Black Studies Challenges

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There are many concepts discussed within Dr. Maulana Karenga’s book Introduction to Black Studies, but I will be thoroughly discussing Black Studies as a discipline, Black Liberation Theology, Black Womanist Theology, Religious Thrusts, the wealth and income and its influence on political empowerment, the reversal of ghettoization problem, economic and political empowerment of African Americans, Black on Black crime, Post-Traumatic Slave Syndrome, and Psychopathic Personality (2010). Fundamentally, I will discuss the challenges Black Studies creates for the traditional American education. Black Studies challenges the traditional education in every way. It challenges the fact that all knowledge is based on one particular race—White. Most of …show more content…
The traditional American education does not provide its learners with an education that will be useful in their lifetime. Instead of teaching important characteristics such as, leadership, equality, empowerment, and consciousness, the learners are fed information that promotes violence, inequality, the belittlement of others, and submission. A compelling factor of the traditional is that the purpose of knowledge is to teach the whole truth. This is engaging because the traditional American education it based on the many lies European told, and although there are other resources that state otherwise, the government controls what material is to be taught in the schools. This indicates that the education system is just another source to keep the population unconscious. If people become conscious of the wrong doings of the …show more content…
Many are skeptical of Black Studies, they believe that it is an ethnocentric study. In my opinion Black Studies does not promote ethnocentrism. For example, Black Studies shows how important other cultures are to the world other than Europeans. It focuses on Black and disproving European Studies, but the founders of Black Studies noted that it is not to make Black culture more important than any other culture (Karenga, 2010). As I aforementioned, Black Studies purpose is to correct or disprove current “facts” that were “found” by Europeans. It challenges all current facts, to broaden the knowledge and add another perspective to the “only perspective” that many American know. Preceding is Black Liberation Theology is described as “a doctrine of God committed to the liberation of Black people” (Karenga, 2010). Two leading proposer of Black Liberation Theology are James Cone and Albert Cleage Jr (Karenga, 2010). These two figure heads fought for the relevance of Black Liberation Theology and some question the relevance of it in this day. In my opinion, Black Liberation Theology is relevant and could be used today—as in resources of church social justice and injustices. In today’s time I do not know how effective it would be, which could cause it to

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