Black Men : What happened to passing down/sharing knowledge for living?

NyneElementz

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Before you read this, I want everyone to know that I don't expect that everyone sees things as I do. This is actually about sharing general knowledge between generations of men, such as saving, deciding to buy a house or rent an apartment, ficing minor car problems, choosing a mechanic, you know, things that help us plan our lives out.

I ask this because it seems a lot of brothers younger than I am are hungry for this knowledge and often remarks that noone tells them about things like that. I personally was happy whenever I could sit at an elder's feet and learn some things. But lately, I've seen more judgment and platitudes-preaching than willingness to teach, and I'm wondering why this is.

Brothers? Care to discuss this?
 

Omowale Jabali

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Before you read this, I want everyone to know that I don't expect that everyone sees things as I do. This is actually about sharing general knowledge between generations of men, such as saving, deciding to buy a house or rent an apartment, ficing minor car problems, choosing a mechanic, you know, things that help us plan our lives out.

I ask this because it seems a lot of brothers younger than I am are hungry for this knowledge and often remarks that noone tells them about things like that. I personally was happy whenever I could sit at an elder's feet and learn some things. But lately, I've seen more judgment and platitudes-preaching than willingness to teach, and I'm wondering why this is.

Brothers? Care to discuss this?

Back in the day young Brothers learned some things you mentioned from their Fathers, Uncles and church or community Elders, as well as taking shop classes in school. We worked as apprentices to these Elders in various trades.

This is no longer our reality. Too many of our youth are raised by single moms and we know the rest.
 

Omowale Jabali

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Back in the day young Brothers learned some things you mentioned from their Fathers, Yncles and church or community Elders, as well as taking shop classes in school. We worked as apprentices to these Elders in various trades.

This is no longer our reality. Too many of our youth are raised by single moms and we know the rest.


By the way, as you may know, I am an educator, and as such, I often interact with my students on an intimate level discussing things with them that most of their teachers don't, because I am not in a public school setting. I share as much as I can while at the same time being careful not to overstep boundaries.
 

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Before you read this, I want everyone to know that I don't expect that everyone sees things as I do. This is actually about sharing general knowledge between generations of men, such as saving, deciding to buy a house or rent an apartment, ficing minor car problems, choosing a mechanic, you know, things that help us plan our lives out.

I ask this because it seems a lot of brothers younger than I am are hungry for this knowledge and often remarks that noone tells them about things like that. I personally was happy whenever I could sit at an elder's feet and learn some things. But lately, I've seen more judgment and platitudes-preaching than willingness to teach, and I'm wondering why this is.

Brothers? Care to discuss this?

I think the knowledge is over abundant out there in books. Yet Black bookstores are so out of vogue that even though they are overstocked with this knowledge, that there's no longer a culture of visiting our bookstores, these bookstores go out of fashion before they come into it.

Case and point, you'd more likely see a class go to a European Library than an African Bookstore. But even the former is rare.
 

Omowale Jabali

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Before you read this, I want everyone to know that I don't expect that everyone sees things as I do. This is actually about sharing general knowledge between generations of men, such as saving, deciding to buy a house or rent an apartment, ficing minor car problems, choosing a mechanic, you know, things that help us plan our lives out.
"This is actually about sharing general knowledge between generations of men"

Between generations of MEN.

This is KNOWLEDGE that can not be found in books because it is the knowledge of "GENERATIONS of MEN" it is generally passed through Oral History (storytelling), a set of written 'Instructions' and apprenticeship. I learned from all three methods and often my disconnect with other Black MEN has to do with experiences that are different. I was taught by Generations of Black Men , as well as Black women, but was fortunate because my Father was a Black Genius- a craftsman, master builder and engineer- by profession. My Dad was a 'true' Illuminator- not that Masonic ritual craft- He was a senior and master Lighting Engineer. He constructed African themed lighting fixtures, hand made Ashanti Chieftan stools, made clay and wood replicas of Ife, Benin and Nok artifacts. He also taught me painting, brick laying, housing constructing, drafting and architectural design, and I am talking about before the age of 14.
 

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