by Sharif Rasheed (www.bethe1change.com)
There was a time in history when education, success, progress and change inspired black Americans as a whole. When individuals loved to read and challenge the status quo. When these same individuals would learn history in order to never let it repeat itself. W.E.B Dubois was a scholar who had a great understanding of history. Frederick Douglas, Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X, Elijah Muhammad, Huey P. Newton, Angela Davis, Cornel West and many more all had/have a great understanding of history. When they speak, they speak from a place that understands the power of not understanding ones history. In their writings they refer to historical events that portrayed minorities in a negative light and counter those arguments. History is a powerful tool that laid the foundation for generations to create change. There has been a slow transition from educating oneself to self harming oneself that has infested the youth. We’re talking about black on black crime and when discussed, it typically focuses directly on the physical harm and not the emotional generational harm.
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