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“Standing upon shoulders of giants”. A quote that will forever resonate with me. This is a quote I heard throughout my tenure at South Carolina State University. I never really made sense of what this actual quote meant until my senior year and I was working on my senior thesis.  Black America, we are not only descendents of Kings and Queens, we are descendents of fighters, soldiers, and warriors but we cannot fathom any of this. Our ancestors labored, suffered, and died so that we may have a better opportunity at life and what do we do? We fight each other, we diss each other, we KILL each other. Black people are our own worse enemy. If you ask a black person the latest Jay-Z songs and who their state representative, state senator, US congressman, and US senator may be, I bet Jay-Z wins. What most black people don’t realize is that Jay-Z is a BUSINESS MAN. When I say business man, he not only has made a name in the hip hop culture, he has a name in the business sector. Jay-Z can have dinner with Warren Buffet, a billionaire. Jay-Z now has his hands in the liquor business, video game business, and is part owner of a sports team. That is how you build wealth.  But we will spend 100s of dollars on the latest Jordans or we will go and buy the latest Benz, BMW, Lexus, park it in front of an apartment instead of creating ways to have long-term wealth. We are the biggest group of consumers in America but we don’t have wealth. In 2012 racism may still be evident, I do not deny that BUT what I do realize is that blacks must stop blaming “the man” on their shortcoming.

1. Gabby Douglas

This situation was very silly and childish. You would assume that as a race of people who have went through being labeled as chattel and 2nd rate citizens, we would be there for our own sister. But instead, some of black america brought her down. Gabby’s hair became the focal point. Gabby’s hair should not have been of anyones topic of discussion. Gabby’s mom sacrified so much so that her daughter could continue doing gymnastics and have the moment we all sat in front of the television and hoped for. What does black america do? Ridicule. We should have been celebrating with her as if she was our cousin, sister, best friend. That moment alone showed our division as a race…again.

2. The black church/Gay Marriage

Every since President Barack Obama stated his stance on gay marriage, the black church have went on a major crusade against the President. President Obama supporting gay marriage is his personal beliefs and has nothing to do with politics. He was not requiring all of america to support him in this endeavor.  The black church will lead a crusade against something as minor and something we have little control over such as gay marriage. We have people in the church who are having sex before marriage, making babies out-of-wedlock, and suffering from greed but we lead a crusade against gay marriage. Leviticus says no man shall steal, no adultery should be committed, we shall not eat anything with blood in it etc…but no crusade is being lead on any of this. God does forgive us of our sins but at the same time, no one sin is greater than the other. The black church should be helping the poor and homeless but we want to condemn the President because of his views and ostracised homosexuals.

3. HBCU/PWI

HBCUs were created so that african americans may have access to higher education and so that they may be able to stay out of PWIs (predominantly white institutions). In 2012, HBCUs still create a world of scholars. But to the one person who has never experience the HBCU life and only go off of what they hear, their perception is otherwise. This divides us as “some” blacks who attend PWIs have a very judgemental view of blacks who attend HBCUs. Their stance is that HBCUs create drama, are ghetto, and filled with “hoodness” behavior. These same attributes occur at PWIs as well. Being at a HBCU, I was surrounded by people of many different races and cultures. Being at an HBCU, I was very prepared for the real world. To be honest, HBCUs have divisive cultures that have been created by class and geography which is found on any college campus. HBCUs deal with their issues of bad leadership  like any other school. Poor funding has made life harder at HBCUs. This one stance has caused a disconnect with the black community. Because we focus on monetary value so much, we feel it’s easier to sit back and judge instead of offering a helping hand.  What I have learned throughout my collegiate career is that you make your degree work for you once it is received. I had a discussion with 4 human resource professionals from 4 different career sectors and they all stated that they are not focused on the institution that you attended, they are focused on your background (internships and knowledge)and what  you can bring to their company.

These are only a few of MY viewpoints on Black america. I love my people, our culture, and our history (even with its bad parts) but as a people we must do better.