what they want to hear. And, of course, his followers support him because his message is the one that they expect to hear. Unfortunately, as a result of this symbiotic relationship, unpopular truths are often sacrificed.
- (1) The nature and the amount of racism "in 2001" are not the reasons why black Americans will have the lowest socioeconomic standing in 2009.
- (2) Back America will "never" attain socioeconomic equality with white America "until" black Americans attain educational equivalency with white Americans.
- (3) There is no easy or immediate fix for black America's problems.
- (4) "Only" black Americans can fix black America problems.
quote:UNPOPULAR TRUTH #1
Black Americans must understand that racism existed in 1619, racism exists in 2001, and racism will exist in 2099. Therefore, the critical element is the degree to which racism affects the lives, the liberties, and the pursuing of happiness by black Americans... It is sacrilege to the millions of black Americans who lived and died in slavery for black Americans, in 2001, to say that racism is black America's biggest problem.
POSITION-STATEMENT# 1:quote:UNPOPULAR TRUTH #2
While the amount of racism has lessened over the past 380 years, there is another circumstance that has not changed for black America. In 1619, black Americans were the least educated and least knowledgeable racial group in America. In 2001, black Americans are still the least educated and least knowledgeable racial group in America... Compared to all other ethnic and racial groups, black Americans rank last in reading, mathematics, and science proficiency.
For most of black America's history, only knowledge and education could supercede racism.
POSITION-STATEMENT #2:quote:UNPOPULAR TRUTH #3
380 years of racism and oppression can not be easily reversed in five, ten, or fifteen years... In terms of socioeconomic success, black Americans who live in 2001 are part of a lost generation. The truth is that there is little that can happen and certainly nothing that will happen that will elevate the current generation of black Americans from the lowest socioeconomic standing in America to a higher socioeconomic level.
Unless black Americans starts looking forward rather than bemoaning the past and complaining about the present, the next generation will be the 20th lost generation of black Americans.
Unless black Americans start looking forward rather than bemoaning the past and complaining about the present, the next generation will be the 20th lost generation of black Americans.
POSITION-STATEMENT #3:quote:UNPOPULAR TRUTH #4
"Only" black Americans can fix black America's problems and "Only" black Americans will fix black America's problems... Black America is doomed until it accepts the fact that there is little or nothing that white America can and, most importantly, will do to fix the problems that it began creating in 1619.
It may not be fair, it may not be right, but it is the reality of life in America in the 21st century.