The Following is a candid and open discussion I had with a wonderful friend of mines who just so happened to be a White Male. It’s short and sweet & I thought it was worth sharing.
CHUCK: Soooo i understand what the Ferguson situation has done in the media and fb, but i cannot wrap my head around is chicago. Chicago has been a war zone of black on black violence. I know that its a different conversation, but Im hoping we all take a moment to acknowledge the senseless death of hundreds. I find myself in those young men. Trying to be seen, be heard, acknowledged. We are the same. I dont know how to bring my voice to the table on this. Fear of misunderstanding for not sharing the same pigment/melanin count. But it isnt right whats going on up there. They are killing each other. Talk about the deepest level of sabotage! Just reaching out…. Love your wisdom.
KIM: Thank You!…Your sweet sensitive soul yearns for truth and peace and love….we share that same desire…because we choose to be open to that part of our humanness. We are all spirit first….and this is a spiritual revolution.
Chicago, has also been a brewery of industrialized and systematic racism on the darker, poorest and less educated people in their Eco structure. It’s fact. It started when the migration from the South took place…it was a spin off of the South’s Jim Crow. Chicago Leaders at the time, needed the cheap labor, but didn’t want to live amongst the niggers, so they created pockets of ghettos…many social experiments were tested on them…
My only point from the different angles I see it from…is there is no quick fix…we try to band aid everything…it’s bigger and deeper than the media and society…and it’s not a societal issue…it’s a cultural/spiritual one…as a black race we have strived so hard to assimilate into the larger culture that we have totally forgotten our own heritage that makes us whole, we on some level still have a plantation mentality that underlines OUR LIVES ARE NOT VALUABLE. WE ARE 3/4th of a man… not only do Blacks suffer from Plantation Mentality, White America does to. We all suffer in some way or another…
I feel and hear the sincere concerns & fear that Modern Day Progressive White America has…it’s hard to make sense out of it all…from the outside looking in…it’s such a fragile issue…how do we even begin to address it…it’s not your fault or battle…but your support and love is greatly needed….one thing I want to share with you is this…We were taught and encouraged to HATE & KILL OURSELVES.. We Hate our heritage, our skin, our hair, our bodies, etc….we kill our babies & each other for many many many years and across many waters…indirectly and directly, We were taught this and we believed it. (During slavery the Slaveowners literally use to pit the men together like dogs to fight to kill, it was a good side hustle for them, but still plays out in today’s interaction among black male)
I also know this first hand from growing up as a little black girl in the 70’s…I remember the subliminal undertones & messages I received, that without proper awareness of self, you can not fight it.
It’s psychological, spiritual and generational, we are a broken and dysfunctional race, we are melancholy and emotional and disorganized and disturbed/ we have so much healing to do…no one is responsible for our healing but our selves…
Every Other race seemed to have learned how to balance integration with maintaining their culture awareness or pride. I see the Koreans and Mexicans do it and other people of color that has shared similar plights to the Black community.
CHUCK: I have recently been exposed to the idea of english being a slave language. That english thoughts keep us in mental slavery. Thoughts on that?
It is a spiritual problem. It makes no natural sense. Im trying to figure out who i can be, rather than what i can “do” to foster and create space for all humans to flourish.
KIM: Yes I can see that having some validity…Christianity and it’s English or early American interpretation as well can be said to have been used as a tool, too. Once we just take a step back and look…we can see so many parallels and strings of ideologies of that mentality, it’s within all of our systems…from the schools to the justice system, just within the similarity in the program designs, you see it, it’s quite amazing…these systems need to change dramatically (radically) … We are living and operating from an old broken system…that only worked when a group of Egotistical Uptight Middle Age White Male Dominated…it was a FUBU system and every one else was second, women, children, other races. As our Human Ecology evolves globally…and demands better of us…we are being called to write the wrongs and bridge this divide and tell the truth. we are all one, truly and we are all in this together wether we like it or not..there is room here for us all and once we all understand that…that’s when we ALL will truly begin to Thrive!