White Corporate America Picking Winners And Losers Among Blacks
When will African Americans jettison the old slave mentality in that it’s okay for corporate America to keep picking winners and losers among us? These sorts of shrouded practices are merely a chip off the old slave’s auction block; essentially used to exercise control over African Americans’ skills and talents, undermine the culture’s strengths, and as a consequence, pit Blacks against Blacks. Moreover, such underhanded practices have unequivocally suppressed African Americans’ capacity to effectively create a value system that fully comprise and embodies their own cultural achievements. Take for example Jean-Michel Basquiat’s “Untitled” skull artwork prior to Sotheby’s contemporary art auction. Basquiat’s skull masterpiece purportedly sold for a mere $19,000 in 1984, and it was not until Sotheby’s [which by all accounts is mostly a White-owned if not wholly White-owned establishment] facilitated in the exponential value of Basquiat’s artwork, which in 2017 sold to a Japanese billionaire for an eye-popping $110.5 million. Nonetheless, it’s not all White corporate America’s deviousness that has robbed African Americans of a robust valuing system. African Americans, unlike other ethnic groups within America’s DNA, tend to exhibit a “crabs in a bucket” mentality, particularly as it pertains to coalescing around cultural ideas, cultural financing, and cultural innovations. It seems the only way for African Americans to rebuild its lost valuing system, is to first acknowledge and act on not owning one.