Alumnus’s book says blacks cause own self-destruction

In the book, “Why All Black People are Coming to an End: A Suigenocide in Progress,” author and FAMU alumnus Clinton L. Black explains how the combined actions of white and black people continue to destroy the black race.

The book offers knowledge and solutions to black people on putting an end to “suigenocide,” a combination of the words suicide and genocide, referring to the self-destruction of blacks.

The author said he feels black people have started a massive financial and social self-destruction movement in many ways.To prove his point, Black discussed issues such as black-on-black crime, the lack of black professionals in America, black people being each other’s biggest enemy and the AIDS “demon.”

Black said prior to the assassination of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. in 1968, “Black people had to stick together in order to overcome the white man’s draconian violence, slavery, oppression, racism, lynching segregation and discrimination.”

Following King’s death, he said, the U.S. government’s desegregation of public places was detrimental to black people because blacks no longer felt the need to keep black-owned businesses afloat.

“Our productive self-reliance, which was absolutely essential to our very survival and reproduction, is now completely abandoned,” Black said.

Black states in his book that black-on-black crime and “crabs-in-a-bucket disease” are the most devastating forces on today’s black people. 

The disease metaphorically compares crabs pulling one another down when one is at the top of a bucket to black people not being able to see one another succeed. 

Instead, like a crab, black people try to bring successful black people down.

Black said he feels this hate against one another is destroying the entire black race.  In the book, he says white people’s discrimination is dangerous, but black people’s suigenocide is more potent.

“Black people’s worst enemy is other black people,” Black said. The book references statistics that show black men commit 60 percent of all robberies, 33 percent of all rapes and 51 percent of all violent crimes committed in America.

“A black person murders another black person about every hour in America,” Black said.

Beside black people’s violent actions toward themselves, the book discusses the lack of black professionals in America.

The author said black women are graduating from graduate and professional schools 300 percent more than black men.

Black also said the gap in graduation rates causes a “financial and educational imbalance crisis.”  Consequently, black women become turned off from marriage and having children. 

“The two most powerful women in the world, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Oprah Winfrey, have not yet married, and time has already run out on their biological clocks to have children,” Black said.

Black also attributed HIV/AIDS to the downfall of the black race.  More than 250,000 black people have died from AIDS in America. This disease is the No.1 cause of death for black Americans between the ages of 25 and 44.

“Why All Black People are Coming to an End” concludes with the “Black Man’s Allegiance,” a list of 10 rules the author thinks blacks should abide by in life in order to succeed.

The book introduces many important issues that will educate readers.  Black offers insight on how blacks can end suigenocide.

But in an attempt to prove his point, Black’s idea of black people’s oppression becomes somewhat redundant. Rather than pointing out positive aspects of the black community, Black continuously discusses the negative.   

But on the contrary, the book’s negative insight about the black community can be viewed, in a sense, as constructive criticism.  Hearing and realizing what is going on in the black community might spark positive change.

The book shares with its readers important facts they may not know, but it fails to bridge these thoughts. 

To successfully grasp the readers’ attention, the book should have had better structure.

Overall, “Why All Black People are Coming to an End” is definitely worth reading, especially among the black community.