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Why Are You Concerned About Black America:
I am concerned about black America because I still feel we have not evolved holistically, spiritually and psychologically as a people since our shipment to America. I feel the norms, belief systems, values, and our whole way of life has been misshapen by slavery. Everything that came from that horrific guise and experience is still being passed down to future black American generations, all the way down to our thought processes. We are still victims, not only by the hands of society, but by our own hands as well.This, the affects of slavery, and slavery in and of itself, that whole vile institution, is the very reason the problems that exist today amongst black America, are still manifest today. Take Ebonics, as it is called, or black English, for example and ask yourself how it is it evolved and how it still exists today. When you have poor Anglo-American or Caucasian slave owners from the south, referred to as “white trash” or “red-necks” in the heinous, ugly sense, who are the example for which black slaves learn English, and that same broken English is passed down from generation to generation, as we are first taught to speak from our parents, who were taught by their parents, is it any wonder?

The fact that a good majority of black women perm their hair, wear weaves or wigs to adopt the western civilization’s standard of beauty, to fit it, to gain acceptance, to adapt or assimilate further into American culture stems from the same sentiment since slavery of which our pigmentation and physical features were denounced, our hair was nappy, our noses were too broad and over pronounced, our gluteus maximus too big, etc., etc… non-acceptance of self…

The reason why the statistic that 70% of black women are single, stems from the same, as manifested in the “Willie Lynch Letter: The Making of a Slave”, specifically: “The Breaking Process of the African Woman” and “The Negro Marriage”.

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“Continually through the breaking of uncivilized savage niggers, by throwing the nigger female savage into a frozen psychological state of independence, by killing the protective male image, and by creating a submissive dependent mind of the nigger male slave, we have created an orbiting cycle that turns on its own axis forever, unless a phenomenon occurs and re-shifts the position of the male and female slaves.”

The reason black men are victims of the brutal abuses of this society, ranging from wrongful imprisonment, police brutality, racial profiling, racial discrimination in the workforce, the highest suicide and death rates, etc., etc. is personified and permeated by the same… Slavery, Slavery… The effects of slavery…

Is it possible to move forward, to abolish not only the shackles of slavery, not just to freedom, not just to prestige, acclaim and equal rights and opportunities, but to finally denounce the psychological shackles and after effects of the institution of slavery, or is there no possibility of healing from that…?

My concern for black America is that we still have the slave mentality and that we will pass it to our children’s children like a virus continually, “unless a phenomenon occurs” as Willie Lynch put it. It’s subconscious, subliminal, a psychological disorder that has been wired within us for over 300 years… will it take 300 years to reach sanity, to be mentally sound and complete and whole again? We all need to be concerned, to acknowledge it, to accept it, to own it, so we can resolve this plague, this virus, this mentality, and heal in order to evolve.

Fulfilling Martin Luther King, Jr.’s dream, accomplishing extraordinary feats or milestones, such as an African-American President, is not nearly enough… we need to change the psychological states of our minds as a people… That is my concern for black America.

Maryanne D. Brown Campbell is a poet, playwright, and author of “Food for the Soul” and “Serpentine Tongue”, available at;; and Barnes & Noble.