The loss of Our Black Heritage

The loss of Our Black Heritage
by Anthony A. Moore

When you would drive down Hughes Street in (2010) just in search of an old friend the task would be too great. Why? Do to our past history and closing of black schools we as a people had to migrate to the Hamlet and Travis areas so our children didn’t have to be bused so far to get an education. What a terrible price we had to pay. I know that our past ancestors thought the bus was for us.

If one would look around the North Heights area and see what homes have been sold and actually given away for pennies. Some of our young people were willed estates. Yet they sell them as nothing but ideal land. Our parents cleaned many homes and carried many a suitcase just to purchase those homes. Then we educate our children to move away and sell our property to others whom none deserve. They never understood what family heritage and family pride meant.

Many scholars have discovered that there is an anti-knowledge attitude that has permeated the Black American community. Too many black children believe that is they receive academic honors and take advance courses, they are” acting white” and are considered “sell outs” among their peers.

Children should not believe these attitudes. There should be no excuse why children avoid picking up books to educate themselves. Let’s just ask ourselves do we understand why? Our black youth are consistently performing poorly on academic exams? The answer is no further then your homes. The average black youths time is consumed by BET (Music Videos), MTV, Play station, X-box. Nintendo DS and drugs. All these things are causing a horrific effect on our culture and a bleak future for our black youth.

Many commercials are helping the youth and children to learn the consequences of misbehavior that can ruin their future. Media has doubtlessly changed our lives in many ways making information more effective and memorable, yet harmful in other ways (meaning violence).

The average black child doesn’t learn about property or real estate until they are adults ready to purchase a home. Why Not? Some

of us need to think outside the rim. Does the average black child know anything about poverty? Of course we call it being Poor.

“The earth does not belong to man, man belongs to the earth. All things are connected, like the blood, which unites one family.

Whatever befalls the earth befalls the sons of the earth. Man did not weave the web of life; he is merely a strand in it. Whatever he does to the web, he does to himself.”

Instead of ‘curing’ in the aftermath of social conflicts, we need to engage positively with them. As future decision makers, youth will need to internalize a social orientation and a regard for common spaces, so that they can become socially responsible decision makers in the future.

We feel that sustainable social change emanates from individuals. Change them or their orientation and the system will change.

Developing in young people the relevant values, attitudes and skills, will therefore bring about long-term changes.

It’s a great philosophy to live be related – we have to teach children about life and that is to teach them about relationships.

This goes hand in hand with reverence Gods word and common spaces – the rivers, roads, sky and collective consciousness of society.

I informed readers in the last article “The Real Carver Dragons “ that our leaders of blacks (Not Black Leaders) made a covenant to close Carver with certain people with City of Amarillo. A contract or covenant is between parties who intent to make their word their BOND.

I think it is proper and right for us to make a covenant with our people and mainly our youth. Now our Black leaders need to stop being greedy lay those entire religious issues aside (meaning Baptist, Methodist, Pentecostal, AME or whatever religious base you stand on and even Non-Denominational, (Preachers, Teachers, Lawyers, City Workers, Business owners, Common working Black Men and  Women in Corporate America) “ATTENTION”………… ATTENTTION!!!!!!!

Come together as one people because the scriptures says, John 10:11 “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.

12 The hired hand is not the shepherd who owns the sheep. So when he sees the wolf coming, he abandons the sheep and runs away. Then the wolf attacks the flock and scatters it.

13 The man runs away because he is a hired hand and cares nothing for the sheep.

14 “I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me— 15just as the Father knows me and I know the Father—and I lay down my life for the sheep.

The problem is that we have disconnected lines of communication between black leaders and the people because most of the leaders have been hired hands. The good Shepard will lay down his life down when the wolf comes.

I would hope and I know it can happen, that Black intellectuals have been separated from the masses of our people. The masses of our people are steady going downward. There is no connecting between the learned and the suffering masses of our people.

There has to be a covenant made between those of us who have been blessed with knowledge, blessed with wealth and blessed with opportunity. To unite the best of our minds and the best of our pocket books to pull our resources together and develop a programmatic thrust to lift our people and youth out of the condition our people are in.

© Copyright 2010 – Anthony Moore. All rights Reserved. No part of this commentary may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording, or otherwise, without written permission from the author.

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  1. avatar leigh cravin says:

    I’m surprised that you are surprised by what has happened to North Heights, or the attitude of black folks in Amarillo in general Haven’t you figured it out yet–we are a bunch of empty-headed “show people.” Just look at the Juneteenth festivities. Lots of folks “showing up” to show off cars, some drove 6 hours to be a part of this “long ago lost all relevance” public mockery of symbolic black emancipation. (Blacks in Amarillo aren’t too much better off educationally than when our Texas slave forefathers got word of the Emancipation Proclamation almost 150 years ago.) But we show at these public spectacles mostly to be seen in our new glad rags toting and talking about nothing on new electronic gadgets, weaved-out hair dos, riding jacked up financed cars, or flashy rimmed cars–hey “looky me.” I bet you could find one person in the whole Juneteenth bunch that read a book the last five years. Still we show up, year after year, “Girl, how you doing,” “Hey, I is doing fine,” booty-shaking, dope smoking, loud music, liquor drinking, empty headed, don’t know anything about history, don’t want to learn anything–I could go on–but you get my drift. Hopelessness in action.