Originally posted by AeonsAmerican black culture has become something very different than its African roots.
Africans from different groups have little in common with their America cousins.
Indeed, that is my point - a distinct white or more appropriately, American culture exists as sure a separate but equally distinct black culture
Surely there will be people of both groups who cross over and areas in between where the two mix into something different.
Having served in the military for over 24 years and having lived in large metropolitan areas from the D.C & Baltimore are to the deep South
Fayetteville, NC and Tampa Florida the black culture may be a little different from one area to the next especially along urban and rural lines.
However, they share common traits and mannerisms that are identifiable as cultural.
I do not accept that rampant institutional racism exists today; sure some individuals can be but there is no concerted effort to keep the black man
down like in the past; they even get preferential treatment in lots of institutions and areas with affirmative action, quotas, services and programs
available only to minorities yet they are not rising out of poverty they are descending further into it and worse they are bringing everyone else
along for the ride it seems.
With the trend of reeducation going on especially in urban schools whites are adopting black cultural norms - current rates of white unplanned or out
of wedlock birth rates are now what black rates were 20 years ago and while the black rates have only climbed. Same with crime, welfare, and
incarceration rates etc.
This is a personal observation but among the younger generation of Soldier's I have noticed that anyone who drifts toward traditional white cultural
norms; traditional marriage, personal responsibility, is considered to be uncool, hip or even dare we say old fashioned or even rednecks or worse
I saw the same trend in the urban schools and areas white kids are abandoning things "white" or conservative or old fashioned American call them
what you will...it is way more than ebonics and dress customs or music choice as stake.
If we as a society continue toward adopting this type culture we doomed; it is not a successful model. Making loads of babies one cannot support (and
not getting married), failing to keep a regular job, drawing welfare, embracing fame and even notoriety over financial stability, home ownership and
personal accountability are not things one should embrace. This irresponsibility is becoming more and more acceptable cross culturally.
YMMV on this of course and you are free to disagree I can only comment on my own observations; however, they happen to coincide with Bill Cosby, Erik
Rush, Alan Keyes and other influential black members of society - the difference is they can state their observation without reservation or hesitation
or fear of being branded a racist.
I lack that luxury.