My response to Empress should address the first two paragraphs of your post so I would address the last one.
“We should really not be that overly concerned with white folx. I love those who love I. Respect due unto those of good will and sincere intentions. The rest will be dealt with by forces greater than us. The greater concern would be are OUR OWN DIFFERENCES IRREPERABLE, and what can we do to mend that which has been severly damaged?”
Speaking SOLELY for myself, I am not ‘overly concerned’ about any race of people. I am about being true to MYSELF and by extension ‘OURSELVES’ with the definition I gave for MYSELF/OURSELVES on the ‘Reparations must be paid’ thread.
If you are speaking about real development then people simply cannot expect the rest to be dealt with by forces greater than their perception of themselves but they should realize more and allow these forces to do that work through them.
Once people believe the rest is up to an undefined outside force then they are no different to ordinary Christians who believe there are things humans could never understand that should be left to an undefined external force. Many people use that ‘greater force’ bit to remain ignorant.
If by ‘OUR OWN DIFFERENCES’ you mean Africans/Blacks of the Diaspora, then my answer is the same as the one I gave on the reparation thread in relation to education and mass media access.
OUR OWN could mean all Africans with similar experiences, but I beg to add that MY definition of ‘OUR OWN’ also extends to different races to include all who seek my help in their effort to understand these issues. Correcting the misrepresentations of our past and assisting people whom the system mistreated or denied is part of the work. This work involves addressing racial and gender discrimination. These issues are not only relevant to the development of Africans but all people so I CHOOSE to articulate them in a way that reflects MY ‘multiple and compatible’ realities of ‘OUR OWN’.
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