The content of the write-up is not meant to stigmatize any group of persons or race but to bring to light a bit of the shadow we’ve been running from. You have probably read messages and heard talks on this subject matter, but as said locally, so many fish in a bowl of soup doesn’t make it bad. So many things are going on in our lives as blacks which are subconsciously mutating our minds for the worst. We live in a society where we believe in peace and unity but constantly have discriminatory relations with the minority in society, the people of color and less privileged in the society. Well, the word “racist” has become a common word in the land today and is gradually becoming a way of demeaning one’s status(those who racially discriminate).
A basic concept in physics that doubles as an African adage say, “when you throw a ball to the wall, it surely bounces back to you” this tries to make a point that, the hate we give is packaged and retaliated onto us. The minority in the society and the black community show the world how much discord we have amongst ourselves thereby making the outside community capitalize on that to feed us with hate and depravity. You will see blacks mocking blacks on the Internet for no apparent funny reason, depriving our fellow blacks of great opportunities in the corporate world just because we don’t trust the African minds enough, etc. These acts subconsciously feed the mind of our upcoming generations with self-worthlessness, the pursuit to change their nature to fit the apparent standards of society and so on. What we should be doing is to be constantly resounding the achievement of our great black heroes in the ears of the upcoming, at least this will decrease the margin of self-hate and inferiority on our community. Don t get it twisted, there are so many blacks who have broken the barriers we limit ourselves to.
There is another Ghanaian adage that translates as, “if you will be stung by an insect, it is definitely from the clothes you are wearing”. This helps me to make a point that, if we will be static, lagging or marching forward, it’s up to how much we carry on ourselves, is it one that will make us keep looking back, or one which will spring us into altitudes? Learning from others to be like them is one of the best ways to improve on yourself, but don’t get it twisted. I think, trying to be like everyone who has made it will greatly veer us from our destination. What’s the gain when we all yield the same results or bear the same fruits. We should be diverse in thoughts, deed, and processes and even in our achievements in order to be valued for what we have even if the results appear to be the same. Let us stay true to who we are and be proud of who we are becoming.
This is not meant to insight any race negatively. If we(black white, brown and any other racial color) place genuine value on ourselves, that would bring enough respect, reduce over-dependence and enforce communion amongst us