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Food for Thought: Is Black Still Beautiful?
6/12/2013 2:55:51 PM

By Hakim Abdul-Ali

It’s said that, “so as a man thinketh, so is he.” That’s some very heady intellectual stuff for any positive minded “hue-man” to digest, especially on a full stomach of ethnically conscious provisions of who he or she is.

I hope as you’re reading this that you’re not eating anything like ordinary victuals and you, therefore, can give this article your full and undivided attention.

Hopefully, I’m going to serve some things on your mental plate today, and it may enhance and develop your chow for thinking thought appetite.

I’ve been reading the newspapers more and more lately, and I’ve been listening to the “I don’t know what to believe” airwaves syndicate better known as the local, national and world television broadcasts. There seems nothing like depression booming from these channels of confusion and the tell-lie-vision networks.

Sometimes, you don’t know what to believe as these sources tell you what they want you to here and many times it is wrong as can be with misinformation galore. That has always challenged me to think outside of the colonial mis-educational realm of subliminal programming and information gathering apparatus.

As I’ve tried my best to stay abreast of what’s going on realistically in those three sectors of debatable fictional current reporting happenings, I’ve found out something that I already know. And that is that most Afro-Americans are still catching hell big time in so many areas of social viability until it’s a more than a crying shame.

When I refer to Afro-Americans in the above mentioned scenario, I’m talking about the average “brothas” and “sistas” of this nation, who’ve been neglected and seemingly, forgotten by irrelevant factual accounts and biased archaic sociological statistics. Yes, it’s a crying shame, but, again, it’s deeper than that if you ask me.

It appears that there’s an escalating and ever-increasing population of some Blacks who are no longer an item of civil rights concern. Maybe, it’s just me, but ethnic injustice seems to run rampant in the inner ghettoes of most disenfranchised “colored” folk’s hoods, especially those who are living behind the real veil of silent bigotry where skin hue (still) dominates in American society.

I hope that doesn’t catch you off guard, because it shouldn’t, because remember certain things in the bald eagle’s backyard are as American as apple pie. Please also bear in mind that my topic today is “Food for Thought: Is Black Still Beautiful?”

I think that it is, because I’m still an unyielding dreamer in things that were hard-fought for in 1960s in terms of initiating self-respect and establishing self-empowerment upward mobility for the masses of our people are “still” applicable. I know by referencing “our” people, I probably have opened a can of snails for an endless debate cycle of useless babble among the uninterested street corner scholars without portfolios and the disinherited Negro dead head elite. I still ask, “Is Black Still Beautiful?”

Hmm! Think about that for whatever time it takes for you to realize that Black being beautiful isn’t a thirty second sound bite on one of those airwaves syndicated shows I previously spoke of. Is that enough “Food for Thought” for you to contemplate for the rest of the article?

I wish that we as a struggling ethnic assemblage would be able to educationally develop that concept of Black love that was so pervasive among our productive leaders and thinkers throughout the ‘60s. Those “brothas” and “sistas” back then had to give substantive unified “Food for Thought” effort in order to build a stable community unit, because they wanted to make the utopian concept of unified Blackness more than a token nationalistic cliché.

I know in many ways, I probably represent a minute element of mindful thinkers who still believe that “Black is Still Beautiful” in practical and sensible norms of understanding. These souls question must everything about us must be shortchanged to look like and be like other ethnicities. Again, I ask, “Is Black Still Beautiful?”

From wearing natural hair and cultivating the love of learning about African heritage through teaching “Black Our-Story” on a daily basis, I’m still on that “love of Black self” bent about realizing that “Black is Beautiful” is serious “Food for Thought.” As I look at the majority of “our” nation’s split-thinking “colored” masses and their mental conditions, I have to ask is that question still relevant?

Does that make sense to you, or are you too young to know what I’m talking about? Or are you one of the older set who could care less because you’ve changed with whatever the current flow was back then in ’70s and since that time, your thinking about Blackness has deteriorated and become a heretical distraction for your faux ethnic identification?

I know those questions are only optimistic “Food for Thought” inquiries in the minds of hesitant thinkers of positive cultural love. I hope that you’re a contemporary soul “brotha” or “sista,” who has an understanding that “Black is (very much) Still Beautiful” is more than a concept of partial indecision.

For some doubtful “colored” folk in our nation, to be “Black minded,” while living in the politically incorrect jungles of today’s pseudo- invisible discriminatory universe, is still not a healthy mental concept to totally force feed yourself or your children, if you’re truly an aware student of the life game of survival. Sadly, it’s threatening to many, many people who are in and out of the Black experience.

“Is Black Still Beautiful?” Thinking about that too much can be contagious. When you do that, it may alter your realistic value of who you really, really, really are and help you defeat the nagging self-hatred norms that still exist in Black America.

Some of us are still suffering from subliminal hatred of self to the degree that it has become synonymous with our characters. You know what I’m saying is the truth, and you probably know someone “real” close to you who is suffering from a terminal case of those diseases in whatever disorder that they may appear.

If you aren’t afraid to admit it to yourself then how can we progress as a productive segment of society with self-hatred as our invisible banner of self-imposed “his-storical” shame. “Food for Thought: Is Black Still Beautiful?” is a not an arbitrary topic to discuss for the light of heart.

It’s a theme of regenerative thinking for those of us who are alive and well in the consciousness of understanding that Black reality is what it is. Stay conscious and never hate who God Alone created you to be in creation and spiritual practice. For today and always, that’s, “As I See It.” 

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