This post is a transition point into the last section of the My Black Perspective series. I have gone over many topics, and now we look at an enigma in the group: Black Power. I say that because, considering the state of Black America, it’s fair to question the term. What I’m about to share now and in the coming days is my view.
Context Lifted Straight from Wikipedia
I can’t say this any better, so I’ll make use of what’s on Wikipedia (first time using them this entire series — I tried)…
That’s a fairly decent (very) high-level view of Black Power, right? I wasn’t around for it, but I know people who were – and going by their accounts, that feels pretty accurate.
Two things regarding Black Power:
- It is a monster of a topic to some and causes literal anxiety and erratic responses.
- It was never achieved.
To get some idea about how it is received by certain portions of America now, and how it was likely received by the bulk of America back in its inception, I give you Laura Ingraham (you have to consume media from all over to get a more full picture, folks):
(I would argue that she doesn’t quite understand Systemic Racism, but that’s just me.)
And if you want some idea about why I say it was never achieved, I hear a lot of people talking about Judas and the Black Messiah these days — check it out.
Anyway, moving on.
Black Power Unrealized (Again)
I don’t like to look at the Black Power Movement in a vacuum. I think it was a remixed version of something that Black People in America have wanted for a long time: Equality & Sameness.
Whether you’re going all the way back to the violent revolt of Nat Turner in 1831, the economic attempts in Tulsa of the early 1900s, the Civil Rights Movement began in 1954, or the Black Lives Matter Movement of today — Black Power represents a variation in the execution of achieving desires as old as U.S. History itself (at least, the Black version): Black People wanting “their own” in some fashion.
(Take that how you will, because I intentionally leave it open to interpretation.)
But, like many things – I feel it was cut short to some degree. A U.S. President overturning reparation orders (which, when you read it – I’m not 100% sure Union General William T. Sherman had the authority to do), Black Leaders assassinated, U.S. laws and regulations no playing out in their favor, and so on.
Regardless of what Black Power was or is, I just don’t think it has ever been fully-realized at any point in American History, and I think the current economic standing of Black People in the U.S. is damning proof of that fact. But… I ultimately don’t blame anyone for that, Black or White. I think this attempt, among many others, fell short because of human nature all across the board.
You have White People looking out for themselves collectively (because they were in a position to do so). And you always end up with Black People looking out for themselves individually (because, historically, they may have felt they had no choice).
Those are the types inconvenient truths I want to confront in some of the last few posts of this series.
What Comes Next?
As I already wrote in the opening of this collection of posts…
The last week or so of posts will deal heavily in my opinions and observations on certain topics (maybe even more so than I’ve currently been doing). I wanted to put this part last because some sections of it needed the context that’s been built up throughout this entire project.
Hopefully, what I’ll be sharing over the next week or so will be seen for what it is – “a guy sharing his opinion based on his own limited experiences” – and not my preaching that I have THE solution. Will there be recommendations and use of the word “should”? Yes. What’s the point of getting to this point in the subject matter if I don’t have a view I feel is worth sharing? Why even address it?
Maybe some others will share their opinions as well (either on the blog or privately – doesn’t make a difference to me). The reactions I’ve been getting to these posts have been inspiring and proof to me that there’s still tremendous potential for America as a whole.
I hope that when this is all done, maybe more people will view Black Power as something that can be encouraged for the betterment of our nation and the world altogether, and not some divisive self-serving crackpot dream that, in the words of Laura Ingraham (can’t believe I’m saying that), “is vindictive and counter-productive.” Hopefully, it doesn’t act as something that “drives a wedge not a conversation.”
We should talk about these things because they are conversations that need to be had.
Think of the centuries-old relationship between Black People and America in the same way that you would see a relationship between two people. If one of them constantly feels there’s an issue that needs to be discussed, and the other continuously downplays their voice and perspective to speak on the topic – or, even worse – the other person hears it out but refuses to do anything to address the grievance(s) of the relationship’s other half (gaslighting them in the process)… How do think that’s going to go? How healthy is that relationship? What do you think the one-sided pent-up frustration, anger, and eventual rage will lead to?
I think I’ll shut-up now.
Peace, and thanks for reading.
PS: This is officially the 100th post published on this blog!!
*Does Happy Dance* Seriously, thanks for reading.
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