Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Do You Really Understand Your History?

In a conversation with my sister this week, coupled with a quick scan of my FB timeline I began to question if a lot of my black friends have an honest understanding of the plight of the American slave. And not in the mythical Willie Lynch set us up for failure and a life plagued by crime *cough Bullshit* cough way.

Let me explain:

This week BET aired the first of six episodes of "The Book Of Negroes" an amazing narrative of a young women from capture to freedom. Yet all I saw from a large number of Black people was disdain and "why do we need another slave movie" and if you know me it took everything in me not to say "WHY NOT?, you bunch of idiots."But I refrained and instead came here to ask the questions I need answers too.

What about a slave narrative makes you so sad?
In order to truly release yourself from the mental slavery of the world you must know your past. And NO, our past isn't limited to slavery, but there are many lessons to be learned from this large part of our history. A history that we are forced to deal with everyday in these. United States of America.

Are you bothered by the images of slavery because you are worried what white people are thinking?
GET YOUR LIFE! This is their legacy, and American History. Race relations will never get any better until we speak about things openly.

Do you realize that Black History Month is the ONLY time schools even talk about our contributions in building this country?
And listen if you have issues with slave narratives I'm going to put a $100 on the fact that you don't either. This is the problem! A mini series like "The Book Of Negroes" should be a time when we sit down as family, watch and discuss with our children. Then build. My mom did it with us, giving us a strength in our blackness that not many have.

Why are we so quick to silence tellers of our stories and able to collectively scream "Ugh stop telling us these stories of weakness" ?

First, slavery didn't make us weak, discussing it doesn't keep us in our place, segregation didn't make us weak, we are a strong and resilient people. SO STOP saying it, you sound foolish!
Second do we ever tell out Jewish brothers an sisters to stop telling their stories of genocide? Stop lifting up their ancestors? NO. So neither should we. We should walk with our heads held high and our ancestors hearts on our sleeves, screaming that we will never forget. NEVER!

I know the people that need to read this rant won't and that's okay. To quote my sister "We all have a lane to stay in" and some of them are narrower than others. But if you're reading this and you're offended, maybe you're part of the problem.

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