As a fellow Afrikan-American, I have a question to ask my brothers and sisters: “Why do we continue to live in the past?”
Has anyone else but me noticed that the American nation has moved on and beyond the past? Past ills such as blatant racism, sexism and bigotry do not exist in the American nation as it did in the past. Sure, we still have our problems. Like any nation or community, America will always have its issues. But, why do we continue to blame our nation for the same racism or sexism that existed in the past? We no longer live in the 1950s and 1960s.
Likewise, why do many Afrikan-American organizations such as the NAACP, SCLC, and the Urban League continue to exist? Have not these organizations served their much-needed purposes to help end racism, sexism and bigotry in American?
And, as such, aren’t these organizations nowadays outdated? Why do my brothers and sisters continue to rely on the outdated strategies and messages of these organizations? Segregation and Jim Crow no longer exist. And the truth is, we do not need these organizations any longer. In my opinion, their legacies should be housed in museums and celebrated as relics to remind us of our unfortunate past.
What about Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs)? Haven’t these schools, such as August’s Paine College or Morehouse College in Atlanta, served their purpose? Remember, HBCUs were founded for the purpose of serving populations of ex-slaves who were not permitted to enroll into predominately white institutions of higher learning.
Well, it does not take a rocket scientist to see that American institutions of higher learning do not discriminate any longer on the basis of race, sex, religion, etcetera. One of the successes of the Civil Rights movement was the integration of predominately white institutions of higher learning. Then why do HBCUs continue to exist?
What about the so-called “black church?” For fear of really making enemies in my community, I will forgo an answer to this question.
It seems to this writer that black America should revisit our current organizations and institutions. Exactly what purpose are they serving today? While organizations such as the NAACP, for example, are making a lot of unnecessary noise about Confederate relics, we would serve the American nation best by taking a serious and close look in our own backyards.
Stop always hurrying to erect strategies and messages from the past that were used by the NAACP. Our problems today are not the same as they were in the 1950s and 60s. And stop segregation of our educational goals by continuing to support unneeded HBCUs. As for the black church, God is not divided.
Why are Afrikan Americans still living in the past?
The writer is CEO of Hutcherson Philosophic Enterprise.