I have shared the African American journey that no doubt is the greatest story ever told. Maybe I’ll say this more succinctly by quoting Jesse – “From the outhouse to the White House”. The irony of this was that Africans is dragged onto the shores of this place the slaves called “merica” to now having a man of African descent in the White House as President.
This evolution brought about our acquiescence to political agendas, abdicating our own economic self-sufficiency for the greater good and most working so diligently for the economic well-being of other people. Since the 13th, 14th and 15th Amendments were written many died for the rights described therein, we continue to fight for equality.
Since Black History month has come to an end. I want to leave you with this thought from “The Mis-Education of the Negro,” the most profound novel ever written in my opinion, originally published in 1933 by Dr. Carter G. Woodson, who is known as the father of Black History Montn. I might add that this book should be mandatory reading for all African Americans – young and old.
The thesis of Dr. Woodson's book is that Negroes of his day were being culturally indoctrinated rather than taught in American schools, or not even given the advantage of education. This conditioning, he claims, causes African Americans to become dependent, seeking out inferior places in the greater society of which they are a part. This assertion is clearly evident nearly eighty years later.
He challenged his readers to become empowered by doing for themselves, regardless of what they were taught: “History shows that it does not matter who is in power... those who have not learned to do for themselves and have to depend solely on others never obtain any more rights or privileges in the end than they did in the beginning.”
This goes beyond the imagination, irrespective of the many promises that have been made and broken, that fairness exists. Don’t worry, we have been taught that when we die there is a place where there is a mansion with streets paved with gold. Rather, let's agree with the great Curtis Mayfield who wrote: “people get ready there’s a train a comin. You don’t need no ticket. All you need is faith to get on board… you just thank the lord.”
I have said with each post during this Black History Month that “Black History is American History”. Therefore, I say, we have witnessed the first man of African decent elected president of these United States and nothing more significant has happened since the resurrection of Christ. I am thankful to have lived to see what no one living or dead ever thought would occur. God Bless America and let’s re-elect President Barrack Obama so the greatest story ever told continues!
And that is my Thought Provoking Perspective.