Enough with the pity quest- by Michael A. Dingwall.
I see that some of us have managed to convince the United Nations to devote an entire decade to people of African descent. I still don’t get it – why is it that we black people continue to see the need to harvest as much pity from the world that we can get?
When it its not this decade, it is racial discrimination. When it’s not that, it’s Apartheid. When it’s not that, its slavery and when it’s not that it’s the colonization of Africa and reparations. When are we ever going to grow up?
How is it that instead of seeking the world’s pity because they were enslaved by the Romans, the British, French, Spaniards and others have created great nations? How is it that instead of seeking pity from the world on account of Europe’s past attempts to dismember and conquer their country, the Chinese are on the verge of creating the next super power? How is it that instead of begging for pity on account of past British rule, India is busy creating a great nation?
Why is it that all of these peoples can move past their challenges, yet we black people continue to remain stuck in the past, wallowing in self pity?
Isn’t it interesting that many of these “intellectuals” that we have (or is it plagued with) are the ones who continue to preach “black pride” with these nonsense schemes? How ironic it is that most of these people aren’t smart enough to see that instead of strengthening the image of the black man with these “black awareness” schemes, they are instead re-enforcing, and indeed confirming in the eyes of many, that the black man is indeed inferior and incapable of helping himself and as such is in need of all the pity he can get?
As a proud black man, I must say that I am getting pretty sick and tired of those who continue to insult me through these “awareness” schemes. I don’t want any special recognition from the United Nations or anybody else. I don’t want to guilt anybody for more handouts under the guise of reparations. I don’t want to be treated special just because I am black. Enough with the pity!
There is one more thing I want to say. I know many people are impressed (and obviously intimidated) by these intellectuals on account of the long list of letters that they have following their names. I, for one, am not impressed. Indeed, the more I hear their chatter is the more convinced I am that they have a lot to learn.
These black “awareness” schemes are more about enhancing the profiles of these very misguided intellectuals than anything else. They don’t speak for all black people. They certainly don’t speak for me. If only I could take all this pity to the bank!
Michael A. Dingwall
Kingston – Jamaica