Someone who responded to one of my posts said these blogs seem aimed at White America. Unfortunately, the level of misinformation is so rampant that I don't think many African people have much more of a scientific understanding of social relations and racism in this society today than most Whites. Evidence of that is to simply ask the question titled in this blog post. You will get any number of answers. Most of which are not very well thought out. I think the answer isn't that complicated. I think African people want the same thing everyone else wants. The opportunity to be judged based on your contribution, commitment, skills and abilities, and character. We want balanced perceptions of our history and current reality. We want an honest portrayal of what has happened, and continues to happen, to us. And, we want a just analysis of how the wealth of this country was developed, the role we played in developing it, and the honest admission of how we have been denied the opportunity to benefit from our work and sacrifices. The problem really isn't want we want because these are all logical and legitimate things that no one can dispute. The problem is to provide us with those things would cause a chain effect that would essentially bring down the power structure of this country and those who have that power will never permit that to happen. Consequently, they will keep the same racist perceptions circulating. They will keep the same misinformation and mis-education operating, posing as legitimate scholarship. They will keep the same systematic inequities in place and they will continue to use their most effective weapon, fear, to keep people from thinking through these problems. That's what the power structure is going to do. What are you going to do?
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