Black Community Self-Help Plan

Aesop's fable, 'Hercules and the Wagoner'

God Helps Those Who Help Themselves – HE REALLY DOES

A CARTER was driving a wagon along a country lane, when the wheels sank down deep into a rut. The rustic driver, stupefied and aghast, stood looking at the wagon, and did nothing but utter loud cries to Hercules to come and help him. Hercules, it is said appeared and thus addressed him: “Put your shoulders to the wheels, my man. Goad [PUSH] on your bullocks [OWN STRENGTHS], and never pray to me for help, until you have done your best to help yourself, or depend upon it you will hence-forth pray in vain.” The moral of this fable: Self-help is the best help. – Aesop’s Fables, Hercules and the Wagoner [1]

The Black community has fallen for the self-pitying dribble of so called Black leaders like Al Sharpton who utter loud cries to the government and demand it do what the Black community has failed to do for itself: help itself out of its current economical, educational, and moral rut. It is not surprising that the Black community has seen very little progress in those areas, and shamefully, has experienced substantial regression since Dr. Martin Luther King’s I HAVE A DREAM speech. From welfare queens to the horrid neglect of basic education let alone college graduation, the Black community has failed itself.

It seems easy to blame others for the missteps of the Black community. Many declare the American justice system is unfair to minorities, particularly Blacks. However, those prisons are overflowing with many Black men and women who have made very poor personal choices. They had the free will to choose. Planned Parenthood and the ACLU fight for the rights of women to choose abortion. Yet, some self-proclaimed Black leaders and their sheeple[2] suggest Blacks do not have a choice in their education and socio-economic situation and blaming the government for its purported failures for not taking care of the Black community.

4 Major Black community symptoms that are killing the Black community

What are some solutions to this epidemic of self-hatred, self-degradation, self-mutilation, and self-destruction? Just as the mythical god, Hercules, told the Carter: “Put your shoulders to the wheels, my man.” So, Black community, put your collective shoulders to the wheels of accountability and responsibility, and improve your own status.

It is important to address each symptom and provide remedies. The Black community must unveil the and expose the ugly, cancerous epidemic in order to begin to heal.

Instead of addressing its own failures, many within the Black community will just cover their mirrors or smash it into bits just to avoid accountability and responsibility.

Symptom #1: Self-Hatred

Self-hate is when self-proclaimed Black leaders and their sheeple blame everyone but the Black community for all that is wrong with it. Instead of addressing its own failures, many within the Black community will just cover their mirrors or smash it into bits just to avoid accountability and responsibility. Many are too lazy and lean on the divisive mantra.

It is shameful when Blacks consumers pay hundreds, sometimes thousands, of dollar for the rims on a car; yet there is no food for their children, utilities are turned off, or there is no decent shelter for the children.

Symptom #2: Self-Degradation

Self-degradation began when Blacks thought it was okay to call each other the “N-Word” and accepting the lie that as long as it is another Black person, it is okay. It is never okay to call Black women bitches and whores as part of a music genre and making money from this disrespect. It also happens when drugs are sold within the boundaries of the Black community in the midst of our sons and daughters. Self-degradation trample on the souls of Black people when the participate in a drive-by shooting just because someone was verbally offended.

It is shameful when Blacks consumers pay hundreds, sometimes thousands, of dollar for the rims on a car; yet there is no food for their children, utilities are turned off, or there is no decent shelter for the children. It is madness when many in the Black community refuse to pay fees for their child’s school trips, sports equipment, or college tuition, etc. That is a symptom of poor self-worth. Black consumer priorities are backwards when hundreds of dollars are spent on Jordan’s for their toddlers and school-aged children. Another big failure within the Black community is when Blacks neglect to teach their children to read and write or attend a school meetings.

Symptom #3: Self-Mutilation

Self-mutilation is when Black girls who looked no older than 12 to 14 years old, take pictures proudly displaying their swollen bellies and posting them on Facebook. These kids have no idea the challenges of motherhood. Pregnancy should be about love and family unity; not a blood-sport or gang initiation. Their childhood has been stolen by the neglect and irresponsibility of parents and the sperm donors who are most likely adult men.

