A Message To My Parent Generation, A Message To My Fellow Leaders Part 2

I was asked to elaborate on a statement made in Part 1 and thought I should share my answer. I’ve been getting a lot of responses and I appreciate all the love shown. If you would like any elaboration of anything I’ve stated please feel free to email me at insideniandaspeaks@gmail.com or comment on the blog. Thank ya’ll.

 

I’m honored and  appreciate you viewing my statements as relevant to your book; the title itself sounds like it will be a great read. I do ask that if you use my statements that you please cite me in it, mainly because I stand behind the words that I speak especially when divinely inspired. 
 

” Enough is enough. I don’t want that for my children and nor should you (our parent generation) want that for us. How can we as Black  youth, the leaders of the generations after you, instill in our children to get a job or stay in school when the present education system (Preschool through college) is not historically or spiritually relevant to us “


I speak of the education system in this way because most of the public institutions in America do not provide the truth of our people before slavery. Even when slavery is taught, it’s usually glazed over as if it needed to take place or it had to happen. When I went through school, slavery almost seemed normal. I had a teacher once tell us in class ( I think it was 5th or 6th grade)  that every civilization had slaves, almost belittling the pain and suffering that our people went through. Had we known that slavery was an institution set up to build America on free labor and  that its designers did everything it could to strip Africans from their cultures and languages of  their homeland, Black children would have a completely different outlook for their own lives. Teaching Black children that Black people originated from slavery subliminally tells that child that you were made to work for someone else and nothing more.  So when we do learn of Egypt or Sumeria and read our text books and Bibles and the people in them don’t look anything like us, we as Black children assume that this can’t be our ancestry. We couldn’t have come from greatness. 


We aren’t taught about Kemet, or the Bakongo people, or Mansa Musa the first billionaire and wealthiest man who ever walked the Earth. It  seems like Black truth is deeply hidden and a lot of things aren’t uncovered for us until we reach college, which the masses of Black children have limited access to.


In my opinion, its necessary for Black people to set up our own institutions because integration, even with the exceptions of Black students who do excel in the present education system, has destroyed our youth. The LGBT community has succeeded in taking prayer out of the schools, which cuts off our deep roots of spirituality and relegates it to home and church; which is another major dilemma that needs to be addressed. In the Civil Rights struggle to integrate everything Black businesses closed, our education suffered, our unity was lost, because we fought to be  equal to a European standard that God did not intend for us. If the Black masses ask themselves simple questions like, “Why do we straiten our hair? Is kinky or “nappy” hair not beautiful?” “Why is classical music considered the pinnacle of musical genres? Do we not automatically dance to the beat of a drum?” “Why is it that we conform to white society, even when they come to all Black functions or events?” Ask yourself; you’ll start to unravel the inferiority complex that exists in our people and young people which has them killing one another for no reason, chasing an American dollar that means nothing.


The school system does not equip Black youth to be anything other than laborers and entertainers. I’ve studied the critical pedagogic method, which teaches how to think critically, form your own opinions and act on them. This method is used in affluent white communities but not in our public education system. Why? We are separated from early on who will be managers and leaders of the corporate world, who will be the overseers, and who will be the worker bees; the slaves. 
 
I wrote an article about my feelings on the education system and that may elaborate my thoughts as well.
I pray this helps. Peace & Blessings
 
Nianda

Message to My Parent Generation, A Message To My Fellow Leaders

The NAACP and other Black organizations around the nation should be commended for what they have done for Black communities in past generations. We should also note that in their hard fought struggle for advancements in education, political influence, and credibility of the Black race, these organizations and the generations that followed have lost connection with our present day youth, leaving behind an enormous leadership vacuum that is destroying the unity in Black communities. Many of our present day youth are ill-equipped  to take the reigns and sustain themselves and thier families. Many of us (meaning my generation of Black youth) have just an overview of our true history, and very few of us have an emotional connection to our history that can overshadow the firm relation we established to money; because that’s what we watched our parents do if we even had them to begin with. Work. Pay bills. Die with very little for a legacy other than a mortgage and a funeral bill left for the children (us) to pay.

Enough is enough. I don’t want that for my children and nor should you (our parent generation) want that for us. How can we as Black  youth, the leaders of the generations after you, instill in our children to get a job or stay in school when the present education system (Preschool through college) is not historically or spiritually relevant to us nor does it practically prepare us for a job past minimum wage earnings? How can I tell my children to follow thier dreams while they watch me suffer under the hand of a “boss”  at work and come how too tired to even engage them? I read a statistic that the average father speaks to his children roughly 2-7 minutes a day…. 2 to 7 minutes a day! And you (generations past) want me to keep my kids in a school system where the average Black child disengages after the 3rd grade? How does this make sense to you when there are a scarcity of jobs? When we have little training or can’t offered to be properly trained?

Our present day school system is failing us so, as our elders, guide us in creating a better one. In a scarcity of sustainable work, guide us in how to create for our selves so that this next generation of men can sufficiently support a family.

