Slavery, Hinduism, and the Fast Women
When a family declines, ancient traditions are destroyed. With them are lost the spiritual foundations for life and the family loses its sense of unity. Where there is no sense of unity, the women of the family become corrupt; and with the corruption of women, society is plunged into chaos – Bhagavad Gita
The previous quote is from a Hindu scripture written 3,000 years ago. With the consistent rise of single parent homes, teenage pregnancy, and the incarceration of young black men; most would agree that currently there is a steady decline in the Black family and Black Community. Many of us have seen or heard television and radio personalities blame schools, the governments, or even fast food, but what is the real reason Black people seem to be disproportionately on a crash course for extinction?
The answer seems to be slavery and assimilation into American Culture. Have you ever wondered why so many immigrants have come to America with nothing and within a generation or two become successful i.e. Indians, Chinese, Russians, Italians, and soon the Mexicans. Slavery in America ended 7 generations ago yet African Americans have not excelled nearly as fast as the aforementioned ethnicities. Why?
The answer is unity, culture, and a family structure. By the end of slavery, the African hostages spoke only English and no longer had any cultural ties to Africa. Their Ancient traditions were completely destroyed. The Africans took on their captors’ culture and religion. The began to idolize their captors and disassociate with their ancestors’ homeland. In the early 1900 and again during the Civil Rights Movements Black Leaders emerged to promote unity and culture but unfortunately they were either murdered and/or betrayed.
In a society where little girls aspire to be hip hop video dancers and strippers are the new fitness gurus, corruption is thought to be at an all time high. Many factors attribute to the corruption of today’s woman but none as significant as the assimilation to a materialistic American culture that objectifies woman and promotes careers over domestic duties. Today, the most ruthless, materialistic, “gold-digger” is revered on television and in magazines while women who seek a traditional role are ostracized. In former times, women sacrificed their own dreams and aspirations for the solidarity of the family.
Black men are being murdered and imprisoned at astonishing rates and Black women are contracting HIV and AIDS more than any other group. The support from family is decreasing while the number of obstacles to success are increasing.
Can unity and culture reverse this vicious cycle? Is it even possible? What do you think?