WHWD: Not Interested in Saving the Black Community
I always judge every issuse by WHWD. What He, Hip Hop, Hood, and History would do...Let me take you through my process.
He: Nannie Helen Burroughs wrote a pamphlet in the early 1900's called 12 Things the Negro Must Do for Himself. Rule #2
The Negro Must Stop Expecting God and White Folk to Do for Him What He Can Do for Himself:
It is the “Divine Plan” that the strong shall help the weak, but even God does not do for man what he can do for himself….
Hip Hop: When I think of 'saving the black community", I picture Barack Obama saying "Am I my brother's keeper?" Then I picture New Jack City when Gee Money asked Nino Brown, "Am I my brother's keeper?" And Nino answered "Yes, I am." Then Nino Brown killed Gee Money.
Hood: Growing up, our elders warned us about crabs in the barrel. When I got in the street, we called them crab @$$. Point being, the more time you spend trying to save those who don't want to be saved, the more likely you are to end up at the bottom of the barrel.
History: Frederick Douglass gave a speech in Boston MA, "What the Black Man Wants":
In regard to the colored people, there is always more that is benevolent, I perceive, than just, manifested towards us. What I ask for the negro is not benevolence, not pity, not sympathy, but simply justice. The American people have always been anxious to know what they shall do with us... I have had but one answer from the beginning. Do nothing with us! Your doing with us has already played the mischief with us. Do nothing with us! If the apples will not remain on the tree of their own strength, if they are worm-eaten at the core, if they are early ripe and disposed to fall, let them fall! ... And if the negro cannot stand on his own legs, let him fall also. All I ask is, give him a chance to stand on his own legs! Let him alone! If you see him on his way to school, let him alone, don't disturb him! If you see him going to the dinner table at a hotel, let him go! If you see him going to the ballot box, let him alone, don't disturb him! If you see him going into a work-shop, just let him alone, -- your interference is doing him positive injury.
With all that being said, I don't want to save the Black community. I will be a guard at the gate for any person that wants to save themselves but to make a promise I know I can't keep would make me no different from the Democrats.
If Black America doesn't want to move past the Civil Rights era and into economic development, all my hopes and dreams won't change that. Some blacks are perfectly fit to be Democrats.
So, I'll exit with a little Booker T Washington to top it off:
Few things can help an individual more than to place responsibility on him, and to let him know that you trust him.