Black People : Building Up or Tearing Down

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Hello Family,

I was just browsing the Religion and Spirituality Forum, and couldn't help but notice how one's "religion" is often used to tear down another's "religion."

I thought ... surely they must recognize that whatever their "religion" is ... they make it (and themselves) look bad, by tearing down another. Oftentimes defeating their own purpose of drawing folk to them, building up.

Then i thunk ... this happens everywhere.

There are several references to White folk here, like ... honkey, cracker, whitey, etc. ... tearing them down, while building us up?

Can both take place simultaneously?

We also have many that find it easy to tear down a Sister or Brother, and out of that same mouth, comes words like i love my people.

Can we build with one hand, and tear down with the other?

Does the tearing down, cancel out or diminish, the building up?

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Peace

Sometimes the only way you can build something of worth is to first tear down the old institutions and beliefs that have hindered us.

But I think it's masculine instinct to a certain extent to "challenge" eachother on religion, politicl beliefs...whatever.

It's a way of flexing and showing off.
 

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as this question relates to white folks, IMHO, when someone has their foot on your neck on a daily basis, you can do one or two different things. you can get use to that foot on your neck and live life the best way you can or you can try to knock the cat with the foot on your neck on their back. i'm still under the belief that it is impossible for a black person to be racist when it concerns white people. our so called racist views are nothing more then a defense mechanism.

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Ralfa'il said:
But I think it's masculine instinct to a certain extent to "challenge" each other on religion, political beliefs...whatever.

It's a way of flexing and showing off.
that's what little boys do.
men don't need to do that.

the sister has a point.
i have always marveled at the ability some have to fight among their selves over nothing.
we really do need to build up in a positive manner.
 

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Destee said:
Hello Family,

I was just browsing the Religion and Spirituality Forum, and couldn't help but notice how one's "religion" is often used to tear down another's "religion."

I thought ... surely they must recognize that whatever their "religion" is ... they make it (and themselves) look bad, by tearing down another. Oftentimes defeating their own purpose of drawing folk to them, building up.

Then i thunk ... this happens everywhere.

There are several references to White folk here, like ... honkey, cracker, whitey, etc. ... tearing them down, while building us up?

Can both take place simultaneously?

We also have many that find it easy to tear down a Sister or Brother, and out of that same mouth, comes words like i love my people.

Can we build with one hand, and tear down with the other?

Does the tearing down, cancel out or diminish, the building up?

:heart:

Destee
Oh, Lil Mama, there you go making a brother THINK again... (smile!)

However...I did dig what Ralfa'il said about destroying the old to bring in the new... Makes perfect sense...

But, Destee, are you asking a question of a different order here??? I remember that back in the day, I was faced with this question as a member of the NOI... I saw cats get spanked(physically) for violations of the rules - and sometimes when they'd violated no rules at all... Just ghetto thugs exercising some flex for the first time in their lives... Needless to say, it disgusted me to know we were kicking more Black *** than White ***, and doing precisely what you mentioned - tearing down while claiming to build up...

We know in our viscera, our gut, which of these is applicable to our actions, but not enough of us apply that aspect of ourselves(unconscious mind/Intuition)in our interactions with one another... Maybe your posing this question will give more of us pause to RESPECT(RE= again/SPECTOS=to look) ourselves and our brethren, and not trespass against their legitimate beliefs and perspectives???

Peace!
Isaiah
 
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