The Trouble With I
by Perfectly Flawed
Since the forceful arrival of the first African Americans in Jamestown back in 1619 the narrative of inferiority has been consistently preached. Everything from lying about historical events, to shaming natural beauty, and projecting negative ideologies has been perpetrated to maintain the system. Let’s not forget the main ingredient in the quest to break the mentality of a group of people which is physical violence. Sadly, since the bad guys have performed these great deceptions for about 500 years and still counting, we have become permanent victims. So what does this actually mean? Well, to put it mildly the enemy can “F*c*” with you at any time.
Of course, you know this already but it has gone beyond physical abuse, in fact it is more mental. Malcolm X once said, “If you are not careful, the newspapers will have you hating the people being oppressed and loving the people who are doing the oppressing.” With that being said unfortunately black people have done a piss poor job at reiterating self-love.
We have allowed ourselves to be corrupted by standards set by people who don’t look like us. This sickness for wanting to assimilate is to our detriment. Think of it this way if other individuals are emulating your sound or style of dress then they are trying to keep up. Speaking truth to power, there is no need to bend a bar downward in order to fit in, especially when you created it. From Chuck Berry being the pioneer of rock and roll, to Dr. Henry T. Sampson inventing the cell phone, our genius is copied and used but not appreciated. Racism and white supremacy’s job is to take everything from its victims while at the same time forcing them to apologize.
The hypocrisy just like the struggle is real. It has gotten to the point where every few days a suspected white supremacist makes a statement online that resembles something said in the 1800s. At this point the question has to be raised, “What are we going to do about it?” The most revolutionary act that you can do besides loving your self is to love your people. Granted, everybody can’t be saved nor is it your duty to waste time on those who hate what they see in the mirror. We stand on the shoulders of the “Great Ones” that went against the norm, risked death, and collectively believed in the motto Us not I.
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