Choice. Everyone has a choice. That’s what I tell myself, as I bear witness to the endless cycle of camouflaged slavery. The existence of slavery forces our country to reveal the unjust reality, of those within the African American (Black) culture; my culture. In reality, there are many occasions were black people don’t have a choice. The prevailing interpretation of choice, “The act of picking or deciding between two or more possibilities.” God created humanity and blessed us with the ability to choose. We all have the ability to make and process decisions; however, blacks do not have the same possibilities to choose from. Not having two or more possibilities is where the problem lies. Options have been taken from us, because of the continuous cycle of slavery. Boundaries condemn and deny African Americans the right to choose, taking away any choice we once had.
Those who don’t understand my reasoning, or feel unsympathetic to this oppressed life style, are not exempt from having a superiority complex. As I’ve come to know the hand holding the whip, I’ve seen many people blame blacks for our enslaved mindset, “All black people have to do, is make a choice to be different. They need to stop being lazy, because they are no different than anyone else. Why do they think they deserve government assistance? Why are they all such violent criminals?”. Due to this kind of thinking, majority of my culture has fallen victim to these statistics.
Dear White People, I’d like to you invite you into the mind of the oppressed. Open your mind to the possibility, which is, your naive superiority syndrome has caused what is in effect. Your chains and whips, have become food stamps and welfare. Your corn fields and sugar plantations, have become ghettos and prisons. The repeated cycle of oppression, has become evidence. Proving black people don’t always have a choice to better our circumstances. Repeatedly having our choice striped away, allows me to believe, none of us are free until we are all freed. Freedom comes when a choice is available, “Nobody can give you freedom. Nobody can give you equality or justice or anything. If you’re a man, you take it.” (Malcolm X)
Some people make it out of the ghetto; however, many fall victim to the struggle. A rare case of success, does not compare to the reality of oppression. For instance, a black student is deemed successful by the dominant white culture, who falsely identifies themselves with the student as equivalent. A wolf in sheep’s clothing. While still remaining sovereign, the dominant culture secures its position limiting the subject’s options. This includes supervision, conditions, and set boundaries, which ultimately voids the freedom and choice the student once had.
It is said, everyone has a choice. My opinion on the matter is hardly black and white. Truth is somethings will always be out of range for black people. Due to the boundaries set, we don’t have equal opportunity, which means we don’t have the same options. Conditions of choices rarely allow blacks to advance in today’s society. To say all people, have freedom of choice, is a terribly naïve state of mind. The freedom to choose is a privilege not granted to most of us, it is shown as history repeats its self, denying any possibility for change.