Apathy is Lethal

The title, in most people’s minds, is pretty obvious. To be come apathetic is to cease caring about…something, whether it’s one’s well being, someone else’s well being, or whatever, pretty soon, that apathy will lead to some sort of negative consequence.

Take my last post, for example. One of the main reasons, I believe, that black people in general have become stagnant in relationship to other racial groups is that we, as a whole, have become apathetic. Why? Well, in large part, black people are apathetic towards the world because the world was first apathetic toward them.

Simply put, no one cared for the plight of African Americans at one point in this country. The error that was made by the African American community was thinking that we could fight apathy with apathy. This, of course, is further from the truth.

Instead of fighting for what is right, we, as a whole, just accepts whatever society throws at us as “the way it’s always gonna be because I’m black”. If our grandparents and great grandparents shared the same view, every black person in this country would still be working cotton fields in the south (indeed, some still do. It’s called sharecropping, but that’s another post).

My point is this: if we as African Americans are going to further our cause for equality in every area of life in this country, we cannot simply choose to accept what society says/thinks/portrays about us. We have a choice to either accept whatever may come, or change it. Apathy is lethal, and it’s killing our race.

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~ by Deuce on February 9, 2007.

2 Responses to “Apathy is Lethal”

  1. I totally agree with you on this. Things did get better, but now, no one is really adamant about changing those problems that still remain. Education is still very segregated in this country, just like quality jobs, housing, and health care. If you’re rich and white, you don’t have a care in the world. But if you’re poor, OR non-white, OR (God-forbid), both, well, you’ve got a tough time ahead of you. I think the people of my generation (mid-20’something) of African Americans were born into a world that was so far better than what our parents knew that we basically said “all the work has been done for us”.

    What the majority of us don’t realize, however, is that unless we are actively engaged in righting the remaining racist wrongs in this country, we’ll slip right back into the days of Jim Crow and segregation quick, fast, and in a hurry. They don’t say “history repeats it self” for naught…

  2. This theme won’t go away. It’s frustrating. Take a look at this post on bright minds.

    And here is one of the comments (mine). It works just as well here:
    When King spoke, racism was open, and openly violent. Discrimination was blatant. And yet the speeches were optimistic. The movement was optimistic.

    Movement today? There’s not much of one, is there? Whatever got better, got better, but there is not this great continuing year by year decrease in the level of racism in this country. There’s not the pressure for anything to get better.

    When I was a kid, there was a general sense that lot’s around us was wrong, but could be improved by people acting together. And people acted. And not just about racism. Justice could be demanded. Justice could be earned.

    We can make progress, we will make progress, but it will take the kind of organizing we haven’t seen in a while. Just electing the right people just isn’t enough to fix things.

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