Are you Black Enough?
I begin this Blog with a quote from the great Dr. Frances Cress Welsing. Many people have no idea of what racism is and throw around the term “racist” without discretion. They use the term in great folly and error without giving much meaning as to what the term actually embodies. Dr. Welsing provides the most encompassing working definition of what racism is, and when understood it sets a precedent upon the observer and alters their outlook of the world in which they operate within.
Her definition of racism:
“A local, national, global system— behavioral system of thoughts, speech, action and emotional response consciously and or subconsciously determined practiced by people who classify themselves as white in all areas of people activity: economics, education, entertainment, labor, law, politics, religion, sex and war for the ultimate purpose of maintaining white genetic survival and preventing white genetic annihilation on planet earth. A planet upon which the overwhelming majority of people are classified as non-white by the minority of people who classify themselves as white. Those who are classified as non-white are genetically dominant in terms of skin coloration compared to the genetically recessive white skin-people.”– Dr. Frances Cress Welsing
I would also add to this comprehensive definition the hording and allocation of the earth’s natural resources. This inclusive definition implicates so much and one could literally derive several essays from this one definition. And this shall provide the spring board for our discussion.
I was recently asked a question: How do you determine how Black someone is? Are you black enough? If so what does that entail? Now of course one can not quantify black, but I can provide a definitive exploration of what it means to be Black. And you can see what side of the spectrum you fall upon.
Truthfully, we all have a li’l black in us… It’s a conscious choice rather to identify with it or repel from it…
At the very core one must understand that they are a conquered people…And I am speaking from a Black-man-living-in-America’s perspective. One must understand that they are indeed identifying with their capturers when choosing to perpetuate their system that is in place: whether this be consciously or unconsciously…
So if one uses the term “you’re not black” or “you’re not black enough”, what is that person truly saying? When one says oh you’re trying to “talk white” what are they truly stating? If you are called a “sale out” what does that mean?
On a conscious level these statements sound very ignorant. It implicates because you have success, because you have brains enough to fulfill the white man’s idea of success you’re being white.–Because after all only a white man can be smart, have nice things, and speak the Queen’s English. On a surface level it is indeed very ignorant… But one must not stop there, because it is usually the subconscious that drives us. It is the subconscious that is subversive and responsible for most of man’s actions… It is our “ancient brain” telling us that there was a way of life prior to this modern world we live in. There was a way of interaction and purpose that we as a populace exacted before we became a conquered people. This is not oue natural dialect. This is not our innate ideal of “success”—the pursuit of money and other superficial gain. Perhaps there was much more to who we are than what we’ve become and have been presented ourselves to be.
So, there is a cognitive dissonance held there of some sort. On the one hand we are a very talented people. We are pioneers of the earth, so when presented with a challenge it is innate for us to overcome. So, we excel in this system put in place and tend to blame others for their lack of acumen in which they can’t succeed. It’s their fault… They had the same opportunities as me… Blaming the victim complex because after all it helps us create a disconnect from who we really are. After all they aren’t like me. We’re different. I can’t possibly be like them… I’m better…This is a great untruth. A truth rooted in falsehood. Although, I do believe that we all are unique, and the fact that one has climbed a social and cultural latter better than someone else is no grounds for identifying “greatness”.
Thus on some level I can honestly say we all have “black” in us. We all have the ability to be great, lend hand to brother, establish communities in which man is brothers’ keeper, use talents for the betterment of most not just self, have the courage to be who you are minus the social constructs. Yet some of us choose to identify with the false truth of reality that has been placed in front of us by our captives. Our “Ancient Brains” know it is not enough. Thus we seek outlets—we seek drug abuse, we yearn to get high, we yearn for something “else” something “real”. Some of us identify with our conquerors so much that we hate the very hair that’s on our head. This is quite ironic, because our conquerors have integrated their captives’ culture into all aspects of their society.–Using it as a means of economic gain by any exploit they see fit.
The feeling of complacency… The feeling that you’ve made it is that which is to be loathed…. The feeling that you’ve accomplished in this world and you choose not to shake up the system that has conquered you… That’s when a lil blackness begins to bleed out… Drip by drip… At that point you are consciously or subconsciously surrendering your bloodline (legacy) and capitulating to a system that has your brothers and sisters in servitude…
This creates a large schism between those with the wherewithal to pursue excellence by all means and the, what I like to call, natural nihilist. Both are equally destructive to what it means to be Black yet one is looked on a favorable light by our conquerors. You have those who pursue excellence by any means which have had great success—like our entertainers, athletes, upper middle-class folk. All are looked upon favorably as something to strive for—an ideal that reinforces the established system. Then you have the nihilist—those who reject society by any means.–The derelicts who choose to abuse the system—who are looked as being criminals, lazy, jobless, ignorant, violent, compulsive if you will.–Those individuals who have a natural propensity for rebellion but know no viable rather healthy means to manifest this rebellious nature. So you have this vicious cycle of each hating the other.–Each recognizing the lack of blackness in the other. The blame game occurs. When in actuality both are right to an extent and both are completely misguided in their approach to rectifying and creating a better situation.
Thus I can conclude this disposition by answering what I believe it means to be Black.
It means to constantly be in pursuit of the truth. It is a realization that you may not have all the answers, but you are going to be who you are regardless of the situation. It is greatness and excellence despite circumstance. It is the courage to stay resolute and shake up the norm because the norm is forever evolving. Black is discipline. Black is not all about I. Black is love. Black is rebellion. Black is self-sacrifice.
Are you black enough?