The most dangerous man in America is an educated black man”
A statement I hear entirely too much.
The most dangerous man in America is a man that has no understanding of self, and lacks awareness of the worth of his people. THAT man is a danger to his own people, that man must be stopped. The notion “educated black man” is an ignorant one to say the least, because one creates a facade and thus considers oneself as an “elitist”. Not only that but one then subliminally deems his/her “uneducated” counterparts unworthy of salvation.
Not to mention, the way we even use the term education stems from a formalized standard of learning. Ironically enough, this education that we are so proud of is actually, systemically unlearning or not learning any sound, quality information of our own history but of everyone else’s history instead.
So, because one isn’t educated by a classist-based education system, we have this perception that they shouldn’t be granted equal opportunity? Or even worse, we think since, without education, the uneducated can’t be half the worker or manager that we can be with our education. That kind or perception does not make one elite, it does, however, make one a societal slave and a classist (which only exists figuratively within capitalism).
This being a structure that was in fact solely created to control what we learn, and how soon we learn it. This means all of the concepts and ideas it took you all middle-school to learn, could have been obtained and applied knowledge as an early adolescent. If that’s the case, why even go through 12 “grades” of schooling before going to a university? This is because we are spoon-fed information only to forget and need a refreshing in the beginning of the next year, instead of learning how to apply valuable information to real life experiences.
More importantly how to apply that knowledge to our goals to achieve our biggest dreams, but instead we are told: “that isn’t practical”. Now keep in mind, as some of you read on, this isn’t to discourage those who have hopes of getting into their school of choice, this isn’t even to discredit those who have truly worked hard and studied long to obtain the success that they have now. This is simply to bring you all awareness, as awareness promotes growth.
I like to reflect on my personal experiences dealing with education. I remember how enthused I was in the beginning of high school, thinking it was going to be so much different than middle school. That changed up real quick as I began to realize I’m learning the same things, only difference was the pitch in my voice. At the same token, I also remember how hard I worked in school so that I had some means of being able to afford college. It paid off, I received some partial scholarships, but my hard work couldn’t end there. I continued to focus on my studies and find ways for me to stand out academically until I received a full scholarship for the remainder of my tenure after 2 years.
I’m blessed to even be able to say that! No matter how hard you work, a full scholarship is STILL a blessing. Which is why it is unfair to those who cannot afford this education (we obsess over) and deem them uneducated. As an HBCU graduate I will always advocate for higher education and HBCUs (it’s time for a but)– but only if it makes sense to the person pursuing the education. The REAL problem is, education is invaluable, but people are always trying to put a value on it, as long as it makes them money. The ugly truth is education is great but the price to obtain that education is NOT worth it.
Again, keep in mind, this segment is all about promoting personal growth, what are you doing today to stay relevant and productive? What are you doing today to push yourself mentally and physically? What are you doing today to make sure you are better than you were yesterday?? All of these questions need answers. Remember, “beauty is in the eyes of the beholder,” so is education! We all define our own success!
Your boss, failed tests that you passed, some guy found facebook before graduating college and got wealthy, the CEO at your firm started the company on his family’s money and expects for you to have an education. Would you call these people uneducated? Let’s stop trying to find ways to separate ourselves from each other and more ways to come together and work towards a common goal, in 2018 let us be in one accord! Quiy Speaks out!