The Emancipation Proclamation freed the slaves in 1863.
Untrained former slaves were now legally able to run the race for American success.
But many white Americans from Presidents on down didn't want them in the race.
But victory was still possible, although many hurdles lay ahead.


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BLACKS RACE FOR AMERICAN SUCCESS
Hurdle#1 - Intense Hate

Result - Victory!!!!


Immediately after the Civil War, blacks were full of optimism and hope in becoming fruitful American citizens, but soon realized there would be many hurdles ahead, especially in the form of intense hate by white southerners who had previously dominated the former slaves for hundreds of years.
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BLACKS RACE FOR AMERICAN SUCCESS
Hurdle#2 - Black Codes

Result - Victory!!!!


Imagine the shock and dismay these whites had to feel when it was perfectly legal for blacks to enter their communities and other public places. During slavery, blacks needed a pass to travel and were heavily restricted in their movements.

Whites didn't like this new freedom blacks had to roam around as they pleased so they set up what was called Black Codes which had the intent and the effect of restricting African Americans' freedom.

Black Codes was actually another form of slavery and a serious breach of our U.S. Constitution that had given blacks full American citizenship. This was accomplished with the endorsement of President Andrew Johnson who obviously disliked blacks.
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BLACKS RACE FOR AMERICAN SUCCESS
Hurdle#3 - Freedmen's Bureau Closure

Result - Victory!!!!


Before Lincoln was assassinated he established the Freedmen's Bureau to aid freed slaves in the South during this Reconstruction era. The Bureau arranged to teach the former slaves to read and write, considered critical by the freedmen themselves as well as the government. Bureau agents also offered legal advice in dealing with crooked plantation owners as well as settling disputes.
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Freedman's Bureau officer stands between armed groups of Euro-Americans and Afro-Americans.


In a sense, the Freedmen's Bureau was like affirmative action today. President Andrew Johnson complained that former slaves were given too much assistance with the Freedmen's Bureau and it wasn't fair to the white citizens.

A 100% total lack of empathy about suffering former slaves endured through no fault of their own for hundreds of years.

Each year the Bureau grew weaker until it was finally shut down in 1872 for a complete lack of funding. Hundreds of thousands of blacks would die from disease and starvation during this period.   http://www.theguardian.com/
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BLACKS RACE FOR AMERICAN SUCCESS
Hurdle#4 - 1877 Compromise

Result - Victory!!!!


Chances for American success grew dimmer with the Bureau closure. Most didn't even know how to read or write. Former slaves left out of the gate with anchor weights strapped to them.

Many blacks had made important gains up to this point, with the more educated even being elected to public office, but whites didn't want to be governed by former slaves, it was embarrassing to them.

So whites devised another stumbling block for the former slaves called the 1877 Compromise which was a behind the door deal that removed federal troops which were protecting blacks from white violence and supplying protection of their Civil Rights.

Former slaves had to feel like sheep in a slaughterhouse at this point. Whites intimidated and murdered blacks as they pleased without fear of punishment at this point in history.
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BLACKS RACE FOR AMERICAN SUCCESS
Hurdle#5 - Jim Crow

Result - Victory!!!!


Now that the whites could do with blacks as they pleased they went a step further in creating illegal laws called Jim Crow that kept blacks restricted in movement and out of view from the average white person. Whites all over America were soon instituting their own Jim Crow laws. Segregation had become so complete that whites did not see blacks except when being served by them.

What was it like for former slaves to live under Jim Crow laws? Here's a very small example.

