Mon. Jul 6th, 2020

7 thoughts on “What’s Your Reaction to “The New York Times” Opinion Piece – “The end of Black Harlem”?

  1. I think it’s just so sad that African Americans, will not support what’s left of their own culture that originated right here on American soil. What’s even sadder is that Black people have adopted cultural norms and will blindly support everything and everyone else;s culture as if they are under some type of spell. In retrospect, we as a group have to take into account all of the horrors that have been heaped upon us for so many centuries. I will quote Dr. Joy DeGruy Leary’s, phrase “Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome”. We are collectively and individually suffering from this syndrome whether we acknowledge this reality or not. And it is deep and on a cellular level. As an eclectic artist, I refuse to be defined or exploited in this society and it does not matter to me, that others won’t do their part, I’ll just make sure that I do my part to awaken and inform whom ever I can where ever I can via thought provoking visual,written & spoken artwork. A lot of healing work needs to occur in the African American, before we are able to really get a clearer picture of not just who we are, but what we are capable of doing collectively in this earth. And that brothers and sisters is the stuff that we are made of. May we Rise Again and take our rightful place in the world.~Peace & Blessings. -Artist Leo

      1. We should hope that typos are our biggest problem. Thank you for your willingness to help us further the discussion. Somehow we must get those who just stare into night to move their feet. It’s time for all of the African-American folk on FB and internet websites to start talking about how we can heal ourselves. Yes, I agree there is “Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome.” There should be serious talk about solutions. African-Americans hold the highest offices in the United States–President and Attorney, but we are still suffering in all areas—socially, economically, police brutality, housing, and the list goes on. If we don’t hold on our media, the game is over.

  2. All I can say is you are not alone. Due to the hour I can’t elaborate at this time and will take time to process it all but I don’t think you are an Angry Black Man, YOU are a caring, thoughtful and concerned Black Man.

  3. Ron,
    You are certainly not alone in your position and disappointments with the sad state of African Americans in 2016. It pains me to see the pathetic condition of our people today. I live in NYC, so I see it and feel it every single day—the total regression of African American culture, power, economics, and politics. But way too many African Americans have contributed to this state. Too many have become selfish, self-centered, and complacent. During my parents’ and grand-parents’ generations, there were fewer opportunities, but there was a sense of “community, unity, protectionism, and sameness”. And I daresay, I grew up in an environment where hearing “Say it loud! I’m Black and I’m Proud”! was more a way of life than a slogan.

  4. Gentrification is the end of black communities throughout America: Harlem in NYC, Hough and Glenville in Cleveland, North Philly, Southside Chicago, and the list goes on and on. Many hardworking, sacrificing African Americans who survived and thrived in the 1960s-70s and gained a modicum of material stability, dressed, fed and pampered their children because that’s why they worked so hard and sacrificed so much. That new generation took their privileges for granted and often missed the advantage of hard work and skimping. They assimilate and sell their inherited “ghetto” properties for suburban homes. Communities are reassessed and taxes are raised through the roof. The new owners don’t complain because they can afford it. The older generation who try to hold on are stressed, especially if their children have moved on and can’t or won’t help out, so the families sellout or lose their properties for not paying their taxes or a number of other penalties. We have got to stop assimilating. We need to embrace our culture and celebrate our contributions. ROUTES is an invaluable tool to educate, inspire, open eyes, and uplift our mighty race!

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