Black Americans Cannot Just Blame White Americans
By: FreedomJournal Press
With the disregard for Black consciousness rendered by Hip Hop and the youth culture that has come into existence many Black Americans have become very confused. One of the most tragic things that can happen to any human being is not to understand their ethnic origins.
Ingrained in the confusion about race has historically been the name for Black people. Meanwhile the culture of Black Americans has continued to evolve. Thus, culture and race have therefore been greatly impacted by the environment.
But just how much does one's environment have to do with defining culture? Although you were born in College Hill Courts, Chattanooga, Tennessee can you adopt another culture? Well can Black Americans that have African ancestors become African although they reside and were born in America?
Therefore, one's environment logically helps define culture. So, it seems to be obvious that one can move in-between the various cultures of North America that represent Black Americans, Native Americans and White Americans.
Thus, there seems to be very little logic involved in trying to import a foreign culture and place it within the Black community. Name, language and clothing style are not the only defining components of culture.
It is for certain that one's parents and blood-line have a great deal to do with culture. Thus logically, biologically, genetically etc. one's parents have a great deal to do with your culture overtime.
Therefore, it is virtually impossible to assign culture among a group of people by way of attending a Swahili class, changing your name or learning a foreign African language. It is for certain Black Americans cannot change into an African just because it is allegedly politically correct.
So, if you are born in the USA with enslaved ancestors that have inter-mixed with European and Native American people you cannot by the stroke of a pen change your culture to African.
Thus, it is obvious that the various factors of culture rendered by the environment that relates to race ethnicity and blood-line determines culture.
But this raises the question of why? Yes, why would someone want to declare that he is a part of another or group of people? Therefore, we argue that those people Black like me who believe they are African and American are unaware of their distinct and unique Black American personality.
Meanwhile the historical circumstances of the African evolvement into the Black American was not the fault of anyone today. Racism or the European involvement in slavery does not remove Black people from the acceptance of their true culture.
Carl A. Patton