Editor, The Commercial:
The Ethnic and Racial Conference was educational, and it was indeed confirmed that racial barriers do exist in Pine Bluff. Regardless of how many signs that are put up, the problem will not be alleviated until a proper correction of our history is taught, where we come from, who we are, our language, and the reality of our real culture.
As W.E.B. Dubois stated in his book: “We as Black Folks have two souls.” We need to read his book: “The Two Souls of Black Folks,” which is a very mind-awakening book. Notice the “Thou Shall Not Kill” and the “365 Days of Peace” signs; they are good signs, but neither will exist until we come into the aforementioned reality.
This is serious; those of us who claim to know the truth, need the truth adage: “Know Thine Self” and “To Thine Self be True.” Is Egypt in Africa, or is Africa in Egypt? That is a good question. Some who are so educated may not think so because they don’t know either. Africa isn’t the real name! What’s the name? Self improvement comes from within, and starts with us; no one else can straighten out or solve our problems but us, and they are not that difficult to solve. We need to discuss economics, and how to become producers; if we are not producers and not educated, we’re still slaves to the very system that enslaved us.
Our discussions need to be more significant and real! By Almighty God’s (Allah’s) permission, we will have another Ethnic and Racial Conference! Thanks to the panelists for their participation; I appreciate you for participating.
Barbara Blunt Muhammad