Symptom #4: Self-Destruction

The Black community self-destructs whenever it allows grown men to impregnate its teenage girls, gang rape 11-year-olds or mentally-challenged 18-year-olds. The Black community is in a rapid self-destruction downward spiral when the mothers of those Black men who gang-raped the 11-year-old purports that the little girl deserved the rape because she acted fast and dressed like a grown woman. This is a major symptom of mental illiness!

Additionally, the Black community is self-destructive when Black men prefer selling drugs for a quick dollar instead of working an honest one job. There are some Black leaders who would rather protest in Fullerton, California over a depiction of the President as a monkey; but refuse to protest again drug dealers and child rapists within the Black community.

According to the Center for Healing Hearts and Spirits[5] website “While African Americans comprise 13.5% of the U.S. Population, 43% of all murder victims in 2007 were African American, 93.1% of whom were killed were African Americans.” So, what right does the Black community have in demanding humane treatment from the government when more Blacks are killed at the hands of Blacks?

4 Remedies that will save the Black community

The Black community hasn't always been broken. For centuries up until the late 1960s, there were many thriving Black communities. This can happen again. Before it can return to success and freedom, the Black community must first acknowledge it has an image problem.

Once the Black community acknowledges and accepts the “cancer diagnosis” and treatment begins, there is hope for a better life and progressive healing.

Remedy #1: Self-Accountability

The Black community must uncover the mirror to look upon itself and identify areas of healing. Just like getting a diagnosis of cancer, but refusing treatment. Ignorance and avoidance leads to a painful death. Once the Black community acknowledges and accepts the “cancer diagnosis” and treatment begins, there is hope for a better life and progressive healing. When the Black community holds itself accountable and responsible for its future, real healing begins.

"There are college savings plans that can be set up for zero dollars or as little at $25. This is equal to or less than a full-set of French-Tip nails."

Remedy #2: Self-Worth

The Black community can improve its self-worth when it stops drinking the ‘slave-mentality’ Kool-Aid and demand its people stop calling each other the ‘N-Word’. No matter how the hip-hop industry tries to slice that poisoned pie, and no matter how good it tastes, it is still poison! It is delusion to think that that Blacks are not offended by this horrific moniker and justify its use by saying it means something different when Black call each other the ‘N-Word’. This will not pass muster. It is derogatory no matter who speaks it.

The Black community can begin to make long term investments in our children’s education. This is essential to improving the socio-economic and moral state of the Black community. There are college savings plans that can be set up for zero dollars or as little at $25. This is equal to or less than a full-set of French-Tip nails. Stop believing the lie that Blacks are dropping out of high school in large numbers. According to The National Institute of Education Statics[3], in 1980 the percentage of Blacks between the ages of 16 and 24 who graduated was 80.1%. The same study reported in 2008 that the same 16 to 24 year old graduation rate was 90.1, a dropout decrease of 9.2%. So, the Black community has a lot to be proud of. Tell the truth. Shame the devil!

Give more attention to those Black youth who are making positive progress. Help them shine like the stars they have become. Reward them for their hard academic work. They deserve cheerleaders. There was a time when doctors, lawyers, engineers, scientists, educators, and composers lived throughout the Black community. Within that 90.1% of Black high school graduates, there awaits future doctors, lawyers, engineers, scientists, educators, and composers who can enrich and reinvest their knowledge within the Black community. As the saying goes, Become the change you wish to see.

"If a Black male is not interested in marrying the Black female, then he does not have a right to her most precious gem – her womanhood."

Remedy #3: Self-Healing

The Black community can heal by standing up and supporting the No Wedding – No Womb®[4] movement, which calls for our Black girls and women to value their bodies; and for Black boys and men to value the bodies of these women and girls. Most importantly, No Wedding – No Womb® embraces the protection of our children and their future. It is time for the Black community to encourage and support marriages. It is ideal that Black children be raised in a two-parent home than within a single parent home. It is understood that this may not always be possible. Therefore, the Black community should embrace the single parent and provide the necessary parental support. Black children deserve a chance an emotionally healthy and safe living environment if they are to have a chance for success.

