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Not long ago a reader left a brief but cutting comment, a question really, “Black Ethnicity, what have we got so much to celebrate? I hate black.” Normally we dump these hateful reminders of people who still exist who find it easier to say “I hate…” We published it with a response here and we promised ourselves we would take up this question of pride in future posts.
I doubt there is another ethnic group in existence that uses this adjective as much as we do. We are proud to be Black, proud of our African ancestry, proud of our Black ethnicity, proud of our kinky hair, proud of our black skin, etc. We here on the blog gave space to this reader’s comment to open discussion about why we’re proud of, who we really are and just dive a little deeper. I always like to play with my own perceptions to see if they are true or if they are just leading me to a false sense of security and, in this sense, pride.
Pride can be a two edged sword. It is certainly not a highly esteemed quality in the Bible, for instance. Pride in the Holy Scriptures is usually linked to egotism, self-will, selfishness, and self justification. Not at all the kind of meaning we, in our present moment in time, associate with pride.
Proverbs 8:13 The fear of the LORD is to hate evil: PRIDE, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the froward mouth, do I hate.
Proverbs 11:2 When PRIDE cometh, then cometh shame: but with the lowly is wisdom.
Proverbs 16:18 PRIDE goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.
I believe we need to rethink how we feel about ourselves and reexamine the kinds of values we as Black Panamanian Westindian descendants hold dear. As I have reiterated in this blog journal in the accounts of my family history and the many friends and foes I met along the way growing up in Panama City streets, not everything that your ancestors leave you in the way of values is worthy of pride or propagation. There are many spiritual treasures, however, that they did leave us as I have tried to bring out in this blog.
We have become fanatical about caring for our heritage and in this we take great pride, great pains and much time and labor. Right now we are going about getting support for the restoration and preservation of our Silver Ancestors’ burial grounds which are in no way evidence of pride but of shame and neglect.
We really have taken up the mission to not allow the memory and heritage of our Westindian forefathers in Panama die out as if they never existed nor did anything of great value for our country, the U.S. and we, their descendants.
With this I ask you if pride in such things as physical appearance, hairstyle, African garb, the kind of car you drive, or pride in having money in the bank is a measure of your sense of pride, go deeper. If it isn’t and you want to redeem the memory of the people who really left you something to be proud of, think about sending us a small donation and do it since we are caring for knowledge of self and tending to the vindication of our ancestors.
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