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12 Things a Black Man Must Do or Be in His Lifetime

May 11, 2011

There’s no doubt that the Black man has one of the toughest job in America. He has been beaten down, urged he’s worthless, and strategically cut out of American prosperity. The dropout rate, incarceration rate and illiteracy rate would all lead us to believe that the Black man is destined for failure. Even with the highest number of Black men in history graduating college, a competent Black Commander-in-Chief and producer Lil Jon breaking the stereotypes on Celebrity Apprentice of Black men in this country, Black men still only hold 3% of the management jobs in America.

However, because he’s the fiduciary leader of the group, he can’t rest on his laurels or spend wasted time licking his wounds. He has no choice but to be resilient. The odds are seemingly against him but with the innate power and strength a Black man has he must destine to fill each area on this list. If he does so, there will an instant reshaping of Blacks in America.

1. Be a father to the community – Having an attitude that we must only parent children that are only biologically ours, is sinful and detrimental. Not all children are privileged to have fathers and we must not leave those children stranded, even at times if they DO have a father.

2. Learn the principles of business – Having a solid foundation of commerce in the Black community is what will make it sustainable. Ownership must be a top focus. Not only will it help economically, it will also contribute to confidence among the population.

3. Engage in civil activism – Prejudice against any one person in the Black community is prejudice against the entire group. He must vigilantly remain on the lookout for disparaging treatment towards the group, whether from other races or from within.

4. Be compassionate towards women – Girls examine the relationship men have towards women. If that relationship is disrespectful and unhealthy, girls will grow up accepting this treatment and boys will expect these habits to be becoming of them when they become adults.

5. Seek knowledge – The worst thing a man can ever do is stop growing. Knowledge is the cornerstone to liberation and without it the Black population is doomed to repeat our past.

6. Teach others – Sharing wisdom is an important contribution towards reshaping the minds of the Black population. Remaining objective and approachable is also a “teaching” technique. You teach others how to learn when you set the example.

7. Have a strong spiritual foundation – Narcissism is a harmful psychological toxin. It makes us believe that we are the master of our destiny. Understanding that our purpose is already written and encourage others to understand this will make the Black body more mindful of our frivolous acts and necessary virtue.

8. Remain disconnected from criminal activity – Eyebrows often raise at a successful Black man. Supporting crime by way of bootlegging, financing or purchasing illegal items is a huge loss to the Black dollar. Keeping our dollars in righteous circulation will keep the group strengthened.

9. Make yourself available to others – Counseling and assisting others even when it is inconvenient is vital for the Black community. Devastating crimes are often avoidable if someone was able to intercept the villain. Volunteering and giving of one’s time and money to reputable groups is necessary to strengthen the weaker links in the chain.

10. Love the other Black men in the trenches – Black men can be territorial and suspicious of each other. In order to properly galvanize the community, Black men must form a strong link between each other despite their familiarity. This image is worth a million dollars to the women and the younger generation.

11. Respect mankind – Knowing the cultural background of other races will work magic for the relationship the Black community has with them. It is important to learn the dynamics, needs and expectations of races so we can be better equipped at interracial commerce and interracial existence. It will also create an “Avatarian” society that is rich with nature, culture, and spirituality.

12. Be enthusiastic – Enthusiasm brings the best result. Enthusiasm must exist in work, play, and social exchange. Life must not be taken for granted nor any aspect of it, large or small.

This was written by Professor Devin Robinson, author of “Rebuilding the Black Infrastructure: Making America a Colorless Nation”

7 Comments leave one →
  1. May 13, 2011 1:26 pm

    I LOVE THIS!!!! Will be reposting this to my twitter(with the author of course)

  2. May 13, 2011 6:57 pm

    Great List! Looking for heads of households who are ready to take charge and build financial independence for their family.

    Lucille Tyler Baldwin
    Author of Sick and Tired of Being Broke
    The First Steps on the Road to Financial Independence

  3. May 13, 2011 10:10 pm

    I absolutely love this and appreciate you sharing it. If you don’t mind, I am going to share this on my own blog. Hopefully, my grandson will stumble upon it one day and see it’s true value.

  4. REDD GENE-NOW CeeJusticeALLAH permalink
    May 16, 2011 7:18 pm

    this post invigorating to the Mind to Cee that there are similar minds who feel what so many are fearful of expressing; for fear of Critism.

  5. May 22, 2011 3:15 am

    Very good list. However, I have dismay with one item and a kind of disagreement with another.

    On point #3 I have dismay. I have always tried to live my life by showing white people that their thoughts and beliefs about black men aren’t true. I have found that today’s black man not only doesn’t think it was worth it for me to do but says that the idea that trying to show anyone anything just to counter their beliefs of black men is an injustice because black men should be judged on their own merits, not the merits of the race. I don’t disagree with that but at my age I know that’s not how things work, and there’s nothing I can do or say to convince them otherwise.

    I also have a problem with #7 because it’s a phrase that can be too easily misinterpreted and thus is incorrect. Our destiny is NOT preordained; if it were then every black man living in bad conditions will feel there’s no need to even try because they are what they are already. That’s not your intention with the statement but that’s how the majority will take it. I tend to believe that every black man and black woman needs to live life as if they are in control of their own destiny, to not allow someone else to keep them from their dreams and to try to be the best they can be with no excuses. Our purpose is not already written, and those people who believe in the concept of controlling their own destinies will be the ones that achieve the most. Now, they can give credit wherever they want, but if people don’t think they are dnoig for themselves they won’t do at all.

  6. June 1, 2011 5:44 am

    One of thing he left out is Claim a Nationality. Black ties a people back to “no land” A nationality ties one back to culture, land, language, and a true political status. Define your own reality( is another) give back the Eurocentric Ideologies (is another) we can go on…All Is One; Family Above All Things

  7. Mike permalink
    March 26, 2014 4:27 pm

    Great points I will pass along

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