Last night, I watched the last segment of CNN’s new documentary which is entitled Black in America. It was a look at the state of African Americans in the United States. While I would say it could be viewed as educational (for whom, I’m not 100% sure), I personally think that it just glossed over widely known issues within the black community. Maybe some folks are in the dark about how we African Americans live, but for the most part, I personally think that CNN’s African American viewers are very well versed on said issues.
One thing that struck me as peculiar was the fact that for the most part, this documentary equated poverty with being Black. There were some examples of how certain folks came from poverty and became successful, but I felt as if the documentary didn’t cover both sides of the spectrum. It should go without saying that crime, lack of proper education, broken homes and various other issues are all issues which are the result of poverty in the majority of it’s cases, NOT issues of black people who just happen to be impoverished.
Don’t get me wrong, I do feel as if I have to go the extra mile to make sure I’m noticed in the professional world, and I also do feel as if I get looked at sideways the second I want to switch up my M.O.. But I don’t feel the need to let that hold me back, or to think that everyone is out to get me. At the end of the day, my journey is different from the next guy’s journey, and what works for me, may not work for you.
So after all this is said and done, what does it mean to be Black in America? Then again, what does it mean to be Chinese in America, or Irish in America? We are all different people from different backgrounds with different issues and different ways of thinking. To group together one race or group of people as if we all eat, sleep, think and breathe the same things is a bit (how should I put this…) retarded?
Here’s a video from Monnie which I think sums up how alot of people feel on this Documentary.
video courtesy of CreoleInDC and MonicaMingo.com