The Issues mentioned in the article about the plight of black men are things that I have been thinking about for a while now. It seems to me that black people as a group have lost their way. And as much as it pains me to say this black men have in no way shape or form have held up their end of the bargain as it relates to family. We have allowed ourselves to be defined and have long since bought into many of the negative stereotypes that were first forced upon the entire black community. The real heavy stuff happened way back when. Although the black man was demonized the most, all black people suffered. And all black people went hungry. We were and always will be in this struggle for self improvement and equality together. 1 for all and all for 1 you know , that type of stuff. If a black man was lynched it wasn’t just him that suffered it was his entire family. Who raised the kids when black men were lynched, jailed, ran out of town ect. At this point I believed we have lived with these issues long enough to know that things are not working It is my opinion that Blacks (black men in particular) should redefined themselves on what it is that we want out of life. We need to fully become a part of the modern world and change how we view that world. Basically we need to take full control of our lives.
The issues I am talking about are themes that most black people have heard before. I believe that a good portion of this failure can be attributed to bad parenting. I think black people's attitude towards education in general is a joke. In my opinion the biggest joke going is the black mans attitude towards education. Id bet money that young black men spend less time focusing on education than any other group in the country. Part of this is because their role models, or lack thereof do not promote and emphasize the value of education. In fact they emphasize many values totally obscene to education. I believe that young black men have the worse role models of any group in the country no doubt about it. . Which results in a lack of mental understanding and emotional restraint being developed in those individuals . The things that they see and experience are not conducive to attaining ongoing success in life. And lets be honest, some of these things holding us back should be pretty obvious to people who are really focused on learning, growing and evolving into better human beings. For instance, knowing the incarceration and unemployment rate of black men, I would think that every black mother, grandmother, uncle family member ect would be constantly preaching , working and teaching to keep more of these young men out of jail. Staying out of jail makes it easier for anyone to get employment. Since everyone in the black community knows that black men are having problems staying out of jail and employed I would think one would hear of a grass roots campaign on what the black community needs to do to turn these disgusting trends around. The type of focus, drive and energy needed to pull this off is something I’m not feeling from black folks at this time. What happen to that spirit, creativity and drive of the civil rights movement. I know that properly intellectually stimulated black people and others can figure out solutions and come up with ideas to help us move forward. To be honest this process may take 200 years to fully develop. I hope not , but It might. But the longer we wait the longer it will take to finish the process. It is also going to be painful as most of us will have to give up some of our non productive and self destructive habits. I do know that there are people out their with innovative ideas who are serious about helping to change the plight of black people. If you are one of these people then lets have at an honest, fair, progressive and open dialog of what needs to be done to totally and fully introduced black men into America society. Mark Bey