To Black people and other concerned people out there, so many Black scholars endlessly discuss the post traumatic slave syndrome effect. There are those who offer such a syndrome as an excuse for the ongoing malaise in the lower socioeconomic Black community and among lower socioeconomic Black people. However, more enlightened Black scholars refuse to see post traumatic slave syndrone as an excuse. In fact, they view this syndrome as a complete liability, specifically among some in the Black community.
There are Black educators and scholars who maintain that some Blacks have a slave mentality. They cite the anti-achievement and anti-intellectual attitude that some Blacks have towards education and improving themselves. They assert that there are some Blacks who are quite averse to knowledge and reading. They also contend that they adopt a victimology stance, believing that they are insignificant in and of themselves. They contend that only Black leaders can uplift them out of the dire situation they are in. They contend that society as a whole is against them.
But these same Blacks are the ones who feel that upper mobile Blacks are not authentic Blacks but are traitorous to the race. They are the ones who see Blacks improving themselves as acting Caucasian. They are the ones who think that it is cool to be as unknowledgeable as possible. They have a mentality that if they can't succeed, why should other Blacks do so. They also have little or no Black consciousness, either believing that being Black is inferior or succumbing to the most negative stereotypes of being Black. Let's discuss this.
Dr. Cosby maintained that many of the ills in the Black community are self-inflicted.
I don't think it's only blacks. Native Americans act this way too (I am one of these, partially). It's not about race. People will use anything as an excuse to feel victimized. History is just one excuse, there are plenty more.
I'll give you an example of my way of thinking at one point.
I thought I "deserved" to be able to live on reservation and enjoy the free government benefits, because only the fact that I am genetically Native American, and "you guys took our land".
I was set straight though, when another native American explained it to me. No, I don't deserve it. That happened in the past. No one alive today took anything from me or anyone else. It may have been wrong to do it in the first place, but no one alive today has anything to do with that. People need to move on.
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