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Are Things Falling Apart In The African American Community!

November 10, 2013 by  
Filed under Education, News, Opinion, Weekly Columns

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( Influenced by the writings of Chinua Achebe  (Nigerian Author of  “When Things Fall Apart”)

“We cannot trample upon the humanity of others without devaluing our own. The Igbo, always practical, put it concretely in their proverb Onye ji onye n’ani ji onwe ya:  “He who will hold another down in the mud must stay in the mud to keep him down.”  Chinua Achebe

There is a critical need for African Americans to take charge of their communities to speak out against the injustices of issues that threaten the destruction of African American communities by increasing incarceration, economic poverty, devaluing of education and lack of political influence of and by young AA men and women.

The growing community violence and cultural disintegration on the community level must be stopped before the very life blood drains from the communities that are still an important part of this nation. Despite the efforts to eliminate segregation during past decades many communities are still segregated by zip codes, community boundaries, race, places of religiousachebe worship and even schools.

This maybe an unconscious or even a conscious effort to maintain cultural or ethnic heritage within communities, but actions create boundaries of limitations, economic decline and societal isolation. African American youth are still not graduating high school in the numbers they should be and too many make excuses why they are not. Students that are scholars are teased, ridiculed and bullied by their peers, the very role models we need are criticized. 

America is already colonized and conquered; an established nation even at its young age.  African Americans have survived slavery, civil wars, biological experimentation, world wars, attempted sterilization and the continuing struggle with incarceration and educational priority. Sometimes the root is not in the schools, but in the homes of children whose parents are not doing their jobs. To ready to run the streets to the clubs, crab house, dance floors, malls, but no time to take their children to the library, museums and other learning opportunities.

As Larry Henderson grandfather of three states, “The community needs to start listening again to the elders and the educators of the community.”

Chinua Achebe  (author) states, “When old people speak it is not because of the sweetness of words in our mouths; it is because we see something which you do not see.”

The solutions are as diverse as the generational blood lines of Africans brought here during slavery; their offspring are US now called Negros, Blacks or African Americans. As Achebe author of “Things Fall Apart,” states, “something needs to be done.” His story for his people of Nigerian African heritage, the systematic colonization as Achebe describes, “the gap in the
bookshelf” related to a missing piece of information. 

A Gap in connection for his country; there is a gap in the African American community that is growing, a sink hole slowly growing with increased poverty, continued generational curses and the birth of babies by children that have no foundation of life for themselves. Why have a child when you’re a child?

The cure in one direction of inoculation is the injection of African American/African cultural knowledge. To discuss the illnesses in the African American community, related to the past greatness of a heritage that was great even before there was European history. AA students need to learn their history HELLO!!!!!!!

The growing poverty levels, homelessness of children, decline of political power, reversal of educational success and the reliance on governmental subsidies is placing African Americans in a position of slavery again. The focus should be on educational opportunities, not increasing of EBT funding (these are being drastically cut); the need for diverse job training not governmental welfare and a refocus of HBCU – Historically Black Colleges and Universities in the areas of STEM and STEAM. 

African Americans seem to have forgotten who gave them education when others did not want them. GED programs are increasing their fees and only accessible by computers. In 2014 GED programs will be digital and more expensive. The “Silence of Blackness” has been too long because there are issues not being addressed and the dialogue is inconsistent and even silenced.

Just as in “Things Fall Apart,“ Nigerian visionaries, African American visionaries like Malcolm X, Asa Philip Randolph, Medgar Evers, and others, they saw injustices in laws, lack of community programs, Black on Black crimes, un-involved parents, children giving birth to another generation of EBT babies and continued systemic slavery. Visionaries made a decision to change the subjugation, segregation and address the true issues of cultural heritage and cultural pride. The recent Omega Psi Phi dedication to education shows there are those concerned and active, but African Americans must want to change to improve.

American has faced its time of slavery and segregation that comes with colonization, facing the same challenges in many ways  expressed in “Things Fall Apart.” Issues are still challenges for People of Color,  psychological and emotional bondage imposed by African Americans is powerful from African Americans, breaking their own spirits.

All is not lost when looking at programs active and developing, African Americans need to read about their history, their accomplishments and promote their young not just to athletics; but to academics, science, technology, the Arts, STEAM. Don’t just buy Bootleg videos, buy Bootleg books to teacher your children to read, Bootleg math books so they can learn to think critically, Bootleg science books to teach higher order thinking skills. “Ignorance is not Bliss in the 21st century, it is dangerous to cultural growth.”

The publication of “Things Fall Apart” (1958) is over 50 year, even though it is an African story it can still be applied to American story of struggle, sacrifice, death and re-birth. 

Chinua Achebe paints a picture that is not singular to Africa, it is a global perspective that is dynamically played anywhere in the world when any type of colonization is attempted. “…when we are comfortable and inattentive, we run the risk of committing grave injustices absentmindedly.”  Chinua Achebe 

Staff Writer; William D. Jackson

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6 Responses to “Are Things Falling Apart In The African American Community!”
  1. ROBERT says:

    YOU are spot on HASSAN!

  2. hassan_aziz says:


    you are right, but don’t forget the millions of anti American people that will soon be legalized that will make us irrelevant. the democrats told us to take the razor blade and slit our own throats to really show whitey. south Florida, southern California, etc. take a look and see how important we are in those areas of the country and how our voices are heard.

    our self hatred and undeserving hatred of those outside our race will be our demise and we have no one but ourselves to thank.

  3. Oh Yes it is! We are becoming economically irrelevant in the new digital technology economy, black males hava self hatred that’s killing us, we have minimal financial assets, black boys aspire to pro sports, thug life, entertainers as a way out of poverty, black wealthy do not build foundations for their people, tea party politics don’t give a Damn about minorities – yes it is a bleak future for the black masses as pointed out in this video

  4. Realman2 says:

    The really bad thing is that much of the misery blacks find themselves in can be rectified by the black community. It is foolish to expected whites to save the black community.

  5. toomanygrandkids says:

    “He who will hold another down in the mud must stay in the mud to keep him down.” This describes the old “crab in the barrel” adage. Older folks who didn’t achieve much in life prevent young(er) people from achieving by not teaching them right from wrong. Anything goes in the majority of black communities. When I was younger, there weren’t any older people who talked to me about the facts of life. Simple things a young kids/adults should know was never discussed with me. Like many other black children, I realized things were falling apart in my neighborhood back in the late seventies. Adults were more eager to run the streets and party than raise children. The other thing they loved to do was have sex. Seems they could produce/give birth to babies, but the “taking care of them” part wasn’t as important as running the streets and partying in bars. It shouldn’t be a surprise that the younger generation’s following in the footsteps of the older generation. Common black folks really don’t wanna see other blacks succeed in life. If you accomplish anything positive, you best believe they will have something negative to say about you. They are the crabs in the barrel who will latch on to keep you in the barrel with them. They stay in the mud to keep you in the mud. It’s also no wonder why younger people think the same way about other peole’s success.

  6. Great article, it’s past time we wake up from this nightmare and start working together for the betterment of our community, the country, and the world.

    Black Unity means financial independence and happiness

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