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The Truth About Being Black in America - Healing with Time

Updated on November 9, 2018
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As a community (without a specific African cultural heritage beyond slavery and having to depend on MOSTLY each other socially for many years) Blacks must purge the idea of Black against White. It is not easy. History is a harrowing emotive storm of accusation, hurt, and blame of what some Whites have done for the sake of personal prosperity at the expense of many Americans of African descent.

In The Truth about Being Black in America, the author discussed the legacy of being Black in America. In this segment, the implication of that legacy receives attention.

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The Black communities must not disregard the shared heritage as the descendants of slaves and second-class citizens with attempts to convert to the majority culture and pretend color does not matter. No. There must come acknowledgment and acceptance that will lead to clarity of purpose to begin the long cultural, and racial healing America needs to endure.

Love is not limited to a Race

White America, the cultural aspect of a White America, is a choice purposely forged with the benefit of continuity of culture from homelands never interrupted by forced cultural purging.

Blacks have no choice but to accept the ambiguity of connections to Africa and the reality of livestock-like breeding in America. Many descendants of American slaves are attributed stereotypical physical characteristics of tall, large muscular men and thick wide-hipped women. At one point in history, this description could depict the humans that slavers used to breed the other slaves. There may be some connection to the assumption that Blacks excel at sports at a higher rate than not.

This would also justify the stereotype that American slaves' descendants are inherently intellectually inferior--a premise that most would not accept in modern psychology. No scientific justification for such a view is forthcoming, but culturally the idea was considered and is slowly diminishing along with the physical stereotypes.

Black culture is uniquely tied to America since that group is alone having been forced to the States and forced to give up culture.

Why can't Blacks Just Get Over it?

This subject, of course, is too complex to receive full attention in a mere section of an article, but here is a beginning. Because of the cultural effects of slavery and persecution for many generations in any given situation, a Black individual must cycle through introspection that few other groups tend to consider. To answers the question before giving out examples: Not Enough Time Has Passed. Not Enough Healing Has Occurred

For instance, a White man may experience a bad day at work and speak rudely to a Black store clerk who may think, "Did that person behave curtly because I am Black?"

Because of the implication of his or her culture handed down from generations of oppressed Black people, those thoughts flash through the minds of many Blacks and are filed away by rationalization, hopefully positively.

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The same mental gymnastics applies to women--especially minority women who must add to the mental reflection the question of their gender.

This introspection applies to anyone who does not identify with the majority culture including homosexuals, obscure religious groups, etc. It is true for Blacks, whose culture is uniquely tied to America since that group is alone having been forced into the States and forced to give up culture.

This all translates subjectively that as a group (not individually), Blacks think that the prisons are full of Black men and women because Blacks have no choice but to fight through the American system even if they have a more level playing field in today’s society.

It means Obama was the president because "THEY"(WHITE PEOPLE) want Blacks to stop using the excuse that Blacks cannot get ahead in society because of racism--the hidden kind, conspiratorial.

There exists a large array of opinions among Blacks. Those who think differently may receive negative attention as one who denies heritage or is denying heritage unawares--hurting themselves by disassociating with the social aspects of most African American culture. The stain of slavery is that it limits modern descendants of slaves--has the potential to restrict them. Freedom of movement, thought, and philosophy are hard-fought for in America among intellectuals who struggle within their economic communities when worry about law officials treating them disparagingly for the "crime" of having too much melanin, and the wrong texture of hair arises.

Whites do not need a race with which to identify; however, Blacks seem to need race collectively and not individually. Of course, there exists those whose cultural experience has allowed them to adjust to mainstream American society, which is a growing number.

Again, not enough time has passed since the Civil Rights Movement. Possibly, in three to five generations Blacks generally will think about race as do most Caucasians--meaning race does not define their heritage.

Yet, it is also intriguing that an ethnic group of Americans exist whose only identity stems from American origins, a uniquely American creation.

All Americans have struggled to some degree for the right to be in America. The United States of America is culturally diverse with groups that successfully etched a place in the American landscape.

Moving Beyond The Past

It is not the purpose of this article to persuade Americans of African heritage to forget the struggles of the American slave. Contrarily, Black Americans must remember and embrace the shared American heritage of struggle.

All Americans have struggled to some degree for the right to be in America. The United States of America is culturally diverse with groups that successfully etched a place in the American landscape.

