There is a so-called civil war on the rise in the black community. Is it real or is it just another device used by those in power to keep us divided and therefore, weakened? I don’t know if I would call it a civil war but there is certainly a divide between black people with a college education and those that only have a high school diploma or less.
Let me be clear, I’m not saying that one group is better than the other. What I am saying is that there are those who have their sights set on the future and there are others who are content to complain. In a perfect world, all black people would want to pursue a college education and attend an established university, but college may not be the right choice for some. There are other options, such as vocational schools, which offer valuable trade training that can prepare a person to succeed by providing them with the necessary skills and knowledge that they will need to get a good paying job.
That isn’t to say that having a college degree is the beginning and end to all, but in this day and age, a person must have more than a simple high school diploma or GED under their belt. Nowadays, more and more companies are seeking college graduates with degree’s, especially those with a master’s degree. We need to push our community to do better and work harder, not just settle for whatever comes our way. Change, however, doesn’t happen overnight. If we want to see more black folks in leadership and corporate positions, then we need more members of our community to pursue a higher education. Protesting, prayer, and boycotting is effective in some ways but in the end, it will only take you so far. We must do more than complain about the state of the black community and start doing things that will bring about change in the community.
You can’t complain about not being offered the job if you go into the interview unprepared and not qualified for the job that you seek. We can’t expect more from our community without giving more to it. If we want to stop police brutality against young African American men and women, we need to get more African men and women on the police force. If we want to change the judicial system, we need more African American judges and attorneys to work within that system. If we want economic power, we must support locally black-owned businesses. If we want social change, we must vote in federal and more importantly local elections.
Protest without action to back it up will has little to no effect. Let our voices be our power. The divide-and-conquer tactic is as old as conflict itself. There are differences within the black community for sure, we are not a monolithic group, but we are certainly not as divided as they would have us believe.