There's not enough room on this web page to describe the hate and exclusion by government and white Americans against blacks during this period. Jim Crow laws touched every part of life, all across America. Blacks and whites were kept apart as much as possible. Good jobs went to whites, blacks were given the worst with less pay. Many industries wouldn’t hire blacks. Many unions passed special rules to exclude them. All juries and judges were white, blacks were illegally denied voting rights. No blacks allowed in public pools. Many restaurants would not serve blacks and those that did had a dirty colored section. Blacks and whites went to county fairs on different days. Blacks couldn't use public libraries. Simple common courtesy was rarely shown the blacks. Whites beat, tortured, raped and killed blacks with no fear of punishment. Blacks were denied credit for businesses, housing, cars by the banks. Blacks were kept out of white neighborhoods with housing covenants. Oklahoma had black and white phone booths. Texas had cities where blacks were totally restricted from living. Blacks could not leave their homes after 10:00pm in Mobile Alabama. Blacks could not marry whites. Georgia had separate white and black parks. Prisons, hospitals, and orphanages were segregated as were schools and colleges. Blacks and whites had to use separate sets of books in school, in Florida, they couldn't be stored together. When a person was sworn in at a trial, the whites used one bible and the blacks had a separate bible. For those who did complete college, a very important question had to be answered. Who was going to be their clients? Whites didn't engage blacks in business, and the battered Negro couldn't afford their services. These laws became so entrenched in American life, even unwritten laws affected black citizenship, blacks understood to stay out of white stores and establishments. Each and every United States President knew what was going on and allowed this illegal activity for many years. Were they guilty of not upholding the United States Constitution in the former slave's behalf? What it all boils down to is the ideal of America was too lofty for these people to live by.

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Blacks during this point in history were making do the best they could. Whites controlled all federal and state money and would routinely give more to their neighborhoods and leave blacks the crumbs. This was one contributing factor to how the black ghettos got their start. It was a horrible and tiresome way to live, especially after courageously serving our country in every American war with honor and distinction.

But things would soon change. One particular day a weary black lady riding on a public bus refused to give up her seat to a white passenger. Her name was Rosa Parks. It was like she was speaking for the entire black race with her defiance against Jim Crow laws. The Civil Rights movement would soon begin and could not be stopped without the victory.

The television would also play a big role in the movement because for the first time people were able to witness the brutality of white racist and police during Civil Rights protest. This didn't go well with America's pristine image they had been portraying to the world. The television brought this issue right into America's living room, and also the worlds.

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BLACKS RACE FOR AMERICAN SUCCESS
Hurdle#6 - Cultural Barrier

Result - Victory!!!!


All people who condemned slavery black and white throughout history contributed to the victory that would soon be ours. It was a collective victory with Martin Luther King Jr. having the honor of driving the nail through the coffin on Jim Crow. But after King was killed there was fear in the air because blacks had to wonder, What do we do now, and will there be strong black leaders to guide us into the next very important phase of our journey to American success?

The very first thing blacks noticed now that they could fully integrate with whites was a humongous cultural barrier, simply because the European and African culture was different as night and day. It's true that former slaves had been considered African Americans by now, but during slavery, they had not fully had a chance to learn and adapt to American culture. But after the movement many adapted very well.
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BLACKS RACE FOR AMERICAN SUCCESS
Hurdle#7 - Self Pity

Result - Work in Progress!!!!


It's a fact that blacks were more likely than whites to be married before the 1960s Civil Rights movement. During this time frame, even though blacks had less than whites, black couples chose marriage and stayed married through thick and thin. Divorce was uncommon. But this would shortly change after the movement.

Why so?

Because we were not prepared to compete with whites. Blacks and especially the black male as a leader now had opportunity looking him right in the face but was intimidated by the humongous white power structure that had been built during Jim Crow era.

Most failed to challenge it in an intelligent way like picking up a book, and the fact that he was a constant target of hate didn't help the cause either. Many men chose a life of foolish pleasure seeking as their main ambition in life and as one United States president called it, backward living.

So naturally this affected black marriages/family and black male/female relationships which would soon disintegrate. The black female who was less of a target of hate took the opportunity to achieve and soar like the eagles.

Instead of encouraging the black male to hit the books and learn all he could to compete in the race, many leaders failed us by preaching something was owed because of our ancestor's terrible treatment they endured during slavery. Welfare was another humongous blow for blacks because it made us dependant on the master (US Government) with a slave mentality and self-pity.

