Welcome, this truth should speak to the hearts and souls of all people but mainly to my dark-skinned brothers and sisters with whom I hope my words will resonate deeply with..
The greatest hindrance to any one person being able to pursue aspirations and succeeding in life aside from those obstacles that have been systematically placed in their pathway is the propensity for procrastination, a lack of faith in our ability and fear. Of course I’m not referring to those folks who may have some form of physical or mental disabilities that may or may not be an impediment, but primarily to those of us who are in complete control of all of our faculties. I thoroughly understand what the ramifications and impacts of racism, bigotry, xenophobia, discrimination, sexism, injustice and other forms of practiced oppression may have on a person’s psyche. I get it, but in this country does it determine who we are and where we go in life? If not, then why on earth do so many of us settle for it?
Being excluded from having the same opportunities and privilege is a major disadvantage and in many respects has been a common practice of the people in power over those that they fear and oppress. Yes, I said fear because that is exactly what lays at the core for their oppression. They are extremely fearful of the dark-skinned people in this country and throughout the world, otherwise they wouldn’t feel the necessity to oppress any human especially those that they think they are superior to. So, I ask you, who is the real inferior human on earth? The pale skinned people’s fear is a natural fear that resides in their DNA and is compounded by the hateful bigoted and racist rhetoric that they are fed… The dark-skinned people’s fear has come from centuries of enslavement, cruel and vicious acts of murder, castration, burnings, bombings, hangings, rape, mutilation, false imprisonment and beatings as well as a perpetual stream of mis-information to instill in us a sense of docility and inferiority.. Today we can refer to this type of behavior as terrorism!!!!
Now with that said, should a person accept a place in life that has been determined for him or her by others? Should the promulgation and diffusion of tactics or methods such as marginalization, demoralization, degradation and blatant humiliation that are intended to stifle our progress and shatter our image of self and destroy ones will be enough to strike in one an insurmountable fear? Should they?
I for one, say no it should not, but it certainly has achieved overwhelming success in effecting the psyche of many. Personally, I have refused to acknowledge or accept this as an excuse.. Of course I have experienced a great deal of fear and self-doubt in my years but I had to learn how to be determined and how to not let this be a hindrance. Yes, as I gaze around, I fully understand and somewhat over-stand that basically everything that I see is predominantly controlled and provided by the pale skinned Euro/American people. This is what I see but it is not the way that I live. I, a fifth generation African (Akan/Temne) American and is the direct descendant of slaves in this country has not allowed myself to be conquered by this overwhelming and unjust reality..
What has transpired in this country against my people ( and others) then and now only stirs up inside of me a tenacious fire to persevere and excel. My fire is no different from your fire. The only exception is that I channel my fire in a more satisfying and productive way. Can you imagine the impact that you could have on your life and others by just re-examining your priorities and channeling your fire (anger) in a more productive capacity? We constantly become snared by the pale skinned people’s traps and we haven’t learned how to avoid them.. We have allowed these people to dictate the narrative of who and what we are as well as who and what we are not. Along the way we have become much too fearful and skeptical of what we are capable of achieving and have failed to tap into our tenacious fire… This fire has burned in the souls of our ancestors throughout antiquity and over the last few centuries has enabled us to persevere and endure the harshest of cruelties and atrocities.. There has been far too much pain and suffering and inequality…
Wow, it is utterly amazing that we are still here which is in and of itself a true testament to that perseverance and fire that I am speaking of.. Now you know what you possess inside and what you are dealing with.
There are many, many obstacles in life that we must overcome and yes it can be a daunting challenge… So my brothers and sisters I ask , is the real obstacle you and if so, then is it fair to say that the real conqueror is also you?