and Privilege and for Africans – Inferiority and Submission.
The “disease” conspiracy orchestrated against Africans has/is being supported by a number of secret orders.
Over the past 600 years there have been numerous challenges (resistance movements) in Africa, the Caribbean, and North and South America that have all been crushed.
#3) The Black man in America has a double dose of damage due to the nearly 400 years of chattel slavery and Jim Crow terror, which produced a natural desire to be educated by a contaminated education system and a civil rights movement that produced the ultimate emulation.
We now have the dilemma “Legacy of Slavery” multiplied with its creation of “culture of failure” self-fulfilling prophecy (Abolish the “N” word).
Any solution must involve a strong and massive de-Europeanize, de-mystify, de-toxify, and de-brainwashing of our SUBCONSCIOUS MIND of the INVISIBLE DRUG CALLED EUROCENTRIC MISEDUCATION.
EDUCATION HAS BUT ONE PURPOSE AND ONE PURPOSE ONLY – TRAIN THE STUDENT TO BE A PROPER HANDLER OF POWER. BEING BLACK AND BEAUTIFUL MEANS NOTHING UNTIL ULTIMATELY YOU ARE BLACK AND POWERFUL.
THE WORLD IS RULED BY POWER NOT BLACKNESS OR BEAUTY and every attempt by Africans in America has been undermined by our own people.
By design our community is unable to mount any real campaign because of our conditioning and current state of the Black Community – Out of Position.
The Black community is “out of position” because our foundation – the Black family – has been broken by design.
The Black family is out of position because the black man and the black woman are out of position by design.
This is not relegated to any segment of our group – we have all been impacted (i.e. political, religious, income, etc.).
As a Black man, I too am out of position and trying to turn my situation around.
On a personal level, I, like so many of my peers, am a product of a broken family and being divorced twice, I have raised children in a broken family with my children repeating some the failures their parents and grandparents have made.
Unfortunately, this design cycle will continue unless we figure out how to halt it.
On a global scale, let’s consider the following: The Black man is out of position by design.
In too many cases, the Black man is unable to be the leader, provider (breadwinner), and protector of his family which has caused a serious crack in the man/female relationship.
While this is not a new phenomenon, it has worsened over the past 50 years correlating with the high level of unemployment and underemployment for a significant population of Black men (nearly 45-60%).
Black men are under attack from every socioeconomic angle (nearly 2/3 subjected by the prison industrial complex) making him more stressed than any other group in America evidenced by the disparaging levels of health disparities, depression, drug addiction, domestic violence, family abandonment, and death. Recently, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) formally announced a new cause of death for Black men “Legal Intervention” – death caused by police. For many Black men, these and other issues threaten their ability to deal with our women.
What are we teaching our sons?
The Black woman is out of position by design.
Black women are equally out of position being thrust into the role as “head of household.”
Their position is further supported by numerous public policies that favored them over their men and has developed a labor pool that over the past 50 years has significantly advanced the black woman both educationally and economically (they go hand-to-hand) over the Black man – creating a sense of independence of the Black women towards the Black men.
Coupled with discrimination in the work place (it’s been documented that corporate American view hiring black woman as safer than hiring black men); an inept public school system where black males are failing three times higher than black females (the pipeline is primed to continue this trend); the mass incarceration of our Black men; and mass media romanticizing “single mother head of household” – the subliminal message is that the Black women doesn’t need a Black man (I can do bad by myself).
If truth be told and mothers are truly honest – this is a bad situation for everyone, especially our children.
For those mothers who attempt to do it right, it’s exhausting.
It’s nearly impossible for a mother to raise a family by herself.
For many Black women, these and other issues threaten their ability to deal with our men.
What are we teaching our daughters? When we examine the issues of Black men and women, we must always consider the “legacy of slavery” and by design our family has been broken. Why?
The 300-year captivity of Blacks serves as one of the saddest commentaries on man’s inhumanity to man.
The tales of this period of our history were so brutal and morbid and the level of cruelty was incomparable to anything recorded in modern recorded history.
Our ancestors were hunted, captured, sold, and treated worse than animals representing massive physical, emotional, psychological and spiritual trauma followed by 100 more years of Jim Crow laws, the enactment of Black Codes, domestic terror (i.e. KKK, lynching, police abuse, etc.), and the institutionalization of inequities and massive disparities that we continue to fight to this day.
Our families have been broken by design.
These scars, trauma and the effects of such horrible abuse didn’t end with the abolition of slavery and we have inherited attitudes, personalities, mores, and traditions that have been shaped by these traumatic psychological conditions.
How we view the role of father, mother, family, community, and self, has all been negatively influenced by our history in this country.
Our families have been broken by design.
In spite of these challenges, we have nothing to be ashamed of.
In fact, our history should be a badge of honor and affirmation to the greatness of our people, and should be front and center in everything we do.
We will never truly understand our plight and how our families were broken by design until we understand firsthand the enormity of the crimes perpetrated against our ancestors, which continue today with the massive disparities we face today with no real solution in sight.
It’s no wonder that the Black children (male and female) are “out of position” because the Black man and woman (Black Family) is out of position by design but we can begin to fix this by relearning the skills needed to not only increase the number of our marriages, but also to increase the number of marriages that stay together.
Marriage is a skill that is only mastered by doing – if we don’t commit to it, we won’t be successful.
Being a father and a mother is a skill that is taught from successful parents and also learned by doing.
Being a man and woman in a family partnership where both parties are individually fulfilled is a skill that is also taught from successful parents and learned by doing.
To address our issues we must stop repeating the failures of our parents especially as it relates to the number of children that are part of a broken family.
In fact, in many cases, we are out-pacing our parents: in the number of failed marriages or no marriage; number of children born out of wedlock; and the number of children with siblings that have a different father (and different last name), etc.
In addition to the shrinkage of “good” Black families as role models (nearly 75% of all Black Families has a single-parent head of household); the statistical fact of the low number of Blacks marrying (nearly 45%) coupled with lost knowledge of the “skill/art” of marriage – our future looks very bleak unless we begin to address these issues head-on.
While our families have been broken by design, we have the ability, capacity, and the historical strength to break this design.