David Banner recently interviewed with the breakfast club. In his interview he said that he doesn’t mind white people being racist because they are looking out for other white people. Black people on the other hand are not racist enough. This raises a good point and question.
For all the call’s of being “woke”, being my brothers keeper, and more for the culture. We still have a overwhelming majority of the population who still harbor that crab in a barrel mentality. There are still a lot of successful black people who are in position to help other black people and refuse to. Not just financially but in mentoring, encouragement, etc. We’re quick to throw one another under the bus.
Are we our own worst enemy? For the most part we are. Despite all our accomplishments and advancements sometimes it seems we haven't learned much. While we acknowledge mistakes previous generations have made we aren’t doing enough to turn that tide. We’re still glorifying a lot of bullshit. We know we don’t keep our money within our community yet don't really do enough to support businesses in our community. When we do we as consumers always expect a discount when shopping at black owned businesses. On the other hand a lot of businesses in our community don't know what it means to be a business or customer service.
Generations of bad financial decisions are passed down. Going through life with no life insurance, not saving, rather buy certain items to maintain a image as opposed to maintaining a good foundation. Fathers still not dealing with their kids because of a dispute with the child's mother, even though their father was not in their life for that very reason.
One big issue that makes us our own worst enemy is we don't show each other enough love. We don't give each other enough credit when we succeed. When someone is into different hobbies that’s not understood by the masses their questioned for their choices. We’ll walk by one another as strangers and not say a friendly hello as respect to one another and keep it moving.
These are a few issues within our community. There are more complex underlying issues that contribute to some situations we find ourselves in. These are a few where we could instantly work to fix. We’re a very resilient, ambitious, creative, intelligent community but when will we look in the mirror as a community, make that change, and better ourselves to become a more respected community not just now but for generations to come.
About the Author
B.Easy is the co-host of Talkin' Suplexes. He's a self-professed geek loving movies, wrestling, comic books, and using his imagination. Goal in life is become to a world traveler and get paid to hop on lear jets.