PREPARATION TO HELP STRUGGLING BLACK YOUTH (2)
There are many reasons for relating my story of getting prepared to help struggling Black youth. First is to share pertinent discoveries of African Tradition and Slave Survivals with the many Black adults who carry forth those “ME/WE” concepts. Yet, the associated problems and their situations are of such great magnitude as to overwhelm potential helpers. This is not to say I have all the “what to do” answers but rather certain diagnostic and management things geared to Black youth’s struggles are outstanding in my life’s work. By having lived among some, treated some, helped some, and observed many, I know how great these youth are and that their offensive presentations by Europeans have nothing to do with the Truth. It is a practice of these Europeans to engage in “Contrary Fantasy Opposites”—i.e. the “how great we are and how bad they are”—when in reality the opposite is true. Second, it is extremely difficult to find Truthful Black History and the process for doing so is very complex. Third is to stress the necessity for top Black African Tradition philosophy Scholars to get together in “Think-Tank” fashion to decide a course of putting struggling Black youth on the path to rekindling their Genius imparted in the Genetics of their super-brilliant Ancient African Ancestors. Fourth, Compassion and tolerance comes from being aware of just how devastating it is to struggle needlessly and through no fault of ones own. The C14 English bland definition for the word “Struggle” is the “str-” referring to the time, energy, and effort involved in the flawed processes for “Surviving” and “Striving”. Its sense is that if there is no struggle, there is no progress. But for Black People in a “bottomless” pit, there are no words to even give a general concept of what their struggle is like.
Crudely, that struggle can be analogized to being trapped in a net while chained inside a prison cell, half filled with water while upside down and then trying to survive without any help. For such struggling people, there is an absence of the Spiritual Energy Package consisting of dedication, commitment, loyalty, determination, persistence, and perseverance to not give up—to never succumb to attractive distractions–to always give ones best effort—and to achieve the goal in the most efficient and effective manner. Neither do they see any necessity to Thrive and have a sense of Well-Being because all of ones efforts are spent mustering what it takes to have the “Strength” to survive day-to-day. Onlookers have no pity. Upon entering racism ‘face-to-face’ while attending the University of Michigan as a freshman in college, I had to immediately learn to be a self-sustaining Isolated Individualist—meaning in addition to pursuing my life’s course to become a physician, I had to battle racist “alligators” along the way. That tornado calmed after 20 years of education, training, and medical practice. But during that time, as part of the “WE” portion of “ME/WE,” I recorded “defining moments” pertaining to overcoming overwhelming obstacles as well as what it took for Black youth to become successful in a hostile White society. Despite there being no time for me to actively engage in trying to help struggling Black youth, I could still prepare with the foundational “defining moments” lessons I learned so as to share those with anyone interested in being a Mentor. Without recording them completely, I would have forgotten details of my struggles that might have given youth insights for necessary corrections. All of my notes were kept in paper bags, only to be destroyed by my apartment flooding just before I needed them.
This scenario started a never ending series of “losses, lack, and obstacles” of things I had to handle, but without losing a step towards my goal. For example, it has been the norm for people to steal, destroy, and put blocks along my path—all apart from dealing with racist “alligators” and trying to figure out how to best help struggling Black youth. These were good teaching experiences. I learned not to grieve for what is unavoidable but instead to prepare by minimizing my losses. I learned never to blame anybody for anything because that would take away my thought power for the best way to start rebuilding with what was left from those losses. This included not blaming myself if I had done the best I could under the circumstances. Yet, it was fundamental for me to learn the lessons and put in plans for me to prevent the situation from ever happening again. And, if a mistake occurred by me or others, to ensure it would not be duplicated. All of these lessons contribute to getting onto the path of Common Sense. That denotes pursuing the best ends by the best means. jabaileymd.com
Joseph A. Bailey II, MD, FACS
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