Sunday, June 18, 2006

Freedom do we really have it??

Five score years ago, a great American, in whose symbolic shadows we stand, signed the Emancipation Proclamation. This momentous decree came as a great beacon light of hope to millions of Negro slaves who had been seared in the flames of withering injustice. It came as a joyous daybreak to end the long night of captivity. But one hundred years later, we must face the tragic fact that the Negro is still not free.

One hundred years later, the life of the Negro is still sadly crippled by the manacles of segregation and the chains of discrimination. One hundred years later, the Negro lives on a lonely island of poverty in the midst of a vast ocean of material prosperity. One hundred years later, the Negro is still languishing in the corners of American society and finds himself an exile in his own land.

Yes I believe we are still not free, but this freedom in not denied by whites or any other racial group but denied by blacks themselves. The freedom that Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X fought for is not the freedom that many blacks are fighting for today. Many black people are fighting for freedom from them selves and their fellow black associates. Black on black crimes, black oppression by other blacks, and discrimination against other is what we are fighting for.

One hundred years ago, crimes were committed to prove to the whites that blacks would not stand for the oppression. One hundred years ago crimes were committed by whites against blacks but today blacks are more likely to commit violent crimes against whites than whites on black. Static show that more crime is performed in the black neighbourhoods in the U.S than whites.

One hundred years ago our ancestors worked the fields and work hard at it for nothing more than a meal, shelter and clothing. Today the majority of black refuse to work to get themselves out poverty and look to drugs and prostitution as a way out it. Does it really take us out of poverty or make it worst. We’ve heard blanket statement from our parents/teachers/role-models that it’s nearly impossible to change. Of course it’s possible! There is no natural or genetic significant difference separating us from whites. So why can’t we do it? There are many whites in poverty too don’t get me wrong, not everybody is born with that gold spoon in their mouth. The funny thing is even those who are born with the gold spoon don’t really make use of it.

One hundred years ago we were enslaved by whites, uneducated and viewed as useless. Today with all our ancestors have achieved and fought for we are still uneducated and enslaved. Enslaved by the common behaviour of the everyday black man and uneducated because many refuse to build them selves from the path already created by the ones before us.

One hundred years ago our ancestors lived in slums and shacks because they had no money. Today it not the case many can afford to make better for themselves and families but choose not to. Experts blame all the problems we face today on the environment but Jesse Jackson said in his speech on July 19th 1984 addressed to the Democratic National Convention that “just because you’re born in the slums doesn’t mean the slum is born in you and you can rise above it if your mind is made up”. This is what we need to do raise above the drugs and prostitution and mental slavery. Stop believing that this is were we belong and start thinking about moving forward.

One hundred years ago out ancestors had to hide to learn and the few that they knew took them along way, they were happy to learn and the educated ones were honoured. Today the opportunities are present to us, but do we take it? And those we are at school are we learning because our parents make us. How many of us are willing to give up our education for low paying jobs that our ancestor’s desperately fought to get out of to make better for us. So many before us have done it, make it through the rugged education system and made a name for them selves, done something great with they lives.

Are we being oppressed or are we oppressing ourselves??

This is my opinion what is yours??