We Are Not A Trophy

These days, it seems like everyone wants to have their say on the affairs of black people, perhaps not realizing the harm their uninformed opinions cause.

No other continent in modern history has been treated like a helpless child unable to speak for itself or manage its affairs like Africa has. That includes the diaspora too. The concept of a white savior that will deliver us from our suffering and solve our problems is not only limited to Jesus Christ. Indeed it is not uncommon to come across members of the diaspora who consciously or subconsciously see themselves as second class citizens believing that society can only progress if someone of European ancestry is in charge.

Even if they are in the majority where they live, they desperately need the recognition of white people for validation. Only when something is accepted by them then it has value. We see this in business all the time where brands presumed to originate from other cultures are held to less scrutiny than our own.

The idea of coming together to build economic wealth is impossible to many because their basic survival instincts are trained to depend on anything but themselves. When they do see those of us taking the early steps and making sacrifices to create that wealth, we are often met with doubt, disdain or worse, jealously.

I myself have been told many times in one way or another that we can't do what they do.

It is for these and many other reasons I believe that while what we are seeing in 2020 has its merit. It will most likely do more harm to the black community if things continue the way they are now. The diaspora should avoid discussing our own issues with others like this because it is simply not their problem to solve. It only works to confirm our status as second class citizens, pets even. Making us a helpless charity case that others can come along and "help" and boast of what they did for us.

Of course it's alright to explain things once in a while so those genuinely concerned better understand what we face but we hardly have enough important dialog among ourselves. So why allow others to hijack the conversation then act on our behalf?

Speak to your brothers and sisters and get to understand them better. You will quickly realize we all have different opinions about what we want for our people and there are many topics where we may conflict. Those topics are the ones that if we don't address head on, will be used to undermine any progress made, over and over again.

To none black people, if you really do care, and are called on to help, recognize that you are helping the person who called on you and not "black people". Do not take it as an opportunity to put on a super hero cape and act as a savior of the black cause.  

Do what you must and try to remain quiet and in the background as much as possible.

We are not property; meaning we are not slaves, but also means not trophies representing the good you think you have done. We are not symbols of how progressive your society has become.

We are people, just like you.

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