I ran across this video of Dr. Boyce Watkins, who I admit to being a fan of, where he said that black people are trained to be hopeless. That actually got my attention immediately and I had to stop what I was doing to listen. I had to actually think deeply about this one and really ponder it.
I know tons of people that do seem to be stuck in a hopeless state and I'm now thinking whether or not there is something to them to be trained to feel that way. As a self proclaimed optimist I have always been bothered by people that can only see the negative in every situation. Because I'm so different I just naturally assumed that I was born this way and now I have to wonder if I was trained to think positive while others have been trained to be hopeless. Now before I can discount this idea completely I do have to admit that culture is important. As a youth basketball coach I know that there is such a thing as a winning culture. A system and way of doing things that will lead to winning more often than losing. So it stands to support the idea that there could be people that were raised in households where the culture was that of hopelessness.
Even though I was raised by a single mom on welfare and we literally went without bare necessities for weeks on end, the one thing that my mom did instill in my siblings and me was HOPE. She taught me that I can do all things and that I'm on overcomer. So I'd say that even if a person is not being trained directly to be hopeless that indirectly if they don't have someone in their corner instilling hope, or if their not immersed in a culture that teaches the power of positive thinking, they by default are being trained to be hopeless. Now whether Dr. Boyce Watkins is saying that we are taught to be hopeless with malicious intent...I'll let you be the judge of that. Check out this video and then leave me a comment and let me know your thoughts.
Dr. Boyce Watkins: How Black People Are Trained to be Helpless
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