Our people have cleared each and every hurdle put before us. This is the first one we haven't defeated.
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Now what?

Most white Americans either by their silence or active participation were involved in the total and complete oppression of the black race from the 1870s up until the 1960s. It left our people far behind in every aspect of successful American living. We simply hadn't mastered the life skills needed to be productive and fruitful citizens.

Education is the one common denominator of American success that has nothing to do with race. It's a gift from God. Our ancestors in Africa didn't value education for its peoples as the Europeans, and that wasn't our fault.

It would be a waste not to use the precious gift of learning. But it's understandable the weaker ones of our race who had witnessed their parents and grandparents demoralized would grow to believe they were incapable of achieving.

Did you know in today's world, blacks who come to America as African immigrants out-perform all races academically? Google "African immigrants in college" Now if they can do, so can we. Skin color doesn't matter, you matter.

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The worst thing Jim Crow did for blacks is made many believe they were worthless and incapable. But there was a ray of hope because during the movement we bonded together for a common cause, which proved we could work together if we really wanted to. But after victory, we basically went our own selfish, separate ways, similar to the way our African ancestors lived.

After King died, black leaders made matters worse by preaching to blacks that something was owed to us because of the harsh reality of slavery our ancestors endured, which was probably right in a fair world, but highly unlikely in this one. The weaker ones thought they hit pay dirt by receiving a check from the government without working.

The U.S. government provided welfare and other programs which actually stunted black American's growth. Welfare is a good temporary program, but many blacks began making a career out of the system instead of going to school and achieving? Our own leaders failed to preach to blacks about hard work and the benefits of it, probably because they didn't want to lose black favor.

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Actually, we were bamboozled by our own leaders which changed the face of oppression to both a black and white one. Our black leaders were essentially telling us we couldn't achieve and to feel sorry for ourselves, and even the whites were telling us we weren't capable of achieving which most uneducated blacks believed hook, line, and sinker and became happy with handouts.

But the facts today show both these faces of oppression were dead wrong. Look at the millions of successful black men and women today in America. Can you imagine one of them being on welfare?

This is why to post Civil Rights leaders eventually faded from view because they failed to take the baton from Martin Luther Kings death and usher our people into the next phase of this all important race, which meant not only bringing up the subject of education but continuing to do so.

In time our people had grown lazy with handouts and didn't want to talk about education which was desperately needed to compete and win in this rigged race.

President Obama has helped much with his examples of success, but he's a leader for all races, and he must be. Our situation in America is more unique than any other race.

So how do we achieve success, and exactly who do we listen to for guidance in today's world?

One thing is for sure we must do as every other ethnic group has done in America for success, and that's doing it together. That's a huge challenge! Other races marvel at our complete lack of cohesion. We inherited these bad qualities from our African ancestors. It's absolutely true our race has historically disliked and mistrusted one another.

In Africa during slavery there were over 10,000 different tribes and tongues always fighting one another which made it extremely easy for Europeans to dominate us, simply because Africans didn't band together, form a plan and fight back. Is it a curse?

Today, it's very clear that entertainers, sports figures and especially rappers and hip/hoppers are the new black leaders. We don't give much weight to any other group.

Sadly many black entertainers in a position to help our race either don't acknowledge, don't know or have forgotten where they came from. Of course, black parents are the most important role models, but can't compete against this powerful group of black leaders, and quite honestly shouldn't have too.

Take for instance the beautiful black women in reality shows who curse and claw at each other half naked to teach our young women their version of American success. Young black girls are watching and imitating them, but it seems we could care less. The paycheck is more important.

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Civil Rights leader, Ida B. Wells was a wildcat and didn't take any mess, she would have definitely had issues with these women today. (humor) Google her story, and maybe you will fall in love with her like we did.

