MBM, to address your concerns, I do not think that benefiting and utilizing the technology of the day is Black or white, I think it is human. History has brought all of us to live in this point of time and the fact that we use the tools available is truly human, especially since we are the greatest tool using mammals to walk this Earth.
With that said, I whole hearttedly agree with Yemaya's comment about the Jedi Mind Trick. Many of our children who live in the ghetto, and sadly some adults who do not, have come to believe that they are not entitled to live life and live it more fully instead of just existing and surviving. It seems to come from the school of thought that somehow the N word can be transformed into something that does not put chains on your mind every time it is used. To waste a mind is a terrible thing, and many of our children who live in the ghetto do not have the opportunity to see all that our culture as Black people from around the world has to offer.
Africa, not the Middle East, Europe, South America or Asia is the Cradle of Civilization. Math, language, architecture, science and political intrigue all started in Africa. When we believe that greatness comes from the short history of these United States, we deny what is contained in our collective genetic memory to the detriment of our children. When we fail to light a candle and curse those that give them out we surrender to the chains that physically bound our ancestors in order to change a human being into something quite different. Education has always been the keystone. How else were the Pyramids built. How did the Egyptian and Nubian dynasties last so long.
Some of the greatest minds of this country have been those of Black people, we excelled at science, math and civil engineering long before we excelled at sports yet our
Sports "heros" fail to finish school or excell academically because it exercises a muscle that no one can see by looking at you. But we have always been a very visual people and that goes back to Egypt and Nubia, Kemet and Kush, as well, just look at the art they left behind that dealt with the physical body.