When Good is Bad and Left is Right:
Do You Have a Black Mind?
Have you forgotten that once we were brought here,
We were robbed our our name,
Robbed of our Language,
We Lost our Religion,
And many of us by the way we act,
We even lost our mind!!!!!!!
— Louis Farrakhan —
The accusation is possibly the most ridiculous charge African-Americans have ever hurled at each other. It not only fits perfectly into the vaunted “Willie Lynch” letter but also carries the same venom that drips from historic intra-racial divides regarding skin color (light-skinned vs. dark-skinned) and hair texture/length (good hair vs. bad hair). Unfortunately, the alluded to accusation is a criticism that rages like wildfire among African-Americans regardless of age.
The accusation is that academically achieving African-Americans are somehow ‘acting white’. It would be simple to dismiss this matter by exposing its blatant stupidity. However, such is not the most powerful means of addressing this divisive charge. This piece takes a different approach; one that puts the legion of asinine people who allow their children to buy into such foolishness under examination. Although one would think that those who charge academically achieving and cultured African-Americans with ‘acting white’ would have a monopoly upon being ‘Black’, the truth is that they have a mastery upon nothing other than niggardly behavior and ridiculous thought. What they are implying with the assertion of ‘acting white’ is that only whites read, develop their mind, or are concerned with anything beyond material items: Air Jordan Sneakers, Gucci Clothes, Burberry, Prada, Michael Kors Bags, Booty Implants, DSL, Play Station 4, etc. To the shock of those who intertwine their self-worth with meaningless items that keep adding up to nothing, it is they, and the children they sire, who “feel some kind of way” when we neither admire nor notice their overpriced gaudy attire.
My feelings regarding such individuals is summed up by X-Clan’s Grand Verbalizer Funkin Lesson Brother J when he admonished many of our people for “Always trying to obtain with no attempt to achieve.”
I believe that it is long overdue for sane African-Americans to issue the following query to Negroes who criticize those within our community for academic achievement and professional success; Do you have a Black mind?
Although the question of having a ‘Black mind’ may be unsettling, in actuality it needs to be addressed. One result of Negroes actions, language, beliefs, and questionable moral code, is that ‘Blackness’ has become a synonym for ignorance, criminality, displays of outlandish behavior, immorality, and betrayal. Unbeknownst to those who have accepted this lie, their behavior is the antithesis of how our ancestors have thought, acted, and lived for centuries.
So, “what does it mean to have a ‘Black mind’”. Although it seems nearly impossible to pin such a concept down, the reality is that a definition is not elusive. Those persons who have a ‘Black Mind’ tend to agree upon several things:
- African-Americans are not cursed to live lesser lives by God.
- African-American children are capable of learning as well as other races of children.
- African-Americans have historically been a morally grounded people who worked for the collective good of the entire Race.
- African-Americans do not air their dirty laundry for the world to see verbally, in dress, or by actions.
- African-Americans are willing to help one another if they display that they are prepared to receive the help.
- African-Americans acknowledge one another by saying “Hello” or a head nod; there has never been a moment in time where we have failed to acknowledge one another.
- African-Americans guiding principle is excellence in business, academics, and athletically; anything other than that is not acceptable.
- African-Americans recognize that the pursuit of money is the root of all evil and we must never allow others to instruct us to act a fool in exchange for a few tokens and trinkets.
- Black is beautiful.
I must state that this blog entry was not constructed to constrain thoughts, actions, and/or behaviors, rather to highlight the error of your ways to those of you who erroneously believe that foul language, public indecency, poverty (mentally, socially, politically, and intellectually), are signs of ‘Blackness’. The pervasive belief that the foolishness on reality shows and media outlets from Love & Hip-Hop Atlanta through World Star Hip-Hop are in any way, shape, form or fashion a representation of African-American life is quite possibly the single-greatest sign that we are not dealing with an individual with a ‘Black mind’, rather one that is, according to Malcolm X, “Out of his entire mind”.