quote:i grew up in the south bronx and still go to visit family. and i'll guarantee you most of the kids i see walking around aimlessly don't have parents at home drilling home the notion of a good education. those kids aren't being told...if you're not educated you're dishonoring family and the african-american community.
Granted. And I would wager that the aimlessly wondering kids of any race/ethnicity don't have parents at home drilling the notion of good education or being told that they are dishonoring their family and community.
My love of Black people is expressed in discussing what we are doing [positive], e.g., encouraging our off-spring/youth to pursue education, and suggesting that that is the norm. I know that for me and most of my neighborhood friends, it was the expectation that we would go to school and excel.
My love for our community, however, does not include criticizing Black folk, because they are Black, for conduct that is present in other racial/ethnic groupings.
While I agree that there are things that we could do as a community that would serve to advance us, because I realize that we, just like every other community, have our share of F-Ups, as well as successes, I don't hold our community to a higher standard.
I see that as a "I beat you because I love you" mentality. And, all that accomplishes is someone getting beat.