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A few months ago, I was looking out of the front window of my building while ascending the stairs, and I saw a small group of young brothas gathered outside. I immediately wondered, "What are they up to?". Then I thought, "They''re probably just talking" (which they were). When I got outside, I went over and said "Good morning" to them. They seemed surprised, but replied in kind.
I have had a Black man come up to me, ask me for money and assure me, "I'm not trying to rob you". It's so tragic that he would think I would assume he wanted to harm me - he's my brother. I'm his sister. But we do this every day - we distrust each other.
We have been brainwashed to hate ourselves and to hate and fear each other. I have said this over and over again in my blogs. This is why we need to heal ourselves. Self-healing is something we can only do for ourselves. Nobody else can do this for us.
This is one reason why it is so important for us to know our history. To remind ourselves every day of how strong and brave we are and how proud we should be to be Black. We have been brainwashed to believe we are not Africans. We have been brainwashed to believe we are less than we trulyh are.
We need to un-learn those patterns of self-hatred which we have inherited, and which have been imposed on us.
Click here for a list of many of my Black history blogs. Please share this with your networks.
And remember, every month is Black History Month.
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