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By Robert Lilly | July 1, 2011

Why are you afraid to be Black out in the open? Just because you go to church with someone or work, in the cubicle, next to someone does not mean they accept you. Proximity does not equate with love. That is the lie we were sold during the so-called Civil Rights era. We were made to believe that if we could force our way into the association of whites and their places of business that we would automatically acquire dignity and respect. Acceptance must take place on an internal level before it can happen externally. And it would seem that today we want to have others appreciate who we are, when we don’t even know who we are- as a collective people.In contrast, this problem does not seem to exist, in the same way, amongst other ethnic groups as it does amongst Blacks. We can look, for example, at the East Indians. Observe how they have acquired a number of motel franchises in Abilene, Texas. And if this were just in Abilene my example would not carry as much weight, but what I have observed is that you can find East Indians up and down the highways of Texas owning hotels and managing them with their own people.{{more}} Often, you will find Black people working the front desk or cleaning the rooms! How is this possible? Why are we the ones on the bottom, and that is not to say that we want them to leave from their top position. My question is designed to prod us to think. I want us to think about why is it so that these other groups, and I don’t think I have to go further with my examples, are able to secure for themselves a piece of the economic pie, while we, as a people, in general, languish at the bottom of the food chain? I suppose, depending on ones philosophy that this could be answered from a variety of perspectives, however the way in which I want to answer it is as follows: we don’t see ourselves as a people! We have been so thoroughly brainwashed that we are extremists in that we go to the extreme as individuals. We have forfeited our group identity in order to conform to the ‘Civil Rights’ norms of social-acceptance, which operates under such euphemisms as multiculturalism, diversity, love and the avoidance of racism.We have been duped into seeing it as illegitimate to adhere to a group ethos, or the characteristic spirit of blackness because,“white folk won’t like us if we are too black and too strong”, some say. Would the Asians have what they have if they adopted such attitudes; I don’t think so. What about the East Indians? An additional, no! Yet, we are so foolish as to adopt this attitude and look at what we have-nothing; nothing to be in awe of; nothing that really matters. Sure, we can say we have produced this star football player, or in all fairness, we admit that there are some intellectual giants that have come out of our community, both men and women of faith, arts, science, technology, and the list goes on. But what are they doing to advance the group? Or are they rendering their abilities over to the opposition while we as a group look on with credulous curiosity at how ‘our’ people are succeeding. The question is: what are they succeeding at? Getting others richer, while we remain poor? No people can go on this way and think that tomorrow will get better. Why is it acceptable for us to believe this? Probably because there are few, if any significant voices that are identifiable as leadership who oppose this attitude, at least not out in the open. Maybe they are afraid to be black in the open? You decide for yourself. As for me, I am no fool. I have eyes to see the world around me, and what I see I don’t like. Our people deserve better than what we have now. Remember our ancestors endured tremendous, and undeserved persecution.It was as a group that this was leveled against us, not because any one individual did something to warrant their mistreatment. We suffered because of whowe were as a people and what our divided and weakened condition, if it were to remain that way, could generate for the white economy of America.If we don’t start acting as if we care about ourselves, we are doomed to remain the welcome mat for every foreigner who hits the shores of the U.S.A. Our neighborhoods will remain ghettoes, our children will become new and improved technological servants and maids, and the problems we face will multiply. As for the naysayers, accepting oneself, is not mutually exclusive of love for all humanity, it is, whether you like it or not, both sane and sensible.Those who would argue the opposing position I challenge you to come black to us, we need you.