In the wake of Obama’s presidential victory, African-Americans had finally had their ‘excuse crutch’ kicked right under them.
The U.S. had long been dubbed - The Land of Opportunity. Generations have flooded to the U.S. from all corners of the planet; some seeking refuge, while others simply seeking a better education, a better opportunity and a better tomorrow.
One uniform belief that is shared by ALL is that the U.S. is the one place on earth where, dreams come true and all things are possible, if one perseveres and never quits. Yet African-Americans are the (only) group of people that play a pivotal role in filling up, all-statistics-gloomy-and-disheartening.
The question, ‘who is to blame for African-American’s failings?’ has been open for debate for the longest, and frankly for no apparent reason, when, specially all the evidences pointed back squarely at African-American themselves.
Obama’s presidential victory is a momentous and watershed moment, and particularly for this reason - it has helped shut the coffin cover down on the “racism” argument. It is also a vindication of the timeless creed, that - no matter who you are or where you come from, you can achieve anything, no matter how hard life might sometimes tests you.
Africans Hardly Blame, While African-Americans Enjoy Blaming. I am black, of African descent, and I have lived in the U.S. for almost a decade now. I am what you may choose to call an immigrant. And under the “white man’s” microscope, I and my African-American brothers and sisters are one and the same – BLACKS.
When I speak of race relations (racism) in America, I mainly speak from my experience as a black man in America, and everything else second, (Like pride in oneself, resilience, lack of inferiority complex.)
Am I a witness of racism in America? Absolutely. Do I believe whites have an advantage over blacks? Umm . . . Ye - - -S.
But nothing to cry and moan about. Probably very minimal advantage and one, in my African eyes, I have a hard time to identify. And definitely not something that a black man couldn’t overcome with a bit of hard work and vigilance.
What African-Americans have is a crippling disease called - Laziness. It is precisely a dangerous disease because it is the hardest to notice and one that hardly displays its symptoms in black-and-white. However, this laziness in the black community is one that has sipped through over time, and it was almost non-existent in the generations before.
African-Americans are the descendants of slaves who were subjected to hard and back-breaking labor, and this laziness that is prevalent among today’s generations of African-Americans is one that defies scientific theories, in my view.
More African-Americans had finished high school and attended college in the 70’s than they do today. In fact, the rate of an African-American in the 70’s graduating high school and college was the same as that of an Anglo-American. African Americans Need Only Look At Africans. Perhaps no evidence debunks the “racism” argument more than black Africans who come to the U.S. to lead a triumphant and prosperous life.
For that matter, one could point out the success rate of ALL types of immigrants. But for argument sakes alone, I choose to compare Apples-to-Apples (Blacks to Blacks, in this case) And for those who are reluctant to let go off the racism argument, I have one more news for you: On the list of obstacles an African-American faces in today’s America, racism was recently listed 18th. 18th! Making racism a non-issue by default.
So Why Do Africans Succeed Where African-Americans Fail? Hard work, education, accountability and responsibility.
It doesn’t get any more uncomplicated than that, though some intelligentsia in the African-American community would like to complicate things. These so-called intelligentsia in the black community are what I call those with, a-hang-over-from-the-civil-rights-era. They are still living in the 60’s and 70’s. They are still stuck in solving the puzzle that has been long solved.
In fact, Africans are faced with more challenges than any African-American ever could.
Most Africans are not born with a silver spoon in their mouth; they are usually faced with all sorts of problems when they first arrive in America (Challenges like learning a new system, a language barrier that takes years to break, in addition to all the other problems and obstacles African-Americans claim to face due to their pigmentation). So tell me, who has it hard? The African or the African-American?
The inescapable fact remains, that there is no substitute to hard work and resilience, and the sooner the African-American intelligentsia of the civil rights era fess up, the better for African-Americans.
Am I indifferent to the problems of racism in America? Puuuh-lizz! Only a mad man would think that. The day has come where racism can no longer be considered the alpha-and-omega of problems that black people face. That’s the point that I am trying to make.
As a human being first, and a black man in America second, I have never been able to push on an open door. All the doors that I had thus far walked through had to be unlocked by me. And I don’t know of a white man that had to stay in bed and have his bills taken care of at the end of the month.
In fact, I have never met an uber rich white man in a decade of my staying in America. And I ask myself is this really true that white people have an advantage? Could it be exaggerated? Because all my white neighbors are forced to get up every morning and sit behind their desk somewhere or earn a living somehow. I never see them going to a secret meeting where they are handed a manual that tells them the secret to successful life in America.
It is the “System.” African-Americans are constantly talking about the “system.” I am not going to go there, because it would waste my time. But let me say this quickly, this “system” that seems to be a part of a constant discussion in the black community is simply another, what else, excuse. Enough said about “systems”.
Entitlement Programs Suck, Plain Suck! I hate programs like the “Affirmative Action” with a passion. I frown upon it, and I detest it. Did I say I hate it? Programs like the Affirmative Action are simply, - Entitlement Programs.
No type of entitlement program, in the history of the world, has ever worked. Entitlement programs do nothing, whatsoever, to address the heart of the problem. Thus serving as anything, but adding salt to an injury.
For a society who has produced the like of W.E. DuBois, Frederick Douglas and many others like them, how should African-Americans ever say yes to programs like the Affirmative Action Program.
The fact of the matter is, Affirmative action would never solve the poverty and crime that is prevalent in the black community. What the latest “lazy” generation of African-Americans require is not an entitlement program, but rather a face-lift in attitude, thinking and approach. Attributes and traits that are pivotal for anyone to succeed are sorely missing in the black youth today.
Belief-in-oneself, sense of pride, and lack of inferiority complex are all important if one is to succeed and overcome obstacles.
What I am thankful for the most about Obama’s historical victory is that he had played a critical role in restoring and instilling the confidence back in the black youth.When those attributes are backed by a solid educations and hard work, the sky is truly the limit.
In short, where African-Americans see “racism,” Africans are thinking “let’s prove them wrong.” That simple difference in attitude could mean the difference between - succeeding and becoming a couch-potato.
By Fay Venegas
Thanks to AfroSpear