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A growing epidemic amongst blacks.
"Black Guilt" a phenomena seen mostly in the upper crust of black society has recently begun to filter down into even the most oppressed segments of the black community. Black guilt can be defined as a mental separation from the black race that takes on an almost anti-black mindset. Black guilt is a characteristic found generally in assimilated Blacks. It is the foundation for most (not all) interracial relationships. It manifests itself in the form of social denial, critical observations, and public support of the majority White population.
Bill Cosby gave us the most obvious example of Black Guilt in his NAACP speech that focused on the level of irresponsibility in the black community. During his speech Cosby eloquently pointed to individual acts or irresponsibility, but he was unable to offer any discussion on the inequities faced by people in these communities. Many may argue that the points made by the esteemed William H. Cosby Jr. PhD were dead on accurate. With this I cannot argue, however Cosby’s lack of ability to offer any critical observation of a society that has developed an environment of inequity through race based policies leaves his argument hollow and void of any foundation. One must consider that Cosby is not only a world famous entertainer and trusted pusher of Jell-O brand products, William H. Cosby Jr. is also an esteemed academic, which makes his inability to analyze the complete social picture in his argument even more baffling.
Cosby has throughout his career focused on one major goal. That goal has been to achieve, maintain, and cultivate a financially rewarding lifestyle without biting the white hand that feeds him. His chosen position of passive compliance works well for many blacks, allowing them to reap the benefits received from their racial connection to black society, while creating a wall that separates them from that same community. But this is not about Bill Cosby; it’s about a mindset that undermines the achievements made by the black community while fostering racial hatred and misunderstanding within the white community.
"Black Guilt" dates back to slavery and can be documented in the famous writings of W.E.B Du bois. Du bois in his most widely read work “Souls of Black Folk” delved in and out of his own black guilt, which was cultivated in his northern upbringing. His repeated references to blacks as unattractive and ignorant were contrasted by the manner in which he vaguely addresses the contributions of the white population to the sorrowful conditions experienced by the black population in the south. Frederick Douglas warned in his book “My bondage, My freedom” that historians would look back on the joyous nature of the old black spirituals and claim them as proof that blacks actually enjoyed slavery. When in reality they were coded songs used as a method of communication between slaves. It didn’t take long before Du bois offered just this conclusion in “Souls of Black Folk”. I often wonder if Frederick Douglas ever thought that the historian responsible for redirecting black history would also be a man of color.
"Black Guilt" is built on the premise that a black person who is willing to promote negative black stereotypes will not only put himself above other blacks but find favor in whites. The problem with this approach is that it actually fosters a divide between the races by reinforcing half truths, lies and propaganda about the black population as a whole.
As previously stated "Black Guilt" is a characteristic commonly found in those blacks who follow a doctrine of assimilation. By relinquishing their communal ties they find themselves in a constant battle between their natural instincts and a need for self preservation. Enter into the home of most successful or dedicated assimilated Blacks and you will find libraries filled with writings by or about people like W.E.B Du bois, Frederick Douglas, Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, Assata Shakur, Stokely Carmichael, and Huey P. Newton. While at the same time they openly voice disgust for what whites have tagged a "victim mentality" or "divisive nature" within the black community. These same tags where carried by every one of those historic figures perched proudly on their bookshelf at some point in time. The assimilated black will hold the so called victim mentality or divisive nature close to their vest while publicly denouncing its existence in the black community. They will immortalize these divisive blacks by arguing that they were living in a different time. A time of gross inequity, thus justifying their actions. The problem with this argument is that sufferers of "Black Guilt" during the civil rights era and beyond felt the same disgust and angst towards those historic figures that now fill their bookcases.
Martin Luther King, Jr. was a troublemaker, Malcolm X was a thug, Stokely Carmichael was divisive, and Frederick Douglas was the personified the victim mentality, traveling the world whining about slavery and the sufferings encountered by slaves.
The assimilated are a contradiction to themselves, the black community, and to most in the white community. Yet they are held up as stellar examples because of their undying need to publicly put blacks in their so-called place. An act that is most soothing to the general white population.