Ah. But it is very important that we check these fools with every ounce of resistance we can muster against their wicked ways. We will never forget.
W.E.B. Dubois is one of my favorite Black scholars. This is why I could never settle for less and never feel like all that I or we as a Black collective have strived for is for naught. Our perseverance is predicated on not only our resistance to oppression and marginalization it is crucial to the persistence of all of humanity.
What you have opined about settling and not transcending and wanting more…I will never give them the satisfaction of.
The history of the American Negro is the history of this strife, — this longing to attain self-conscious manhood, to merge his double self into a better and truer self. In this merging he wishes neither of the older selves to be lost. He would not Africanize America, for America has too much to teach the world and Africa. He would not bleach his Negro soul in a flood of white Americanism, for he knows that Negro blood has a message for the world. He simply wishes to make it possible for a man to be both a Negro and an American, without being cursed and spit upon by his fellows, without having the doors of Opportunity closed roughly in his face. — W.E.B. Du Bois., The Souls of Black Folk, Chapter 1., Of Our Spiritual Strivings.
Blacks have and will continue to pull themselves up no matter what obstacle stands before them. This is not wishful thinking, these are facts. It doesn’t matter how effective they are at their false memories, false narratives and sincere fictions. The truth always reveals itself in the end. With that truth we always stand a chance.
The fact that we are outnumbered and completely surrounded is not going to make me or anyone else who strives for humanity’s sake to give up or give into whiteness. Not gonna happen.
It Appears That We Are Outnumbered And Completely Surrounded
Originally written on March 29, 2017 and republished and updated below the editor’s note because it is necessary, and…
“The Negro Race, like all races, is going to be saved by its exceptional men. The problem of education then, among Negroes, must first of all deal with the “Talented Tenth.” It is the problem of developing the best of this race that they may guide the Mass away from the contamination and death of the worst.” — W.E.B. Du Bois.
Another hero of mine is the intellect James Baldwin.
There is no reason for you to try to become like white men and there is no basis whatever for their impertinent assumption that they must accept you. The really terrible thing, old buddy, is that you must accept them, and I mean that very seriously. You must accept them and accept them with love, for these innocent people have no other hope. James Baldwin., I am Not Your Negro
Why I Can’t Be Ya Nigga
The usage and the reference is not considered a term of endearment for me and a characterization of this sort conflicts…
Thanks for inspiring me with your readership it is a reaffiming pleasure, always Ms. Marley K.