By: Kyle Colley
The idea for this article came to my attention, while I was listening to Kanye West’s song “All Falls Down” and he uttered the lyrics “Even if you in a Benz, you still a nigga in a coupe.” In today’s society those lyrics hold validity and even I have been falsely ticketed because of the car I was driving. But, let’s for a minute discard this limiting factor and imagine a world in our minds where this is not the case. How would your everyday life change? What decisions would you make? If you could imagine the world in your mind would you finally pursue that business idea you thought of years ago, but put it on the back-burner because of the hassle it would take for a minority to infiltrate an economic system monopolized by majority white corporate America? Allow me to advise you, on this essential principle, to image the world in order to maximize your full potential.
1) Society has place minorities in stereotypical boxes
According to society: if you’re black and successful you either sold drugs; are a famous musician; a professional athlete. If you are Hispanic and successful: you started at a low paying job; made a profitable business out of it and “somehow” it blew up into a success. Right now, imagine a world where you do not have to confine to these standards, and chose your new path you want to follow. Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, “Man is not what he thinks he is, but what he think, he is,” ponder that quote as you allow your mind to drift into an imaginative state.
2) The idea of the inferior mind state
The second reason you should imagine the world in your mind, is because of this inferior complex deep-rooted in the subconscious mind that one race is more superior than the other. It does not help that the news continues to places these subtle seeds of subordinates into our subconscious (read into the cognitive biases), however, what if you tricked your mind into not being quite so subservient to the thought of the masses? Then you would be able to alleviate the limiting factor of considering yourself “second-class”, then and only then would you also be able to embody one of the core principles written in the Declaration of Independence with true belief, “that all men are created equal.”
3) To Have a Focused Vision
Just for a moment imagine yourself in the shoes of Nelson Mandela, Desmond Tutu, Medgar Evers or even Martin Luther King do you believe they lived and thought in the confines of this world or their own world? In a world free of the Apartheid and with civil rights or in a world where hate crimes and Jim Crow Laws were inescapable? If you permit yourself to imagine the world, you allow yourself clarity of a vision. A vision so vivid it feels real, and often times it does.
4) To boost self-esteem
The life of a minority in America can lead them to a state of confusion and despair but let’s for a moment continue following down this idea of imagining the world in your mind. Can you imagine a world, where you stopped hating yourself for not beginning able to assimilate into a certain culture and lived on your own morals, principles and ideologies? Your self-esteem would instantly increase because you would only have to rely on yourself, for your own happiness. Or another way to boost your self-esteem according to Booker T. Washington is, “ If you want to lift yourself, lift somebody else.” What if you imagine the world where you do not see yourself as the victim and instead lifted somebody that is in more trouble than yourself, ultimately helping the suffering of the masses.
By imagining the world, you wouldn’t just see the opportunities that you are given, but also and possibly more importantly, the opportunities you could create. In the 1910’s to early 1920’s, in Tulsa, Oklahoma (as called during that time as Little Africa. Look into it if you are unfamiliar) they built the black mecca, known as Black Wall Street. If they could build that great community in the midst of an era immense with pure racial hatred, imagine what could happen if you reconfigured your mind to create/build up your own businesses, infrastructures and communities. Great minds don’t think like the masses, they create opportunities where most would give up and take action while most are inactive.
Proverb: Believe and trust in auto-suggestion because it works. Auto-suggestion is when you constantly tell your mind something you want to be or accomplish, as time passes by these new ideas will be instilled in your subconscious, and your conscious and subconscious mind will work together to manifest your suggestions. The more negativity you tell your mind, the more it will act on it and vice a versa with positive stimulants. The fact that you will bring awareness and pay attention to this phenomena and realize the power of the mind, you might have taking the first step in awakening the giant within you and who does not want to be the best version of themselves?
Kyle Colley is a rising sophomore political science major from Denver, Colorado who attends Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia.