Sunday, October 07, 2007
Assimilation Is The Key To Revitalizing The Black Community by Akindele Akinyemi
Assimilation is not as bad as many people think. In fact, assimilation is great for Black folks here in this country. Call me whatever but those who feel that the United States is the worst place to live for Blacks should try living elsewhere.
I often pick up Black newspapers and browse the Internet to see who on the left side is angry. There are so many Black people in our society and immediate community who are angry at nothing. They continue to remind us that we should not assimilate because the white man is oppressing us.
Sister Claire Brown(pictured here ) from the United Kingdom has some interesting liberal thought on race. She states below:
Being close to whites really does seem to have a literal brainwashing effect on certain black folk. Indeed, I think it's possible that those black men who put themselves through all kinds of racial indignities and isolation simply in order to marry white women may have been overexposed to white people at some point in their lives (as a child or as an adult). Similarly this may be what causes their black female counterparts to bend over backwards to justify why white men make wonderful marriage partners (despite all the terrible things white men have done and continue to do to black people).
Now sister Brown must have it twisted. What about the black men who have not been overexposed to white people and still date and marry white women? For instance, I have not been overexposed to white women, yet, the sky's the limit. The other problem is the fact that she is bringing up in the past of how white men supposedly continue to do terrible things to black people. While some white men have done and continue to do these "things" what about how black men treat their women today. Divorces are so high in the community that marriage is looked upon as a joke in our community. We do not take relationships seriously and therefore we look outside the race for comfort.
She continues her tirade:
"Black people need to be cautious about the price they are paying for closeness to whites. If blacks as a people want any hope of dignity, and indeed survival, we need to embrace black autonomy; if we want to gain self-respect, and respect from others, we must stop running after white people; we must stop being afraid of hurting white people's feelings; we must stop trying to be so damn "fair" to white people all the time - hell, do white folk generally give a damn about hurting our feelings or being fair to us?"
I would agree with this except there is a a concrete and fair reason why blacks crossover and assimilate with whites. From a Christian perspective color does not matter. When we are praying and seeking forgiveness it does not matter what color you are. We are in the body of Christ and we are suppose to follow His example. Racism and discrimination is a sin and is against God's law.
I shop with whites as well as go to concerts in the suburbs while whites come down to Detroit and have a good time at the Tigers game or at the State Theater. It would be silly not to assimilate with each other. This is how we break racism.
She uses race pimp Frances Cress Welsing:
"Instead of engaging in our past practices of complaining, moaning, crying, groaning, begging, clapping hands and singing, 'We Shall Overcome', black people must analyze our problems and take the necessary steps to eliminate them. I say that it's time to redirect the energy we put into connecting with white folk to connecting with each other. Instead of relocating to predominately white countries like France and Canada, we need to be relocating to majority black countries."
I would agree with this except black countries are extremely corrupt. They are a larger version of what is going on in our community here in urban America. I like Canada and France.
"Rather than seeking out majority-white places like Seattle and Portland, we need to be moving to "Chocolate Cities" like Atlanta and DC."
I pray for the day for me to finally leave Detroit because it is too difficult to live here with people who do not want to do better. You have some here and there that want to make a difference but the majority here do not want change. I am not into the Chocolate City nonsense. I am a proponent of regionalization. I will take the majority white places over the concrete jungles anyday.
"Instead of trying to join white institutions, we need to be supporting and building black institutions. "
How come we cannot build institutions for all people? Why are we so hell-bent on race?
"In preference to buying houses in white neighborhoods, we need to be buying houses in the black community."
I would if so many of us would not break into each other homes, shoot innocent people and allow the community to be turned into a ghetto in 10 years or less. I'll take the white neighborhood especially when it comes to family.
"We need to work at obtaining employment in settings where we can interact with other black people - even if this means taking a lower salary - and / or consider setting up our own businesses."
Outside of setting up a business, the rest of this statement is a joke. First, I am NOT taking a lower salary for anyone. Second, interact with other black people? How many times have I been to a networker with black people and how many times have they lied in my face about contacting me about business? They never call me back. Whites, Jews and Arabs ALWAYS call me back for business. So why should I take my own people seriously when they are not serious in the first place?
"We MUST NOT send black children to majority white schools – if necessary, we need to home-school our children."
Are you telling me that sending my child to Cranbrook, Country Day or University Liggett is a crime? Home school? Only if the parents are educated.
"We need to support, love and marry black people rather than chasing after white ones."
How come black people just cannot marry anyone without criticism? A black conservative have a hard time just finding someone to date. Our community is so liberal that it is difficult to find someone on your level. Have you ever asked someone why they date outside their race? I have no problem with dating outside the black race. Who cares? If black men and women were on their job in their relationships in our community we would not even have to bring this issue up.
Until that occurs we should "chase" white ones, Hispanic ones, or even Asian ones. Love is colorblind.
She finally rounds up the conversation by saying this:
"Assimilation is a strategy deeply rooted in the ideology of white supremacy. Conservatives promote diversity (so they can encourage the interracial relationships which many of them appear to crave). They ridicule Black Nationalism (because they know that by attacking the only ideology which promotes black unity, they will gain white approval)."
Assimilation is what we need more in our great country. We know black nationalism does not work in the black community. It has never worked. All black nationalism does is keep black people angry about nothing.
America is a melting pot. There is no room for racism or sexism in our community. We are all Americans.