As long as I have been alive, for over 22 years, I’ve seen black people portrayed as unimportant people. We have always been compared to our white counterparts, and have been neglected in every aspect of our everyday lives. There is always a negative connotation put on black people compared to white people that has hindered our people from unifying as a whole. Black people have been described and labeled as “ungrateful”, “lazy”, “angry”, “thugs”, and even “ghetto”. These words are spoken so much, especially in media, that many of our people believe that they are these descriptions. These people have been able to control our people by using these strategies of intimidation and brainwashing.
Since as early as the colonization of Africa, black people have been told to believe that they are worthless beings. They have been called animals, dirt, and monopolized as property. Our ancestors were kidnapped, shipped off and sold to new worlds. They’ve been taught to assimilate into whatever culture they were oppressed by, which became the ‘majority race’. It’s crazy how a race can be belittled and mistreated, but still appraised for other things, such as their creative culture. The U.S. is famous for supporting ‘black culture’, stealing the way we dress, speak, and articulate our entertainment worlds, but aren’t acknowledge for all the great things our people has given to this country. Is this the reason why so many black people are so prone to follow ‘white’ culture, rules, and education, instead of breaking barriers and unifying with one another to start their own enterprises?
In America, the Hip-Hop culture is very popular. White actors, singers, athletes, entertainers, and everyday samaritans, such as Miley Cyrus, Justin Bieber, and Iggy Azalea are known for stealing our fashion sense, our music style, and even our slang. I understand the idea of admiration and appreciation, but certain things are obviously disappropriated. Most of the time black people aren’t recognized for all the good things they do,but are constantly reminded of and exaggerated about the bad things they have done. We can be appreciated for our culture if it benefits the majority race, but we are hated for being ourselves on a constant basis.
Disappropriation of black people and their culture isn’t a recent fad. It has been occurring for decades. In the 1950s and 1960s, musicians and artists, such as The Beach Boys, Elvis Presley, and Zeb Turner, all stole songs from underrated/unsung black artists. A lot of famous songs, genres, dances, and trends during the segregation era were stolen from talented black people. Black people are the most talented, creative, hard-working, intelligent, and misrepresented group of people since the formation of the United States.
I would love for our people to break limitations. So many of us are so divided, and are still mentally enslaved by our oppressors. Yes some things have changed for the betterment of black people, but we have so much more work to do! No more ‘light skin vs dark skin’. No more ‘uppity blacks vs. poor blacks’. None of that matters. How can we clean up the nation from racial injustice when our own homes are filled with filthy ‘self-hatred’? We must work on ourselves as individuals, so we can unite not just when our people are killed by the opposite race. We must love our people. We aren’t just black people. We are human beings, first and fore must. Once we reconstruct our dark skin community, we must not forget to love our fair skin brothers and sisters. Black people are strong people. For centuries we have been abused, mistreated, lied to, stolen, and hated on. Today is a new day! We must not let our past misfortunes constitute our tomorrow plans. It’s time to lead and have others follow us without having other groups of people steal what we build. No more stealing our identities. We want them back. Let’s Break Expectations!