Black Community Responsibility

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I agree that there are some things that the black community themselves need to own and take responsibility for, but they differ greatly with what people like Bill Cosby and such are spewing. I never hear anyone asking white people or the white community to take responsibility for any of its actions. The fact remains that every community has problems; I don’t think that you can find one that is devoid of them. So why this push to force blacks into accepting this fallacy that our community is somehow the worst one, or we somehow have failed where others are excelling? Well, you know the answer, just more propaganda to keep blacks feeling inadequate.

The Bill Cosby’s of the world will have you to believe that we are in such a state of disrepair all by our own doing. But, is it really our own doing that has put us in this predicament? I say yes and no, the issues are too complex for his simpleton explanation that if we only showed some responsibility everyone would be college graduates and on the cover of Forbes. When we all understand or should understand that college isn’t for everyone and America as a whole has only allowed 10% of the population to reach Forbes cover standards of living. We have to come to a realization that what we need as a community differs from that of America as a whole, that our needs don’t parallel that of the white community.

 

One of the things we should own is the fall of black neighborhoods; it is us who left our brothers and sisters in the hood as soon as we make a little dough the motto seems to be “see ya suckers.” As the higher income makers move to join their idea of equals in some white neighborhood, the tax dollars that helped to keep the area up goes with them. But I want to live in an affluent neighborhood, you hear these money makers say. Well what makes the area their moving to affluent, the type of houses, the landscaping, business or the fact that they are full of whites? I don’t have a problem with wanting more, hell, that’s what America is all about, but why can’t you want more for your people. Why can’t you stay in the neighborhood and make something nice there? If more blacks who get a leg up were to stay and gentrify our own neighborhoods we wouldn’t need to run to white neighborhoods like country cousins beggin’ at the big house for a nice area to raise our kids.

 

Black neighborhoods would be better off if it were diversely populated with blacks of all socioeconomic classes. With the money sticking around, so would businesses, and the schools would be a whole lot better; all of which means that everyone as a whole would be doing a whole lot better. The black owned small business inside the neighborhoods would help a lot with unemployment and so on. Sounds a lot like a trickle down effect, but my naïve nature is showing again. I don’t believe that blacks care about the black community as much as they care about impressing their black and white counterparts as well as those beneath them, with the look what I have and where I live syndrome.

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3 responses to “Black Community Responsibility

  1. Jackie

    Well written. A few of us have been trying to improve the black communities but some of us do not have a clue. Liter is the main issue.

  2. Jackie,

    I would not go so far as to say that litter is the main issue with the black community. But, I will say that it goes to a mindset that permeates the black community. Which is a lack of care or a lack of control which leads to a lack of care. Hopefully we can start somewhere and to me a little cleanliness goes a long way to improving ones mindset. Thanks for the reply.

  3. Andrew

    What I don’t understand, and maybe this is because I’m coming from a different background, is when you referenced the ‘white community.’

    Look, I am white, but that’s hardly the first word I’d describe myself with. You know what I mean? The first word would be Christian, then young man, then a series of descriptive words. White easily falls into the teens or twenties, unless of course I forget to mention it (likely).

    My point is this, I don’t find much personal identity in *whiteness*.

    Also, gentrification is a sticky issue. Proximity is another. By being near to people of a higher socioeconomic class, you get to network, make friends, create ideas, and (possibly) achieve upward mobility.

    Truth is, moving classes is difficult, even in America. I don’t know the answer. I’m not sure what the question is either. But I know a lot of it has to do with waking up today and realizing that nothing you can do today changes yesterday. Today, we have to wake up, make goals, and move forward.

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