Identity 101

Posted: September 12, 2011 in Urban Issues Whites Would Appreciate

Having a biracial President has been a proud moment for a lot of us, especially African Americans. President Obama’s family instilled in him who he was and his mother exposed him to both sides of his culture, European and African. President Obama is a rarity among people of color; he understands and embraces his history. What he gained is priceless, as we see it took him to the White House. African Americans are the only ethnic race with no history, we as a people have absolutely no knowledge of where we came from and unfortunately for a lot of us we have no idea where we are going. The Bible says “My people perish for lack of Knowledge”; Hosea 4:6. I believe this scripture applies directly to people of color. We all know we came from Africa as slaves and that’s all. I enjoy attending cultural events, I love to see the Caribbean, Spanish, Italian, French etc. These people, so proud of their heritage, they wave their countries flag with such pride. They own a valuable piece of the puzzle that’s needed to live in this society, and its knowledge of their identity. My suggestion, the Federal Government can keep its reparation but pay for African Americans to get genetic testing and through this people such as myself and the other 40 million or so blacks in the US will be able to find out what part of Africa we came from, what tribes we belong to. This to me is more priceless than reparations, just ask President Obama. We have a new generation of young men and woman who lack knowledge of who they are thus making it difficult for them to move forward in life with confidence. As history has shown your past are blueprints for your future. I want to see our young people walk with a swagger of entitlement. With no identity the only swagger we will walk is the one on the corner near the liquor store. I would like to point to a place on a map and show my children, “This is your original homeland, and this is what your countries flag looks like”. Identity is powerful, and if acquired by African Americans, I believe we could have a chance to become a united race, something that has eluded blacks since slavery. We can be the modern day Jews the Bible speaks of. Don’t get me wrong reparations would be great, but giving over 40 million African Americans their identities back would be powerful. I’m just asking for congress to propose a bill called Identity 101, simply giving back what’s due to our people, our Identity.

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