Culturally, the core reason we continue to tread water in ways that leave such an enormous percentage of us silenced, marginalized (undervalued), or immobile is modern-day “oppression” (racism’s socially destructive parent). However, there are some underlying, self-inflicted, age-old wounds that we ourselves fail to provide aid for. Below are three (3) pet peeves that have evolved over the centuries and will never cease to amaze me.
1. The [reliable Negro syndrome], managed through plantation politics, allows an oppressive government, corporations, and institutions to exploit our skills, talents, and weaknesses to pit black people against one another. Because of our greed, dire circumstances (quest for a better livelihood), or indifference, we allow oppressive entities, as mentioned above, to pick winners and losers among us. Most of this occurs under the guise of the highly educated Black professional, politician, socialite, sports and entertainment, where corporate media, mass media, and mainstream media serve as anchors to help keep us indoctrinated and distracted from the undercurrents of harmful cultural division. To put it mildly, a handful of Negroes are allowed to get rich or acquire wealth, but [they in particular] may be expected to influence the masses in ways that are counterproductive to cultural respect, intellectual competitiveness, and bona fide physical growth.
2. The incessant fear and lack of cohesion to coalesce around ingenious, controversial, culturally-generated ideas that would help enrich our broad culture, mitigate some of the social dynamics that negatively affect it, and perhaps aid in reclaiming bits of so much cultural esteem that have been lost due to either cultural self-destructive practices, or systematically extracted from our culture through centuries of oppressive conspiracies and strategies that have progressed under the immoral vestiges of slavery, imperialism, colonialism, and the cabals that have condoned it all for centuries.
3. Intracultural envy, the fact that we’d fall victim to any “crab in the bucket” syndrome is disheartening, to say the least. What is it about black culture that has largely prevented it from fully abandoning the slave mentality? The enslavement of Negroes in America is unlawful people! Get over it! It does us no good to either obstruct or speak out against people or ideas that are constructive in how they elevate themselves and/or the betterment of who we are as a culture. Why can’t we live and let live?
This may also interest you: “THEY CALL ME THE “GOOD NEGRO” BUT THAT CONCEPT DOES NOT EXIST AND I AM NOT SAFE,” merely glimpses and alternative neologisms for the “reliable Negro.”
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