Author Taleeb Starkes, whose stellar book titled “Black Lies Matter: Why Lies Matter to the Race Grievance Industry” narrates one the best short video clips I’ve seen on the Plight of the Black community in what he considers “the five most important issues facing black Americans today.”
In the clip he lists from 5 to number 1 in importance the most critical issues affecting Black America. Here’s the list:
I wholeheartedly agree with Starkes’ observations except for the order of importance he lists. I would put Victims Mentality as number one in importance. Here’s why. When you have a victim’s mentality or what Starkes calls “Victimology” your worldview is skewed. You in fact see everything and every event through the flawed prism of race.
If you see yourself as a victim you are predisposed to being manipulated by those who will reinforce your flawed worldview by telling you, you deserve some kind of special dispensation or compensation. Then what you become is victimized. Not by past slights or indiscretions but by the very people who say you are a victim and they will fight for your plight. Booker T. Washington saw this dynamic nearly 100 years ago in his famous quote:
“There is another class of coloured people who make a business of keeping the troubles, the wrongs and the hardships of the Negro race before the public. Having learned that they are able to make a living out of their troubles, they have grown into the settled habit of advertising their wrongs – partly because they want sympathy and partly because it pays. Some of these people do not want the Negro to lose his grievances, because they do not want to lose their jobs.”
What Booker T. Washington was speaking on is those who exploit the victim’s mentality for financial and or political gain. He was speaking of Blacks who exploit other Blacks. But I would add to that government agendas as well who exploit the victim’s mentality for power. The liberal progressive agenda manipulates the false narrative of victim’s mentality so as to control the black community. And every 4 years or so around election time they beat the drum of racism. And the race hustlers the likes of Jackson and Sharpton tune up their rhetoric. Today’s new crop of race hustlers includes Van Jones, the Congressional Black Caucus and the Black Lives Matter Movement. Even liberal whites are in on the drum beating with presidential candidate Hillary Clinton playing the race card when it suits her to drum up the Black vote.
Progressive policies are destroying the Black community, as Taleeb Starkes so eloquently attests. But I would say when we as Blacks stop seeing ourselves as victims, and see ourselves as victors and overcomers as we once did prior to the encroachment of liberal progressive-ism into our communities in the 1960’s, then the 5 critical issues he has outlined will cease to negatively impact our community and we will heal our community and without government intervention I might add.
Here is the video clip produced by Prager U: