Happy Black History Month Everyone! So I love being Black and I love my culture but I tend to have a problem at times when I talk to my fellow Black people. I consider myself to be afrocentric and I get compliments on that by other Black people at times. There’s those times when I have a conversation with a fellow Black person and i’m told that I sound White. I’ve even been called a “Black White Girl” because supposably i’m Black but I have White girl habits. So I ask you.. What the hell is that suppose to mean? What is White? What is Black? Someone please make sense of this for me.
Sometimes it seems as if you are not considered to be Black unless you came from an urban area, you use slang, and your family is filled with drug addicts, prisoners or other negative things. Why do Black people see themselves in such a negative light? There are plenty of Black people that speak properly, are very educated, and living a healthy and stable life but those Black people are sometimes looked down upon. But then we have Black people that think White people keep us down but does anyone ever stop to think that we are keeping our own selves down?
A problem that we have in our Black community is division amongst eachother. We divide our community by major things such as our socio-economic class to minor things such as our hair and our style. There’s a unity that is missing in our community that will help our community grow and flourish. The only way we can achieve this unity in our community is through love. That may sound like a generic resolution but it is the truth. We have to love eachother because of our similiarities and inspite of our differences.
My hope is that the future of the Black community is a strong and progressive future. A future full of prosperity, unity and love. That was the hopes and dreams of our ancestors. It is up to us to make our ancestors proud and to continue with a positive legacy. Here’s a quote i’d like to share with everyone.
“There can be no black-white unity until there is first some black unity…. We cannot think of uniting with others, until after we have first united among ourselves. We cannot think of being acceptable to others until we have first proven acceptable to ourselves.”-Malcolm X