What this tells me is that EMULATION is one of the most powerful influences controlling human actions and behavior. For how can an abused individual, who suffered pain and humiliation, choose to inflict pain and humiliation upon another? How can a person who knows the terror, fear and pain of being an abused child, grow to inflict terror, pain and abuse on his child? How can an oppressed people become oppressors themselves, if oppression was so bad and wrong? But if the only lessons or emulations of life a human entity received on how to achieve an objective was through force, abuse and violence, when the human entity is pressured to produce that same objective, the lessons from its life is all it knows and thus it repeats them, I assume.
The phenomenon and behavior of the Americo-Liberians, as I recently learned, has helped me better understand why whites mistreated Africans so badly. The reason being, I now believe, is that it was a learned behavior from their oppression in Europe. Europe was a very oppressive society that had a litany of ways to torture its citizens, from being drawn and quartered, stoned to death or burnt alive. These were all practices instituted by the aristocracies and monarchies to keep the oppressed masses in line. Thus, when European were colonizing nations with the ranks of their oppressed, they simply took those lessons and became the oppressors of Africans and Native Americans, for the same objective of producing economic wealth as they learned from their oppressors in Europe.
What we have is a chain reaction of oppression being taught and carried forth by formerly oppressed people. It now makes sense the Israelis are being so brutal to the Palestinians, when one would think that as much as the Jewish people have been oppressed, that they would be extra sensitive to not inflict oppression upon others, because they know how it feels.
Not surprisingly, black violence is highest in this world among the slave descendants, who were controlled.... via violence. The oppressors used violence to control black people for centuries, thus, naturally blacks were acculturated to be violence via emulation and conditioning of our environment. Disproportionate violence in the black community of America is therefore the direct resultant of the violence perpetrated upon us by our oppressors to achieve their objectives and now black people disproportionately use violence as a means to solve their objectives.
Most oppressed people in history rose out of oppression via migrating to new lands and finding people to treat as they were once treated, thereby fueling their economic rise. However today, there are no places to colonize and takeover and use others as the beast of burden to fuel our economic rise. Thus, we are in a historical quagmire. How do we rise as a people without exploiting other people as the lesson of history shows that exploitation has fueled advancement and growth in wealth for the oppressor class?
How far would civilization be today, if not for oppression and exploitation? Exploitation and oppression has fueled the advancement of civilization, as a general rule. This makes sense when one realize that every action creates an equal and opposite reaction. Thus, as some are exploited and oppressed others gain wealth and advancement as the equal and opposite reaction.
In conclusion, I think that African Americans should remain cognitive that we are the abused children of this nation and as we gain maturity and stature, we must be resolute to not become to others, what has been so painful and oppressive to us. The consequence of this strategy is that we might NOT rise to the same economic degree as others who have oppressed their way to success, however, I think we will be a better people, if not richer, for it.
Truth is always fraught with impediments. Truth agreed with is a blessed duet. Truth confronting beloved vice will sever relationships, perpetrate flight, and uncover murderous rage. - Alexander Solzhenitsyn
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