Black People Were Better as Negroes

6 Oct


I am reading When and Where I Enter: The Impact of Black Women on Race Sex in America by Paula Giddings, and I am so enlightened and much smarter as a result.

The one thing I need to point out was how united black people were in the late 1800s and early 1900s.  Life wasn’t easy by a long shot, but any time there was a cause, they got together really quickly like the Tea Party.  There was a point where the National Association of Colored Women (NACW) was 50,000 members strong.  Can you show me ANY black organization that has that many members today?  Consistent members.

Black people got together to fight for employment, the right to vote, the right to safety, the right to own property.  They wanted equality in all aspects of their lives.  And with reason.  They had worked hard to try to remove the remnants of slavery, and they wanted their 20 acres and a mule.  They never got it, but did the best they could with what they had.  And they continued to stand up to the people who tried to keep them enslaved economically, socially and mentally.  It was hard to keep Negroes down.

Today, it’s hard to get black people up to do anything for a good cause. I often wonder: what would make black people today get together like the Negroes of the past? It’s not the failure of the educational system.  The consistent deaths of children certainly doesn’t seem important.  And they continue to turn a blind eye to the state of broken homes and distant communities where self is the most important person despite the obvious needs of the children, elderly and the broken spirits. So, what would it take for black people to get the Negro mentality and fight?

What are your thoughts?


2 Responses to “Black People Were Better as Negroes”

  1. Jennifer Brown Banks October 6, 2010 at 7:03 am #

    Excellent perspective. What would it take? These days I’d say a miracle. 🙂

    • Marcie Hill October 6, 2010 at 10:01 pm #

      I would have to agree. Unfortunately, no one cares. It’s a shame.

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