If a Black male is not interested in marrying the Black female, then he does not have a right to her most precious gem – her womanhood. However, if there are teenage pregnancies, the Black community must hold the Black male equally accountable and not place all the blame and responsibility on the teenage girl. Remember, it took two to tangle this baby web.

Remedy #4: Self-Improvement

The Black community can improve its current state if it stands up to the cancerous canker sores within its borders: drug dealers, gangs, bullies, and pedophiles. Stand up and let these poisonous enigmas know they are not welcome and the Black community will no longer be their safe haven. The Black community must mandate the protection of its women and children. The bodies of our children are sacred and violators must be prosecuted. Black men and women should be positive role models for Black youth.

Stop being so politically correct and tell Black men and women they should be not have children unless they can financially support them. Welfare is no longer a viable option. Start setting goals for success for the Black community; and the children will also aspire to do better.

Additionally, Black parents should emphasize the importance of education. This is the key to self-improvement and will increase the potential of success for future generations. A great education awaits all Blacks, so take advantage of this wealth. A lack of education within the Black community is the biggest crime perpetrated upon it. Therefore, we must make our children go to school. It should not be an option.

"It is time to rebuild the legacy of our scholars, doctors, scientists, and composers."

A Word to the Wise

As previously referenced, Hercules told the Carter, “. . . Goad [PUSH] on your bullocks [OWN STRENGTHS], and never pray to me for help, until you have done your best to help yourself, or depend upon it you will hence-forth pray in vain.” Black community, it is time to stop praying for help, leaning on your lack of understanding, and put yourself to work within the Black community to heal the Black community. No one has abandoned the Black community. It has abandoned itself. It is time to rebuild the legacy of our scholars, doctors, scientists, and composers. Let’s shoot for the academia stars and stop drinking the poisoned Kool-Aid being dispensed by the Sharpton sheeple, hip-hop and gangster rap minions. It’s time for renewal.

Aesop's fable, 'The Ant and the Grasshopper'
Aesop's fable, 'The Ant and the Grasshopper' | Source

The Ants and the Grasshoppe

Another wise Aesop fable, The Ants and the Grasshopper[6], reads:

THE ANTS, were spending a fine winter’s day drying grain collected in the summertime. A Grasshopper, perishing with famine, passed by and earnestly begged for a little food. The Ants inquired of him, “Why did you not treasure up food during the summer?” He replied, “I had not leisure enough. I passed the days in singing.” They then said in derision: “If you were foolish enough to sing all the summer, then you must dance supperless to bed in the winter.”

The moral of this fable is this: The Black community must stop being enchanted by the idea of retiring on welfare; but working a minimum wage job is not enough money compared to a welfare check. Please encourage your sons and daughters to respect their bodies, and protect it from all types of communicable diseases. Please teach your children to respect authority, which will result in your children also respecting you. Please teach your children to respect institution of marriage and that being raised by both parents increases the health and wealth of the family. Even if you are not married, please teach the frequent participation of both parents is essential.

Please stop drinking the idiot Kool-Aid of the abusive muses of the violent and anti-Black woman gangster rap and hip-hop as well as the misguidance of lack-luster Black leadership rhetoric. Please learn to value your minds and accept that education is a sign of increased self-worth as well as increased wealth potential. Please cease listening to the lies that speaking proper grammar is a sign of being “White” when speaking proper grammar is a sign of intelligence. Lastly, stop devaluing basic education (K-12) and the non-pursuit of higher learning lest the Black community will continue to “. . . dance supperless to bed in the winter.

Sources

[1] Townsend, G. F. (1857). Aesop's Fables. Oxford, London.

