In his must-read book Powernomics, Dr. Claud Anderson writes “Can modern black America do what 18 previous generations failed to do or were not allowed to do? It will require Black Americans to make drastic behavior changes.”
He goes on to say that The first key to empowerment is to know your culture. “Culture usually refers to the norms or systems of behavior and shared values that are passed on from one generation to another. It is through culture that members of a group know who and what they are, and how to behave.”
The bad news for the Black Diaspora and Africa is that we are the victims of cultural warfare. Other groups have spent hundreds of years and billions of dollars to destroy or take control of Black culture. From the music we hear and the standards of beauty we admire to the religion we practice and the language we speak, our culture has been destroyed.
Why would other groups invest so much effort in changing Black culture? Because they understand that our culture is a form of group behavior. They understand that if you change the culture of a group, you change the behavior of that group. If we replace our cultures – our group behaviors – with white, Arab, or Asian cultures, then we begin to work in the best interest of these alien groups.
This is the impact that western Christianity, integration, individualism, and miseducation has had on our community. And that has led to behaviors that are killing us from the inside out.
The good news is that if we stop behaviors that reflect alien values, and if we begin to behave in ways that reflect who we truly are, then we can begin to take our culture back.
Here are the 7 bad behaviors the Black community should put an end to.
Turning the Other Cheek
When I was a very young child, my Grandmother took me to church religiously. I learned all of the ‘golden rules’ of Christianity – specifically, that you should turn the other cheek when someone crossed you.
Matthew 5:38-40 New International Version (NIV)
38 “You have heard that it was said, ‘Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth.’[a] 39 But I tell you, do not resist an evil person. If anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to them the other cheek also. 40 And if anyone wants to sue you and take your shirt, hand over your coat as well.
Later, when I started primary school I got my ass beat by the playground bully. Repeatedly.
Every time he made a demand, I remembered what I learned in Church – turn the other cheek. But the more cheeks I turned to him, the more I got my ass beat, my money taken, my jacket taken, and my dignity taken.
One day I got sick of it. I hid a skinny lead pipe from home in my jacket and waited for that a**hole. Sure enough, at recess he made his way in a straight line towards me. I waited until he got within arms reach. My heart was pounding in my ears. I knew I couldn’t take him in a fair fight, so I had to make sure when I started this battle it would be the end of it.
Everything happened in a flash – he raised his arm to grab me. I snatched out my pipe. I took a big step forward with one leg. And I cranked my upper body around and swung like a baseball player cracking a ball.
I was too short to connect with his head, but I got his upper arm. The bully was stunned but not out. I swung like a madman, hitting any and every part of his body that I could. Knees, arms, outstretched fingers. Somewhere in the blur I saw blood. I had swiped his nose.
Bloodlust took over and I went berserk. Screaming, lunging forward, and putting all 90 pounds of my weight behind every blow.
He did everything he could to get away from me. The only thing that saved his life was a teacher that had scooped me up from behind.
My disciplinary hearing was set for three days later. But for the three days before then, I was a king and a legend. No one even thought about crossing me. My reputation for fighting back stayed with me until I graduated from high school.
What is the lesson here?
Passivity breeds exploitation. The more we offer up our behinds to be murdered and exploited, the more those behaviors will continue. What would have happened to me if I had never fought the bully that made my life a living hell? I could have been beaten to death. I could have grown up without the courage to stand up against evil. I would have been an easy mark for anyone who wanted to take whats mine.
Western style christianity has trained the Black community to be passive, long suffering, obedient, and blind to the truth. We have been taught that even when our babies are murdered, even when we should be filled with righteous anger, we should forgive our enemy.
The courts certainly dont forgive criminal behavior. The United States and any other self respecting nation doesn’t forgive criminal behavior. Why do we?
Even those outside of the Pan-African Community are wondering why Blacks don’t stand up for themselves. The following articles are from major news outlets written by non-Black journalists:
What will the future look like for our children if we continue “turning the other cheek” to police brutality, Presidents-For-Life, forgiving white supremacist mass murders, and trying to appease those who wish to destroy us?
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