Whether the struggle began with a fight for equality or a battle for independence, all Americans share the same single trait to persevere until the work is completed and the situation controlled.

American descendants of the African slave are distinguished as captives and slaves in the nation, but share the glory of overcoming with other groups. Granted, the descendants of slaves may have a greater deal to overcome because of the oppressive past; however, such a history does not constitute a handicap.

The determination of the change-makers of the past has diffused in the genetic core of all Americans. As diverse as America is, it is the common heritage that makes it great and not the diversity alone.

© 2018 Rodric Anthony

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      Rodric Anthony 

      8 months ago from Peoria, Arizona

      Duplicate

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      Rodric Anthony 

      8 months ago from Peoria, Arizona

      BradmasterOCcal, your comments are welcomed and never off topic when it comes to your understanding of what is written. If anyone is at fault here, I am. I should have been more clear about the purpose of the article.

      This article is the follow up to the first with the same name that talks about what Black heritage is in the United States. It is not an attack on the US or White people or an attack on Blacks. It just is an observation.

      We sometimes get so caught up in our view of the world that we cannot see what is really in front of us. I think you made some good points. I also know that they way you worded them might be offensive to some people. I, for one, appreciated you taking the time to write.

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      Brad Masters 

      8 months ago from Orange County California BSIT BSL JD

      Rodric

      I don't know how your comment and my comment make any sense. They are not talking about the same thing.

      It sounds like it is my fault for not understanding the point of your article, making a comment that was outside of the scope of your article.

      If I did that, I am sorry, it was not intentional.

      Thanks.

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      Rodric Anthony 

      8 months ago from Peoria, Arizona

      bradmasterOCcal, is it what I wrote that you don't have a clue about or my question about what would you do if you were in the position that most Black Americans find themselves ancestrally? I can clear it up if you let me. I would be happy to.

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      Brad Masters 

      8 months ago from Orange County California BSIT BSL JD

      Rodric

      I am sorry, but I don't have a clue here.

      :)

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      Rodric Anthony 

      8 months ago from Peoria, Arizona

      bradmasterOCcal (I feel like I am disrespecting you by not capitalizing your Hubpages identifier), thanks so much for reading and replying. I am Black, if you cannot tell by my photo. I cannot speak for all Blacks in America, but I can speak for those that think like me.

      I do not use African American when I identify my race. I am Black. I have Nigerian, Ghanaian, Ivy Coastal, and European ancestry. I did the DNA thing. I am an American, plain and true. That is the point of this article. I an uniquely American because my race was created here. They were bred. No other American group can claim that. Blacks in America were bred.

      Remember, the Europeans came here by choice. My ancestors from Africa did not. They were sold of by other tribes to White people and force to abandon their heritage at pain of death, then turned into slaves. Why should Blacks love America? Why?

      I have the answer. If you are not Black, why would you love a nation that bought your ancestors from another place and turned them into slaves? White people would not go for that!

      I love America because I was taught to love her. She is in my heart now and will not be removed. However, I am not blind to what happened to my ancestors and will never forget. Human trafficking is wrong no matter who participated in it.

      Also, classism is what is what is holding on to the White man. Poor White people in the US know discrimination. This group of people is disenfranchised due to their lack of education and influence. The worst thing to be in this country if you want help is a poor White male.

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      Brad Masters 

      8 months ago from Orange County California BSIT BSL JD

      I agree that Blacks must live in the present and create their future.

      One of the things that I think that holds them back is their putting Africa in front of America. Blacks have been here for 400 years, and yet they still feel the need to go to their African heritage. When the slaves stopped coming from Africa the blacks should have moved on as Americans.

      Do blacks have any idea that it was the African tribes that made them slaves and sold them to the slave traders. Apparently not, because I never hear this story, I only hear about the people that bought the slaves.

      While the blacks from the end of the Civil War to now have made tremendous strides the whites have had declines. Especially the white male. The government has given protection, and benefits to other races, to women and even illegal aliens, but none to the white male.

      When say a black person is being discriminated they have laws that allow them redress, but there are no such laws for white men. When a white male is discriminated at work, in public, or any where there is no federal protection.

      Finally, if the blacks would put American first instead of after African that would be a step in the right direction. The European immigrants from the last century no longer put their heritage first. They are today simply Americans. And you don't hear about the Chinese immigrants whose ancestors were coolie labor in the 1800s. They have moved on and do well in the US.

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