[2] Sheeple – People who blindly follow charismatic leaders without question or direction. – Source: www.michaelsavage.com

[3] National Center for Education Statistics: http://nces.ed.gov/fastfacts/display.asp?id=16

[4] No Wedding – No Womb© 2010: http://www.noweddingnowomb.com/

[5] Healing Heats and Spirits: http://www.hhscenter.org/bonbstat.html

[6] Townsend, G. F. (1857). Aesop's Fables. Oxford, London.

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gitrdun4444 5 years ago from North Carolina

Wow! What a great article. I enjoyed reading it. Very informative. Thank you!


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SOBF 5 years ago from New York, NY

WOW is right, but for a totally different reason. Your hub is filled with so many stereotypical portrayals of the black community that are so far from the truth that I had to re-read it simply to make sure you were talking about African Americans.

Your hub reads like the Dubois descriptive of the lazy negro. This is not a quote but to paraphrase. Three black men were riding in a wagon when they came across a group of white men who looked upon them and saw them laid out in the back of the wagon, legs over edge, and said those some lazy Negroes. But what they didn't realize was that the three black men had just pulled a sixteen hour work day in the beating heat and were currently on their way to another assignment.

A surface argument with no depth and very little accuracy.


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rissa62 5 years ago Author

@SOBF:

"A surface argument with no depth and very little accuracy." No depth? Very little accuracy. Really? So, in what Black community have you traveled lately? Have you taught in an inner city school lately? Have you visited your local inner city mall? When was the last time you watched YouTube videos of our folk acting like savage fools? Come on now!

I have done all those mentioned; and there is where I get my 'knowledge'. As the title states, this is a SELF-HELP plan. It does not say all Black are 'lazy negros'. I am about getting off the pity stoop and getting busy with improving my life, which in turn improves the lives of others. Your fable is valiant as well as relevant. However, for most of the Black males standing on the street corner, where does your fable hold relevance?

Stop trying to divert the truth from what has and continues to happen to the Black community. It is dying a slow, self-inflicted death. It's time to stop coddling the Black community and challenge it to get off its lazy butt and hold itself accountable and responsible for its current state. Until then, I will continue to STAND UP and SPEAK OUT. Until next time...

PEACE


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SOBF 5 years ago from New York, NY

rissa62 My fable was not meant to address the black males standing on the corner, it was meant to address the manner in which you have chosen to view them. My favorite word in the english dictionary is the word "WHY". Why, because it has an onion affect on any situation, peeling away layers until we get to the root cause. Like any disease the cure is found by addressing the root cause not by addressing the symptons.

So based on your argument on must ask the question why to each of the social problems y


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SOBF 5 years ago from New York, NY

continued..

So based on your arugment one must ask the question "WHY" to each of the social problem you have presented. No disease is cured by adddressing it's symtons. In order to cure it we must go to the root cause.

I called your comments surface because you want to address the symptons as the cause rather than openning up and peeling back the onion to its root. This is what you call a victim mentallity, when in reality it is nothing more than education. As far as the black community falling into abyss the reality is somewhat different. Teenage pregnancy is down dramatically over the past ten years. Drug use (with the exception of marijuana) is also down dramatically. Remove the black men from prison that are in for non-violent drug related offenses and your drop their roles by 60%. In general with the exception of drug related crimes, blacks arrest rates (not conviction) are in line with their poverty rate(keeping with crime being social economic rather than race induced).

Just for the record I live in the inner-city of Atlanta, and grew up in D.C. I have always lived in black communities by choice and have worked as a mentor to black males for most of my adult life.

Thanks again

Peace.


Cher 5 years ago

While everyone is sitting around peeling vegetables, Black women and children are victims of violent crimes at disproportionate rates. Entities who benefit from the status quo love to stall Black women with admonitions of "talk"...We've been going over the same dead rhetoric even before 1985...It's quite evident life within most Black constructs have grown increasingly worse. So here is my message to Black women: FLEE...RUN.FOR.YOUR.LIVES!!!!

P.S. Rissa...I'd also like to leave your readers a link from the Muslim blogger Khadija http://sojournerspassport.com/last-call-to-evacuat...

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