EBOOK Sweet Release: The Last Step to Black Freedom

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EBOOK Sweet Release: The Last Step to Black Freedom

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African-Americans have come a long way in the difficult upward struggle from slavery to the relatively broad freedoms enjoyed today. Together as a potent and well-knit group, they have battled endlessly in their march toward freedom.

Having attained physical and political freedom, the time has come for African-Americans to take the last step to total freedom against African-american struggles. And that last step is psychological freedom. But, in contrast to our past achievements, that last step must be taken as individuals and not as a collective.

Key Takeaways

  • In his assessment of the problems and potentials facing African-Americans, Dr. Davison argues that in order for achieving individuals to advance to the final step of freedom, they must break free from the mental shackles created by the African-American community. That is, they must break free from African-American persons, African-American myths, and African-American traditions that impede their personal progress.

  • The forces that impinge most upon psychological freedom for African-Americans come from within the community and within our psyches.

  • Guilt for being successful, shame in reaction to the misbehaviors of race peers, demands to give back to the community, and accusations of trying to be white are just a few of the mechanisms that thwart psychological freedom for African-American individuals.

  • Dr. Davison argues that individual lifestyles, aspirations, and even identities are constrained by the specter of racial unity for African-Americans. As a result, for African-Americans who are advancing, what remains to be overcome is not “the system” or “them”, but internalized community attitudes that put a choke hold on individual freedom.