Many who have migrated to the shores of the United States of America have shared these same thoughts when striving to improve the quality of their life through hard work.
While many who were born and raised in America will never know how much of a fight it can be sometimes to even make it through the grueling immigration process to finally get here, the general feeling is that most do not understand how many opportunities are here and take for granted the things here that are so freely given away.
So when you have a naturalized individual who arrives here to America with all of the enthusiasm to achieve a new life with absolutely no limits, you also may have an individual who appears to them to not have enough fire in their belly and is content to sit back and take the easy route for the most part. The worst of which will settle for doing nothing with their lives as they settle for what they can get from a small welfare check.
So now with the difference in mentalities diametrically opposed to one another, the friction between them will erupt on jobs, churches and many places where there is a regular contact which will place a wedge between them as the American born person will feel that this foreigner is trying to make all of the money and take all of the jobs while that so called “foreigner” will think the least of them for not taking their lives into their own hands as they complain their day away.
This for many years specifically has been an issue between those Blacks who have migrated from the various islands of the Caribbean and those who classify themselves as African American. Now, if the truth be told, if you were to survey many people who broadly fall into these two categories you will probably receive many different responses because you also have those African Americans like myself who have parents or a parent of Caribbean descent but were born here yet understand both mindsets and mentalities.
Granted, being born in the Caribbean does not mean that one possesses an overwhelming zeal to succeed because the fact of the matter is that many ambitious immigrants from the islands will tell you of the multitudes of lazy people that they left behind “back home.”
When you see the first people in a family who has crossed the shores to claim America as their home, you are viewing the most ambitious of their clan because it takes so much fire in the belly to make such a drastic change and go through the culture shock that be crippling to say the least. After that first wave of enthused immigrants arrive it is then that the riff raff will follow after a way has been made initially by those who were more disciplined and responsible.
So when you see the ever growing Caribbean communities thrive shortly after the first have come, shortly afterward you will see the crime there grow to nuisance proportions because of that no good lazy drunk Uncle or that fast club hopping irresponsible Sister who got a free pass to come here because of the hard work and sweat of her sibling.
On the other hand you have hard working ambitious African Americans who would sincerely be insulted at the hint of their being classified as a lazy person. Yes, we have challenges here in the African American community when it comes to crime, unemployment, drugs, incarceration and climbing illiteracy rates, but we still have an overwhelming amount of law abiding, deceit, ambitious stellar pillars of society and fine examples of what a model citizen should be.
So I’ve said ALL of this to ask you one thing, how much credibility or validity does the show topic’s title have?
Is there any truth to it?
Should we be asking it in the first place?
Is focusing on it really a distraction to divide us ultimately?
Or should we dialogue on these perceptions and do away with these negative stigmas right away so that they don’t linger on and cause major problems down the road for a unified community that will suffer together under racism as we are all one nation in the human family?
Tune in no matter WHO you are and let us bring these perceptions to a head and deal with the raw truth!
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