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In a world that is rapidly changing, where the advancements of technology create larger and larger gaps between generations, some things still remain the same. Technology is bridging the gaps between cultures throughout the world, bringing them closer and closer. Yet, our cultural subconscious fights to keep them apart.

Culture is defined as the behaviors and beliefs characteristic of a particular social, ethnic, or age group. Conscious is defined as aware of one’s own existence, sensations, thoughts, surroundings, etc.

I define cultural conscious as being aware of your culture, while still being able to understand other cultures and the differences that exist between them. Unfortunately, most people do not reach the state where they are using their cultural conscious. People respond to and formulate opinions of cultural differences via their sub-conscious, meaning they form a response or an opinion without new thought. The problem here is the sub-conscious is developed based on one’s own culture, so any opinions are going to be based on a cultural bias until an experience occurs that changes the subconscious. Unfortunately, the subconscious is not easily changed.

On a daily basis, we all struggle with our subconscious. Situations arise where we formulate thoughts about other people based on stereotypes, media portrayal, "what we heard", appearance, ignorance, etc. Because decisions are made in the subconscious, we are unaware of any wrong doing unless someone else points it out to us. The goal of this blog is to point out areas where our conscience should override our subconscious.

These are my thoughts…This is my Cultural Conscious.

Monday, April 23, 2007


People are still concerned and pissed about Imus. I'm still of the mindset that Imus is not the problem. Hell, I, like a lot of other people, didn't even know who Don Imus was until a few weeks back. I could care less about Imus being fired. My life, your life, and the life of future African Americans will not be affected by Imus getting fired. There is a bigger picture here, and firing Imus does not solve that problem. What he said isn't anything new. I agree that his comments were inappropriate, but I do not agree that it is OK for Snoop Dogg to use the term over Imus. If it is offensive, stupid and idiotic coming from Imus, then isn't it offensive, stupid and idiotic coming from anyone else?

I told a friend about my Imus dilemma and the quote from Mr. Snoop Dogg that I previously mentioned. To him, Imus should be fired for using the term, but it was OK for Mr. Snoop Dogg to use the term. His logic was Snoop Dogg is Black. Hmmm...makes sense to me! (sarcasm) My next question to him was, "Can Mr. Snoop Dogg call your mother a Nappy Headed Ho? After all, he is Black!" The response was a resounding "No!" This way of thinking in the African American community, not Imus, is the problem.

I could go on and on on, but I still defer to others on this topic. Check out this short video interview. Also, check out the article posted in Part 2 of 2. This is Niger Innis's Cultural Conscious...


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