White People essay example
Just as we have the potential to be an amazing species, we also have the potential to be an amazingly cruel and despicable species. The author notes that we are the only life form who can engage in collective and individual self-murder with no acceptable motive. Dr. Akbar goes on to explain that human beings have always worked to create circumstances to maximize their consciousness. People knew that by working the other way and minimizing other human beings' consciousness, this would be the basis for oppression. The article notes that human slavery is a gradual process in which the mind of a people is brought under control and the people become imprisoned by the loss of the consciousness of themselves. Next, Dr. Na " im Akbar answers the question, "How did the slave-makers accomplish this deadly feat?" He does this by giving us details about how African tried to keep their stories and gave information about how they tried to continue rituals.
The Africans wanted to continue their ways of life even after they were brought to a strange land where they knew nothing about the customs or traditions. Nevertheless, those same people who tried to bring their people hope were brutally killed or mutilated so the stories could not be told. The challenge for those who would chose to b healers of Black life is said to be the removal of the psychological chains that hold our people down and keep us for achieving our amazing feats. As individuals, we have a few great accomplishments. However, as a people, we can only progress but so much until these chains is removed. The article communicates that it has always bee and will always be up to us to free ourselves from these chains.
We cannot depend on white people to help us. Yes, they did help us free our selves physically. However, Dr. Akbar stressed throughout the entire article how important it is for Black people to understand that our mental liberation is up to us. Not every white person is going to want to help us through it and the article lets us know that the elimination of racism is not necessary to liberate the African mind.
In order for us to liberate the African mind, we must maximize our own consciousness. To do this we must know more about our great ideas, and victories. We also need to know our defeats and know how we overcame them and how we moved forward. We need to know about our history, and not just what the white system wants us to know about history, but the truth. What did we contribute? What did we really invent?
We need to know this information to know that we do have a place in society and to know that we can do more with our lives. Dr. Akbar states that it is important that all people know that all of the resources on earth are available to everyone. No one people have a Divine right to Earth's resources over any other people. Celebration is a part of freeing one's mind. To be happy in comfortable with your accomplishments is a part of healing.
White people have no problem celebrating who they are and what they have done. So, why should we. White children have so many figures to celebrate, both real and imaginary and because Black children do not have any widely accepted Black figures to celebrate, we are forced to celebrate a white Santa Claus. Now, we have the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr. to celebrate and we have Black History month, but white people are celebrated all throughout the year.
They can visit memorial sites, look a statues and things of that sort, but when it comes to black statues and memorials, they are far and few between. The author says that to free ourselves, we must comfortably celebrate ourselves. Next, the article explains that it takes a brave person and faith or the potential for faith to free a person from the psychological chains. This article was extremely informative and moving.
I totally agree with everything that Dr. Akbar mentioned in this article. I agree with all the steps that he feels is necessary to gain consciousness. I agree with his opinions about the human race and us having great potential. I agree that only we can free ourselves. I do not feel as though it is up to us to show white people how ignorant they have been and continue to be. Concerning the Knowledge of Self section, I have always felt that to know yourself is to own yourself.
I enjoyed reading this very enlightening article. It has opened my eyes to the fact that we, African Americans, are still being held captive. Although, it is not physically, it is mentally, because we are still being kept down by psychological chains.