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Releasing the Shackles

  • By Nakita Wanza
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  • October 13, 2014
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“I love you.” “You are beautiful/handsome.” “You are smart.” These words should be the first affirmations a child should receive from their parents. However, in today’s society the affirmations are few and far between. Or the child is only affirmed by one parent and not the other.

As I watched the conclusion to Iyanla’s Fix my Life with Jay and other broken men, I have a better understanding as to why the cycle of pain in the black community has continued past the slave quarters. I believe we still have the slave mentality of “making babies for master!” Our ancestors had no choice in the matter since they were forced to leave their homes and embark on a horrible and inhumane journey to only arrive in hell on earth. But we do. We have to make a conscious decisions to stop the cycle and do better! Some may ask, how do we change a pattern of behavior that has been imbedded since slavery? One day at a time!

The task to changing ones mentality cannot be done overnight nor can it be done alone. A person needs God, prayer, forgiveness, understanding and support to release the shackles of a mental state that has been engrained in our minds for over 300 years.

Why has slavery played such a prevalent role in the state of the black community? Because there is pain there. There is a hurt of leaving our land, family, language and having to acclimate to a society that treats us like hired help. We don’t have a true connection to this nation because our ancestors were brought here against their will. So, in order to regain our families and communities we have to start within ourselves. We have to start healing the hurt from within which will then bleed into our bleak communities. Which in return we will be able to start reaffirming our children and change our communities forever.

“You have seen how a man was made a slave; you shall see how a slave was made man.”- Frederick Douglas

 

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Nakita Wanza

Nakita Wanza, founder of The Ladder House, an organization that motivates, encourages and inspires girls who come from Daddyless homes to love themselves and value their self-worth. She has over 13 years in higher education and served in numerous roles. Ms. Wanza has a Bachelor’s of Arts Degree in General Communications and a Master’s of Arts in Counseling from Prairie View A&M University.

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