By not “Taking care of business” we contribute to lingering plight of “blackness.”
By N Oji Mzilikazi
Originally published in the Montreal Community Contact Volume 23, Number 11 May 30, 2013
Even though no person is the standard upon which his or her race, ethnicity, or religion is to be judged, slavery’s imposition of cultural singularity upon Blacks, the monolith narrative, in conjunction with the legacy of racial criminalisation; tainting all members of the race with the crime of an individual member, have Blacks living in “non-Black” countries weighted with the burden of race.
Thus, when accomplished and successful Blacks, Black professionals, Black role models, Black leaders, and Black politicians engage in wrongdoing, make an ass of themselves, are obstacles to progress, or the Black criminal is front page and/or makes the evening news, members of the race are prone to experience psychological dislocation – to cringe, feel shamed and ashamed — tainted by the infractions of a complete stranger…