Are Blacks holding themselves back? – By Yvonne Sam

Are Blacks holding themselves back?

By Yvonne Sam

Have we sabotaged ourselves through victimology?

Who or what is holding Blacks back from achieving equality or marking true progress in this 21st century? One may immediately query the rationale behind such a question being raised, or conversely patiently await the reasons proffered.  The writer is sure to catch hell for being so fluently bold, but the truth must be told. Although not underestimating the experience and the legacy of slavery, arguably very little has changed to the advantage of Blacks over the last few years.

Nevertheless, it is not white supremacy or white privilege that is preventing Blacks from achieving racial equality. Black culture is.  We need to free ourselves from the cult of victimology.   

Sadly, the ongoing calamitous state that Blacks and the Black community find itself in proves the veracity of the Biblical proverb: “where there is no vision people perish” (Proverbs 28: 19).  Our community is currently represented by leaders and activists who obsess on fighting the ghosts of the past rather than battling the main drivers of racial inequality. Inclining at windmills of racism, these modern day Don Quixotes have failed to realize the obstacles impeding black progress, among them being our glaring academic underachievement, and the young females having children out of wedlock at rates substantially higher than other racial groups.

Even in the face of this overabundance of disturbing facts existing within the community, yet there are no Black men or women in leadership roles who have called out our youths, or sounded a clarion call for self-improvement. Instead intellectuals and leaders have become fixated with lecturing white folks on what they must do to make life easier and better for black people. Noticeably, these race- spokespersons have also excelled when it comes to the issue of making excuses for the sub-par performance of blacks. They fret over smaller yet important issues such as whites painting their faces black, or using derogatory terms to describe ethnicity, but conspicuously fail to address the most important question facing the Black community today: how can we improve our performance so that we do not always come in last place?

Within the education system, blacks have to deal with teachers and professors who claim to be culturally competent but are not, and who also have preconceived notions about their capabilities. The curriculum at best is extremely Eurocentric, and neglects to embrace the full human experience. Having black students being told they are part of a culture that has not contributed anything of significance to the course of human civilization is a great disservice.”

Productively, none of the significant problems beleaguering the black community can be surmounted by moaning about racism or pretending that white supremacy is an invincible barrier to success. Instead black culture will have to be transformed so that there better performance inside the classroom, thereby dispelling the myth that blacks are anti-intellectual. The embarrassing status quo would never change until black culture is reformed.

Smart people should learn from history. The past years have convincingly shown that true racial equality will evade blacks until we change the behaviors in our community that perpetuate inequality. These self-destructive behaviors will not simply disappear on their own accord. Instead blacks must make a collaborated effort to reform our culture because, as psychologist Gustavo R. Grodnitzky has recognized, “culture drives behavior”. In his book- Culture Trumps Everything: The Unexpected Truth About The Ways Environment Changes Biology, Psychology, And Behavior, the author shows how leaders get the organizations they deserve, as a direct result of the cultures they nourish (or neglect). In order to ensure the best possible outcomes for themselves and their organizations, leaders must concentrate on developing the cultures that support and nurture success for all stakeholders, because…culture trumps everything. Because black culture is driving black men and women to behave differently from everyone else, those who wish to see blacks achieve racial equality must renounce the fiction that white supremacy is the primary force holding blacks back today. What truly hinders blacks from gaining equality with other groups is our chronically inferior performance in several key areas.

Blacks are moving into a moment in the history of the diaspora when as never before our future prosperity, if not survival, will depend more on our intellectual capital than anything else.

Aleuta—the struggle continues


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  • michael hawkins  On 06/26/2019 at 4:38 am

    A very debateable question. I think I can safely say that most of them are hard working, mostly the women. Some of the men think that the world owes them as they live in the pass

    guyaneseonline posted: “Are Blacks holding themselves back? By Yvonne Sam Have we sabotaged ourselves through victimology? Who or what is holding Blacks back from achieving equality or marking true progress in this 21st century? One may immediately query the rationale “

  • Camille Prashad  On 06/26/2019 at 10:39 am

    I am 100% in agreement with this writer. Black people have excelled, have shown that they have dignity, strength and courage. It angers me when I hear specific groups or individuals citing themselves as being victims. While we, including myself, an indo-guyanese, are from time to time discriminated upon, we need to move on and show growth in a positive way. White supremacy is on the rise again in America. Blacks can show they are above that. The younger generation should look for senior adult mentors in their community.

  • Trevor  On 06/26/2019 at 12:15 pm

    Blacks routinely get denied admissions into university, but a white man who murdered dozens of non-whites is given the chance to further his education:

    Norwegian Mass Murderer Accepted to Oslo University Norwegian Mass Murderer Accepted to Oslo University

  • Cedric Thompson  On 06/26/2019 at 5:32 pm

    In your next articles, could you kindly address the structural hindrances in north america which hinder black equality, and how to get more black entrpreneurs to get in business which is what these capitalist countries are all about.You START to get more respect from the non-black community when you start accumulating wealth not just education.Thanks for the entry article to a very relevant topic for blacks.

    • Trevor  On 06/26/2019 at 8:12 pm

      A lower income white woman would not be discriminated at an upscale Louis Vuitton or Gucci store, but a middle class black woman would be viewed as a potential robber though she is a paying customer.

      Even Oprah Winfrey experienced racial profiling and she is very wealthy!

      • Cedric Thompson  On 06/26/2019 at 10:01 pm

        I suspect that as more blacks become successful entrepreneurs and the word gets around these optics will change. These actions are racist mostly because many of these people who perform these acts of discrimination are just plain ignorant that black people can be anything else but servants and beggars??????

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