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Blacks continuing to go downhill

November 19, 2013

boy with gun :by Josiah Jenkins
Here is where it all went wrong for blacks in America. Adult slaves were released into freedom with a 1st grade education and a child-like maturity level to begin the heritage and culture of the black community. Since then this heritage has yet to be objectively and rationally addressed and redefined with the knowledge we have acquired because of our emotional loyalty to our parents, grandparents and ancestors.

We continue to do business with people that don’t have our best interest. We continue to seek acceptance from people who view us as inferior. We buy into the “color doesn’t matter” mantra and co-habitat fairly with no strategy, while they continue to make color matter. We started partying over our emancipation and the party has yet to stop and the real surgical work on our mindsets and community has yet to begin.

They taught us that fun is the finish line of life and we believe it while they make money as we have fun. We have yet to collectively realize that fun is the offspring of business. No one can enjoy a drink, jewelry, clothing, a bar or night club unless some visionary brought those items to the marketplace. However, we stay comfortable with it as long as our leisure itch is scratched. We chase “a great time” like drug addicts chase their first high. It remains insatiable.

We grew up poor so when we become adults we go for the easiest way to earn money, a job; looking down on small business because we work for large ones or the government. We admire the security in these things because of our poor backgrounds and history of insecurity growing up. We refuse to take risks. We maximize our spending, chasing a materialistic high that never quenches our thirst. We can’t see the small business owner-the risk-taker, the inventor-has more real leverage than a corporate CEO; the CEO is merely renting a room while the small business owner owns a plot.

We’ve been taught to believe education is an entitlement that requires no financial investment. We revere our many non-profits not realizing that no non-profit, church or government agency can give unless it was first given to through capitalism. Yet, we prefer to wait for someone else to give first and we wait to be the receiver.

We let gangster and expletive rappers tell our negative stories to the world for their personal gain and dance to their music because they have great beats and melodies. We don’t force them to tell positive stories by buying music from positive entertainers. We’ve made self-hate acceptable every time we download their music, view their videos and purchase their concert tickets. They say 70% of rap is supported by the white community but how many of those sales come from the rappers that speak highly of the black community, or is it just the denigrating music that is welcomed by that community? Meanwhile, our young children still struggle discerning what is real and what is fake.

As a mother tries to convince her daughter who is having nightmares late at night that the horror movie she watched earlier wasn’t reality, she pops in a 2-Chainz CD to help her sleep, never explaining that that music putting her to sleep is also entertainment so it becomes entrenched in her sub conscience as she sleeps.

Blacks in America are in trouble not because of our actions, but because of our mindset and culture; a culture that we adamantly defend as “being black”. We are increasingly condemning the cure and embracing the convicts who helps all of us become convicted about an itch that never gets scratched.

Josiah Jenkins is a columnist, activist and entrepreneur who graduated from Fisk University and went on to graduate from Harvard Business school.

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7 Comments leave one →
  1. Alfredo Barrott permalink
    November 20, 2013 4:02 pm

    I feel you on this commentary. Just yesterday, I was having a conversation with a good friend of mine that owns his own business and I asked him, “What made you decide to work for yourself?” After he give me his answer I told him that it is funny how most employees feel comfortable and secure working for an employer but are not as secure when they work themselves. I told him their mindset is backwards because when you work for an employer your job can be taken away from you at anytime, but when you work for yourself you can determine what you choose to make on any day of the week. You have that control which should make you feel more secure. I find having a job makes you a little too care free. You don’t save as much as you should because you are pleased with the idea of knowing I am getting paid in a week or two and then we wonder why we can’t get ahead.

  2. DAMN RIGHT permalink
    November 20, 2013 4:19 pm

    WOOOOOWWW! The picture says it all.

  3. November 20, 2013 9:16 pm

    Wow let the truth bump you inside your mind and set you free. Thank you for this post and TRUTH!!!

  4. Farah permalink
    January 24, 2014 12:21 am

    Thank you for a well thought out opinion. I would like to meet you one day. Where do we go from here? Where indeed.

    • Brandie permalink
      February 16, 2014 11:36 am

      I agree, where do we go. I say all the time about the music….dannnng can they talk about anything other than drugs, having multiple women and NOT committing to them, or how much money they have. It’s super sad because to me the ppl who have a significant ability to affect mindset, project and add to the problem in promoting the backwards movement. I don’t know if the record companies dictate, but those making that kind of music have to be ignorant to it. Where do we go…

  5. April 15, 2014 7:54 am

    Josiah…you got this one 100% correct. However, I have found that most blacks at the grassroots level have given up on the dream, accepting that second class humanity must be our lot. While I have no problem with assimilation…I have assimilated with the white community, socially and professionally all of my life – I have grown as a human being because of this …but I truly believe that the third choice must now be taken very seriously…we have to create a separate black economy even if we still choose to mix in with the mainstream economy. If we don’t formally do this now…we are doomed, economically as a class of people. We need to move this discussion out of the halls of academia and street corner discussions and convert this discussion to some real hand holding, nudging, persuasion, discipline and “hard core” decision making. It’s Now or Never for us. Many intelligent, successful white and Jewish people have told me that if they were black people they would do everything within their power to close the wealth disparity and achieve true equality (Sounds like the famous words of Frederick Douglass, doesn’t it?). Oh how we love to support mainstream issues and see ourselves in pictures next to white folks. I love white folks, like I love all of God’s children, but c’mon the current situation among us is absurdly ridiculous. What race of people would be content remaining at the bottom of the barrel? The ignorant (though, in many cases, highly credentialed) among us do not think this is important…but as long as people are still judged by the color of their skin…what’s in your wallet will be affected by the color of your skin. It is 2014 folks…are we going to do this or what? God helps those who help themselves, Amen!

    • April 24, 2014 5:24 pm

      Great talk ,Rubin!
      Am a black and am determined to do whatever it takes to get where I wanna be. I want to be rich because rich people are generous . That is the most important part that makes me strive for success, am not rich yet but I follow the decipline of giving. I want to be able to give away like Bill gate, Henry ford , Rockefeller , Robert kyosaki, Rhonda burne and many more do . Moreover I want to feel the pride of achievement.
      We must wake up, we must be thankfull to God for him giving us two harms, legs, eyes, hears, health, brain….. So what is the excuse of not being successfull. Even some impaired are successful despite their disabilities . I believe that everybody is born to do great things. We only have to make commitment to our goals and defy any circumstance we may encounter .
      To conclude I would say ” The size of your success is measured by the size of your dream, your desire and the disappointment you handle along the way”

      Issa.s

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