True slavery has existed longer than freeedom. In fact, slavery have been HERE in the world since the beginning of time-which includes EVERYBODY....Europeans too. But! The difference in African slavery I see opposed to others who have been enslaved are the facts that we were/are the ONLY ones targeted and specificially taken from our lands for sole purposes of profit and sex. Hence the ideology of being a degraded form of chattel property. African women and children have always been on the cross hairs of the hunt. Nothing's changed. That's one of the many reasons WHY I become so upset and irritated with black rap artists/some atheletes whose behaviors further insult the integrity of the
African American journey of women in this country. If a culture has no respect or being no accountability to protect the females and children in their community-who will? And because we have the transparent rhetorical type verbose that can be assummed as protection, it REALLY isn't. Just a lot of hot air. Cuz everytime a black woman or child is profiled illegally-all of us should be there to support them. But are we? Hell...no! Only when the event appears in the media, do some of us stand up. But what about in our daily lives....with our neighbors....our co-workers....our classmates or our friends....do we stand up for them when we KNOW that they have been mistreated by "white" supremacy? That would be another....hell no! We turn our heads individually and only have a voice when it is collective. And for that reason alone, in my opinion, more and more African American women and children are being singled out by the very same people who were singling them during Jim Crow and slavery. Cuz again....nothing's changed.
And to be fair, black people aren't being RAISED the way they used to be. Children were taught early on who the enemy is. Plus as brilliant as we are, we knew what we could get away with back in the day and what we couldn't....cuz we were trained to understand the climate of the era. But! Not anymore. Many of us live in a cloud of arrogance. I call hot air with no sense. We expect the unexpected just cuz. And a lot of it has to with drugs, gang banging and illiteracy-and it NEVER had to be this way. Cuz I knew a lot of "poor" families who had values, principles and morals and made sure their children understand the "goal" i.e. education and respectability. And trust me, I'm not ignoring the fact that the economy has shifted and more and more people are faced with being homeless....but! What I am saying is that this is nothing new to our community.... We have always struggled to make ends meet but what is different today versus yesteryear is how we are treating each other and how we are turning our backs on the most vulnerable ones in our community-we NEVER did that before. Everyone in the once tight nit neighborhood, good and bad, were in the fold. Not anymore. For the last 20-25 years or so jealousy, keeping up with the Joneses and every man for himself are now the policies and bylaws in the black community. And as a result, we have what we have now no real community protection for those who need it the most. Belafonte can say what he wants....but! It's gonna take more than a few voices to turn this around and show black folks that the women and children in their community do matter! And that omni-present reality must come from the inside out. But!