After yet another very emotional bout with racism and disgust, BlackParentSpeaks feels a need to write and share. My journey is real and it seems that my purpose has always been.
In order to both survive and ‘live’, Black folk must begin to internalize truth. Fact one: White folk do not like Black folk. Fact two: White folk will continue to rationalize their racist words and behaviors as long as they believe they are able to skirt responsibility and blame. And, Fact three: There are significant and obvious differences between White people and Black people.
Essential to ‘Black’ survival is the knowledge that each and every Black life has been impacted as a result of slavery and racism. Words can never adequately express Black people’s suffering at the hands of White folk. Both White men and White women are guilty and both should be consciously and actively seeking forgiveness while donating to BlackAngryWomen and/or other entities of racial truth and assistance.
The ‘White’ mindset portends and espouses that we are all one people — Black folk and White folk. The truth is that we are different and a truly ‘Black’ mind is NOT in sync with the ‘White’ mind. Not only is there difference in our thoughts, there is a difference in how we think. Our motivations differ and our ‘Black’ values and morals conflict significantly with ‘White’ norms, ‘White’ judgments, and ‘White’ readings.
In ‘Black’ life, it is not okay to address Black men and Black women as ‘boys and girls’. In ‘Black’ life, it is not respectful for young folk to address elders by their first names without the Black elders extending invitations to be called by their first names. ‘Black’ life speaks to overstanding and has an ‘undying love for Black people’ foundation. ‘Black’ life learns from our ancestors and listens to our elders. ‘Black’ life does not look for — nor does it seek — the acceptance or approval of others’. ‘Black’ life is about nation building and unity.
I am always aware and conscious of my ‘Blackness’. I embrace myself with love and appreciation. I like who I am and I am truly grateful for my journey. I have seen the beauty of ‘Black’ commitment and loyalty in folk like me. I have witnessed the strength of Black people and shared in the joys of victory while overstanding sadness and loneliness as fellow warriors ‘gave up the ghost’….
Brother Stokely ‘Black Power’ Carmichael (lka Kwame Ture), Rev. David H. Eaton, Brother Marion Barry, Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., Brother Ralph Featherstone, Brother Halim Rahsaan, Sister Eleanor Matthews, and so many many more.
Food for ‘Black’ thought:
(a) If you want to die, go to a hospital.
(b) It is often wiser to be proactive as opposed to reactive. However, it is sometimes better to do and/or say something than to go away and wish later that you had done or said something.
(c) Click the Donate button at the top right of BlackAngryWomen and donate now if you are so inclined. Remember to forward BlackAngryWomen posts to others.
(d) It is NOT okay for adults to whip or beat children. Adults should be creative, loving, and patient when motivating and interacting with children. An adult should never verbally or physically abuse a child.
(e) Pick an opportune moment this week and turn off and put out-of-sight your phone for a minimum of 5 to 7 hours. If you are able to do this, you may experience a true sense of relief and accomplishment afterwards.
‘Don’t forget our reparations’.
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Undying love for Black people!