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Re: The End of the Black American Narrative

Thanks for joining in,lets try to move forward and accomplish something.

My premise and the premise of t5he narrative here is that Black America is not being helped by the "Black American Narrative", as is currently dominant. That narrative speaks to and defines the African American experience in America as slavery and victimization. Those themes leave the masses hopelessly frustrated and living an existence without hope, because the oppression of the dominant culture with its preference afforded whites leaves the Black masses with little hope for a better life and continues the cycles.

The original writers essay called for a new narrative which abandons the theme of slavery, and victimization.

My point was we were not (our ancestors) all victimized, enslaved yes but hundreds and thousands of Africans resisted the oppresser from day one, they revolted , escaped and even carved out special arrangements to their benefit, or there terms with the enslavers. Many gain their freedom by various legal methods under the laws in force. These are not people who submitted.T

They went on to be leaders against the institution of slavery. 200,000 fought in the Civil War.The point is there were thousans of heroes and sheroes beyond the few mentioned in the mainstream history books. One correspondent indicates our history and culture had been adequately represented in the segregated schools in the South he acknowledges when the "Black Studies" movement took hold on campuses, more exciting Themes were advanced, and the history and story of our people was neglected in those programs.

What I am trying to establish here is just what "themes", were discussed so that we may examine how we arrived where we are today. I don't know if there are many people who would say that the state of the "Black Community", is better than it was in times gone by, even though no one can deny that the level of oppression is reduced beyond even Dr. King's belief.

What i mean is that i do not believe he dreamt things would come this far this fast. Yet there is a malaise in our community, I think the level of mindless killing of blacks by blacks is beyond any level imagineable. The refusal to become educated in any worthwhile manner.(Streetwise is education, but of very little value in the long run by itself). But I digress, but in order to engage in a worthwhile discussion we must be concrete and clear.

So my question is what did Black Studies of the sixties present and what if any effect did it have on the "Black Narrative". I am asking the question as I went to high school well before the sixties and had some knowledge different than that of victimization,not a lot but some.When i continued my college education after completing military service,which was spent mostly in Europe,about three years where I came in contact with people of color from all different parts of the World, I studied business in the university.

During those years I was privileged to come into personal contact with Malcom, Stokely Carmichael, James Farmer, Dr. King, H.Rap Brown, and many other lesser known giants who led students and encouraged students to engage in "freedom rides"and other civil rights protest.

Again I digress but we all want to see our community progress as much as possible.We want to see all persons of African descent become all that he/she can be.
Critical review can help us to understand what works and what doesn't. This has been a rather lenghty piece off of the top of my head, so it needs to end now or be edited and reviewed by me but i think the most important thing is to exchange ideas so my piece need not be polished.

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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