Her life was in constant danger because she spoke up for all of us, and this is how we repay her and countless others who were positive influences on our race? The truth of the matter is if it weren't for brave unselfish people like Ida, there wouldn't be blacks on reality shows, we could literally still be in the cotton fields.

Don't forget our young men watching the show who haven't quite figured out life, and has to wonder to himself if this is the type of woman I have to choose from America's dating pool? Is this what's waiting for me?

Well, I'm not a prude but I want better. I believe sexual situations between lovers is special and shouldn't be flaunted for the whole world to see on television, and especially our young women to copy. I want a Ida. B. Wells type of lady. I think I'll pass on the reality type chicks!

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Amazing Civil Rights leaders from Frederick Douglass, Ida B. Wells, A. Phillip Randolph down to Martin Luther King Jr. and much more did their job in creating the favorable laws so we could fairly run this American race for success. They did it for the group, but since the sixties and without their moral guidance and leadership it became every man for himself without consideration of our brother. Example.

Everyone loves rap music, few can sit still to a good beat. But what about the message?

This explains much about the dismal state of mind many of us are in. These lyrics aid in creating a climate of selfishness, something owed to us, self-pity and worthlessness. These are the ones a huge segment of our community listen to for advice and education. But if they take this type of street Negro education to the American workforce, they wouldn't get through the front door, and it would have absolutely nothing to do with racism.

Typical lyrics in a rap song are about making money, love of money, out-shining your brother and flaunting success in his face, taking from a brother, envious of a brother, hating on a brother, and even killing a brother. Rarely any mention of loving and helping a brother or reading a book to get smarter. That wouldn't be cool to rap about and would be looked down upon and made fun of ones that did, similar to crabs in a bucket story.

crab mentality Crab mentality, sometimes referred to as crabs in the bucket, is a way of thinking best described by the phrase, "if I can't have it, neither can you." The metaphor refers to a bucket or pot of crabs. Individually, the crabs could easily escape from the pot, but instead, they grab at each other in a useless "king of the hill" competition which prevents any from escaping and ensures their collective demise. The analogy in human behavior is claimed to be that members of a group will attempt to negate or diminish the importance of any member who achieves success beyond the others, out of envy, spite, conspiracy, or competitive feelings, to halt their progress.


Who profits?

The lyrical poets who make these songs and receive huge sums of money living in a different and better zip code than ours.

Does their lyrics promote true community and brotherhood or fear and hate? What if a lover of their product decided to better himself by picking up a book, would he be looked down upon and clowned as acting white or not cool? We need cohesion, not division. Don't you agree?

Every other race in the world would have helped their own by extending a hand to the weaker ones, but not blacks. We've always mistrusted and hated one another and continue to do so to this very day.

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The self-hate and self-pity in our race have recycled itself from generation to generation. Why couldn't one's who have benefited from the movement unite under ONE BANNER to help our own? Unless we live on another planet it's obvious to see they are badly struggling and have been doing so since the sixties.

It's possible to unite in creating schools in every big American city for the black male to teach him the American standard, and tips and instructions how to cope with other races who surely dislikes him in the workplace and on the street. Since he is especially hated and targeted in America, he needs to feel loved and especially targeted in a positive way. Teach him the benefits of honor and integrity, traits our African American ancestors possessed in abundance. The black family starts with him and would benefit greatly with his success.

It's possible to give from our hearts without expecting anything back monetarily. Payback would be in the form of viewing the wonderful results, which would be smart productive black men equipped to compete for American success.


Many have become successful in this race for American success, but there are still too many who are struggling and limping to the finish line. As noted earlier the most important component for success in this race is education, and that will never, never, never, never change.

You have to know what you're talking about, and it has to be correct. We're not going to be victorious without it, and once we learn to recognize the importance of it, we'll have the hardest part defeated. It will make it much easier to compete in this rigged race for American success to achieve and soar like the eagles. You can do it!

THIS RACE IS STILL IN PROGRESS




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