You think we aren’t listening, but we look to our past generations to provide us opportunities so that we can dream of a life past being a rapper, or an athlete, or a drug dealer, or a trades man. We look to you to provide us the wisdom so that we don’t have to seek things that will never fulfill us. We look to you to teach us our true history. You and I both know that Columbus did not discover America and yet you allow the schools we attend to pump this poison into us while you are busy “slaving” for someone else? Do you not think we see? Do you think we don’t know?

I understand. My parent generations have paid and still pay a heavy price; you’ve carried such a heavy burden so that I, a Kongo man, can have the audacity to speak the words you are reading. I completely respect the fact that on your backs are the lashes of injustice, extreme racism, hatred, and drudgery and as your child I want nothing more than the opportunity to release the chains that have bound you for far too long. It makes me weep to watch my mother, a strong and humble Kongo woman, still have to work and labor for the very people that lived during the extreme destruction of our Black resolve. It sickens me. So although this message is passionate, do not mistake the passion as an indictment for the failures of Black communities across the nation. You are not the root of the issue; instead you are the branches that shall be used to bear good fruit and point us (Black youth) in the right direction. If not you then who? Surely not the Federal government or even the local officials you desperately cling to for a change. The office of the American Presidency isn’t designed for anything other than governing “white/ corporate affairs.” The needs of Black people are considered a liability; nothing more, nothing less. President Obama (bless his heart) gave you, our parent generation, hope for a change, but his selection was only a token to keep you silent long enough to drive a deeper wedge between our communities. While you riding the high of his selection, Black youth were still looking at the current state of our people wondering “What has really changed other than the color of the man in the seat?”

Black youth unite! We need to establish our own education system with our own teachers and scholars that are able to speak to us truth and promote justice. We need teachers that can provoke us to think critically for ourselves and to act on our own good moral character.

Black youth unite! We need to create our own careers, not “jobs”, and learn ways to base them on a standard that we create ourselves, not the European standard of money, greed, and the vindication of immorality. A standard that focuses on building unity and investing our trust in Black man or woman. We can learn ways to recirculate our dollars within our own Black communities. We can create thrift stores, and restaurants, and our own grocery stores. We don’t have to support liquor stores or big corporations because they don’t have a heart for our people, mainly because our people aren’t behind the counters or behind the desk. Can’t you feel that?

We are a people that have an eternal, unwavering connection to God through our spirit. You know the feeling you feel when you support your own. When you are surrounded by your own. You feel strong. You feel proud to be Black, whether you are an African or an African born in America or around the world, there is strength and depth and power in the term BLACK.

Search for that feeling. BLACK.

Hold on to it. BLACK.

We can make it. BLACK.

Whether my parent generation sees this or not, this will come to pass because it is divinely inspired.

And it is so.

One mind. One purpose. One goal.

 

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Judgemental

If I seem judgemental you’re missing the point of Thought Provoking Thinking. When a person allows emotions to overtake intellect instead of balancing the two that person will get offended by information presented if its alternative to what the person believes to be true.

Gaining converts isnt my goal; Im not a religion. I’m not here to condemn anyone or tell you your perception is wrong unless it is factually wrong. I will never back down from the anything I’ve stated on this blog, in a poetry piece, or interview. I can only give my own limited perception of reality; what truth is through my eyes. You are entitled to.disagree. You are also entitled to your emotions. As long as we can have productive conversation about our differences and focus our attention to the qualities that unite us  the differences we share won’t consistently divide us; as a people or human race.

The purpose of Thought Provoking Thinking is to give you a perception of the world you don’t already have. Telling you what youalready know or how you already feel doesn’t provoke anything, that just strokes your ego. My purpose is to introduce to you a new reality and allow you to make the choice for yourself whether to accept it as your own or not. I call it “planting seeds.”

You can be rock towards what I speak and the seed will fall on your surface and blow away with the wind. Or you can be soil and accept the planted seed. Who you are depends on the subject and your personal background. Whether or not the seed grows depends on the effectiveness of the information given and how it is watered after its planted. Regardless of who you are, rock or soil, the information/seed will remain planted in this site. If you disagree, comment; Im happy to clarify. If you’re looking for a debate that’s different and I probably won’t respond. If we are sharing our positions on a subject then let’s enlighten eachother. I have so much to learn about the world around me, and in doing so I may be able to affect changes in the quality of life of the people who hear my voice.

I am one man, with one vision, and one purpose and many beliefs on many different subjects. When we share our beliefs and voice our concerns and opinions, we can find common ground, even in our vast differences, and push for something greater than any one man with a controversial blog can. Let’s change the world together through the freedom of of our perspectives. And most of all, let’s learn to love one another no matter what our beliefs are grounded in. Beliefs can change overtime, but the concept of love should be consistent no matter what you believe.

Thank ya’ll for listening.

The Torch

Many focus on
The beauty or imperfections
Of a vase and disregard
What it’s filled with.
At times there are stubborn pebbles,
And others, inconsistent water.
Consider the vase filled
With anointing oil;
When ignited by passion,
It becomes a torch
For those around it to be guided.
You’ll know the torch
When you see its light.
Follow it.
Divine purpose. Walk in it. Stop talking.

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