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This generation is disconnected from its black history…

by Chris Scott

Black history isn’t just understanding the struggles and triumphs that came from the Civil Rights movement; it’s bigger than having an idea that maybe Dr. Martin Luther King’s dream may have been realized with the election of President Barack Obama (even though I think it is still far from its full realization).

Black history is not just recognizing that we were once slaves and we’ve come a long way since then. This disconnect comes from us as a race but especially in the current generation not understanding our heritage. You don’t have to have the most extensive knowledge about where you came from but understanding black heritage, black history could change the psychological aspects about how we as a race and how my generation approaches things in life.

It’s recognizing that you came from a place where we were wise beyond the outside world’s years. We were the architects of the great pyramid structures while excelling in oral rhetoric.

If this is to deep then we can bring it back to the disconnect in this generation with African American history; are history in this country alone is so much richer than just one man’s dream, a woman refusing to give up her seat on the bus, the fact that “Honest Abe” freed us, and that we get a month that society gave us to say “hey here some good things some of you did as a credit to your race that we appreciate.”

It’s about knowing the things that we aren’t always taught in school, like the true meaning of the strange fruit on the tree.

Overall black history, to me, is me knowing that I can be great beyond measure regardless if I’m a black man at a “disadvantage”. I know this because countless times my ancestors defied the notion of their incapacity to be excellent.

From the dynasty’s of Africa’s old, to Crispus Attucks, to Asa Philip Randolph inciting a new Deal with FDR… even without recognition I know that I am destined for greatness even in the face of scrutiny because that’s what the generations before me did.