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What Is Black Consciousness?

Black Consciousness

What is Black Consciousness?

Black Consciousness is an active process by which Black people are endeavoring to achieve liberty in equilibrium with other races as we simultaneously increase our self awareness to keep pace with the collective awareness of humanity itself. In other words, Black Consciousness is either personal or universal psychological improvement according to our level and willingness to engage with the life process.

Consciousness is the mental state of being self aware and cognitive. Consciousness has also been appropriated by Black people to represent a person who has taken control of his/her life and choices for self improvement and to fight back against the man-made inequities in life. Black people have suffered greatly in this life, mostly due to our own inability to adapt to change in order to master adversity. Black consciousness is a classification of the process of our awakening.  

Personal consciousness involves recognizing the obstacles that hinder our pursuit of liberty and happiness in life. Those obstacles may either be personal or external. Personal obstacles may include lack of confidence and self discipline while external obstacles may include racism and discrimination. External obstacles are out of our control and can only be dealt with by first addressing our internal obstacles.

Self-discipline and self-confidence are two of the most important characteristics that a Black person can possess. Self-discipline is the ability to use ones Mind to control ones Brain. Self-confidence is the ability to use ones Mind to conquer ones Fears. As is evident, both traits depend on the Mind therefore the development of a strong Mind is key to the development of one’s individual consciousness.  

Universal Black consciousness involves unifying like-minded Black conscious people in an endeavor to achieve a condition of liberty and happiness for the Black race. Unfortunately, that has not been a very successful task to achieve due to the religious, political, cultural, and ideological divisions that exist within the Black race. Although our differences tend to keep us apart, they are very important to us as individuals. In fact, they are often what helped us to develop our self-discipline and self-confidence to a certain extent.

The key to developing universal Black consciousness therefore, is to find commonality between all the religious, political, cultural, and ideological factions within the Black race. All people want to be free and happy no matter where in the world they live. Those are our commonalities and until we as Black people learn to see beyond our differences our pursuit of consciousness will remain personal and non-universal.

Can A Black Woman Be Conscious And Still Wear Hair Weave?

Can Conscious Black women wear Hair Weave

Can a Black woman be conscious and still wear Hair Weave? The general consensus is no! However, there are different levels and types of consciousnesses. For some Black women, consciousness is about being true to their Afrakan ancestry and race. For others, being conscious is about their personal self-awareness. It’s about what’s on the inside and not their physical outer appearance.

Most Black women are very self-conscious about their appearance. Self-consciousness is a normal human behavioral trait that doesn’t favor Black women because of society’s ideals of beauty. Therefore, Black women either choose to shun society’s expectations of how they should look or they capitulate and change their appearance knowing full well that its not who they really are.

All Black women who wear hair weave do so for the same basic reasons. They do it to enhance their beauty and make themselves more desirable which ultimately boosts their self-confidence. Some Black women who wear hair weave may possess a high level of consciousness but they view their hair wear as merely tools of the trade. In other words; the trade is society and hair weave is just part of a job-appropriate outfit.

Truly conscious Black women never wear hair weave because they possess a higher level of racial self-awareness than the average socially aware Black woman. They are not hung up on beauty, they don’t seek to be desirable, and they don’t need the approval of others in order to maintain a high level of self-confidence. They wear their hair like a shield either short, in Braids, in Locks, in Afro, or natural to deflect all the BS ways that society may judge them.

Both racially conscious and socially conscious Black women are not immune to the mechanisms in Life. They are attracted to and by beauty however, given their level of consciousness and mind control ability, they are able to redirect their Desires into other things. Black women are often the first ones to rebel against trends in popular culture. It is that rebellion that, over time, acts to build a consensus of conscious thoughts and ideas that transform into social movements to make changes in Black communities and society at large.

Black women can be conscious and still wear hair weave. It all depends on their level of consciousness. Some Black women will choose to continue to use hair weave as a tool to fit into popular culture because it helps their self-confidence. Some Black women will reject all beauty aids that are un-natural due to their high level of consciousness. People will always judge but ultimately, the choice is the Black woman’s alone.