We are all members of teams. Some team memberships come by birth, while others come by choice. The purpose of each team is to compete with other teams in the same category for the allocation and distribution of resources that influences survival. Team membership is simply an effective strategy for individuals to seek individual gains from the victories of the team.
Team categories include Citizenship, nationality, ethnicity, race, tribe, clan, family, gender, class, language, religion, political party and so on and so forth. Team memberships for individuals are multiple and often overlapping. Thus, an example of multiple overlapping team memberships could be an individual who is an American, Black, male, Christian and a Democrat.
It should be made perfectly clear that the effects of all team memberships are divisive. The team memberships that were created by man and not by God and nature are in fact the most divisive. Race is a concept with no clear demarcation as to where one race begins and the other ends, thus even though in practice it is accepted as an existing concept, in science it is not. The most humanly divisive team membership are the ones with clear demarcation, such as borders that separate people or religious faiths. These team memberships create mutual exclusivity and intense competition, with religion probably being the most divisive in that each religious teams sees there faith as the TRUE faith for all mankind and thus all mankind needs to be converted.
People usually order their team memberships into a hierarchy, with the top overriding team membership being the one that produces the most reward to the individual be it emotional, spiritual or monetary/material, with the least rewarding membership being the usurped by the interest of all the others. It all depends on what the individual values the most, whether it is spiritual, emotional, physical or material/economic. Ultimately all team membership is for selfish individualistic reward, but it all depends on what individuals value.
Black people in America who do not feel the same about Africans in Africa, or black people in Haiti, as they do black people in America, have obviously placed the team membership of America over the team membership of blackness. For blackness has no man made boundaries that would give premiums and value unto those in specified locations. Moreover, most black people see little reward in membership to blackness. In fact, it has been a curse for over the last few centuries. Thus, very few blacks are compelled to place blackness very high up in their hierarchy of memberships, because it offers little reward, but it is a membership that they can never escape from, unlike the many other memberships we belong to.
Blacks in America may curse America, but they generally are not going to leave America because despite all the discrimination and racism, team membership in America offers the greatest material return, than does blackness. Even a great percentage of Africans would give up membership in their nationality to become Americans. Thus, no one is really seeking to invest in anything associated with the team of blackness, because they perceive little and certainly no immediate return on such an investment. Consequently, we seek to invest in memberships that are predominately comprised and controlled by the team members of "Whiteness".
Part of the psychological consequence of centuries of racial slavery has been the transference of traditional beliefs about blacks, by those of the white team, upon black thinking today. Thus, blacks see little reward or value in Teams were blacks represent the majority. This is why black people disassociate themselves, for the most part, from Africa and African people. But as Malcolm X astutely noted, we cannot learn to love ourselves until we learn to love Africa and the Africans. Certainly if any of our people look down on Africa and Africans, that they have in effect looked down upon black people, for Africa is the definition and root of blackness.... not African Americans. The only thing that differentiates African Americans from Africans in Africa is prolonged mixture and contact with whites. Thus, for the African American to somehow think that African Americans are superior or better than Africans is to acknowledge the superiority of whiteness, because that is the only thing that has made us different from the native African.
Personally, I am too a victim of this psychosis, but I am gradually breaking free as I now see myself as an African living in America and not an African American. I have grown to care as much, if not more, about Africans as I do African Americans. I am also investing more and more in Africa financially and with my time. I travel to Africa for culture and vacation and to transferee dollars into the hands of Africans. I am trying to make blackness a team membership that offers individual reward.....as it once did before the slave Holocaust by the white "Team".
The truth has the effect of sunlight upon vampires when exposed to the wicked. If one recoils and does not embrace the light of truth....they are likely vampires.
[This message was edited by Noah The African on April 14, 2003 at 12:44 PM.]