quote:I know that for me and most of my neighborhood friends, it was the expectation that we would go to school and excel.
My experience was the same. It seems the contrasting experiences, as youth and as adults, determine our respective outlooks.
quote: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.
I understand wanting our people to do better for all our sake, but it's difficult to understand how we can realistically expect to become a monolith, while at the same time admitting we are not, and haven't ever been.
quote: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.
Years back India's government detected the computer technology trend and made it their mission to grab a corner of that market by educating their people in the field. They were successful.
In various cities in America Black grassroots organizations are attempting to educate and inform our ethnicity to create a similar outcome --not in the computer technology field per se, but in overall empowerment. They include diverse and relatively struggling organizations like:
- BISA...Black Women in Sisterhood for Action, it provides scholarships to deserving youth and support to older people.
- Na'eem Cultural Institute ...a non-profit organization providing speaking and training engagements in the areas of cultural diversity, rites of passage training, alternative methods of healing, conflict resolution, violence prevention, women's issues, youth prevention programs, family planning, and job skills development.
- BCA ...Black Culinary Alliance - "With education as the cornerstone of our mission, the BCA continues creating many of the opportunities that people of color can take advantage of and incorporate into their long-lasting career goals."
We remain ignorant of the many self-help organizations run by us and for us at our peril.