posted on May, 3 2010 @ 11:52 PM
reply to post by Logarock
There is no doubt that black people have had to face remarkable adversity in the United States. However, I've had the great pleasure to have a good
friend from Chad who does not understand this need for pride based upon skin color. He recognizes that he is black and I am white, but our mutual
friendship is based upon accomplishment. He is not the only black friend I have, just the only one whose experience is not that of the
I love James Brown, and I love his "I'm Black and I'm Proud" song, and I understand it's intent, which I see less as a declaration of pride based
upon color as much as it is defiance to those many white people who attempted to minimize his greatness. The great irony of James Brown and his
music, is how many white people have embraced that soul. Indeed, it was not James Brown alone, there was his remarkable bass player; Bootsy Collin's
who upon Brown's urging invented "The One" a bass style all his own. Was it the color of their skin that accomplished this? Some would argue so
and take it is far as to argue that "white people can't dance" and that "white men can't jump", but both are demonstrably false.
I do not mean to diminish the clear inroads that have been made by American Black people in overcoming unfair perceptions about them, nor do I wish to
pretend that these inroads have come anywhere near finally breaking down the barriers of skin color and simply bringing our nation towards one that
reveres accomplishments of the individual and cares not what color of skin they wear. Even so, as long as people insist on claiming pride merely for
the skin they possess, the divisions will remain. We should never forget our past, but our future relies upon what we do now.
I preach a sermon of pride, and in that sermon I assert that pride can not be gained without true accomplishment and upon accomplishment, pride is
neither a sin nor is it a virtue, but merely the sensation of accomplishment. Black People have much to be proud of as a race in this country. The
first indigenous music of the United States is the blues, and this was a great gift given all Americans by Black people. The adversity they have had
to deal with and their genuine accomplishment of overcoming this adversity makes it understandable why "Black pride" is still important. I, like a
great preacher before me, have a dream, and that dream is that one day we will let go of superficial realities such as skin color, and come to learn
that as individuals we possess great power and those who use that power for the greater good of all humanity are heroes, not because of their skin
color, but because of what they did.