Breaking The Slave Mentality
By Anthony "Amp" Elmore
We African Americans have moved from slavery to achieving the highest stations in the world.
Clarence Otis Jr. is the CEO of the Darden Resturant chain that operates Red Lobster, Olive Garden and many name brand Resturants in America.
Charles F. Bolden Jr. is the CEO of NASA
Barack Obama Jr. President of the United States of America.
Anthony "Amp" Elmore a Nichiren Shoshu Buddhist since 1974. Publisher of the Proud Black Buddhist Website.
There was a time in America when Whites said Blacks could not pitch, be a quarterback or coach. Just in January of 2012 the movie "Red Tails" premiered in America, Whites said Blacks could not be pilots. Today in 2012 a Black man heads NASA. In the movie "Red Tails" there was a line where Colonel Bullock said how can we shoot down Germans we we cannot see them? If you are not given the chance how can we become great Buddhist when we do not lead or be out front?
Most Japanese people in introducing Buddhism in America practice the culture of Japanese dominant and superiority. In America there is not one noted African American Buddhist leader or scholar. Blacks take on subordinate roles in Buddhism.
The Great Black Liberator Fredrick Douglass wrote : "Those who profess to favor freedom and yet depreciate agitation, are people who want crops without ploughing the ground; they want rain without thunder and lightning; they want the ocean without the roar of its many waters. The struggle may be a moral one, or it may be a physical one, or it may be both. But it must be a struggle. Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will.”
The first volume of Great Concentration and Insight says, “How does one hear, believe in, and practice the perfect teaching to attain perfect enlightenment?” The first volume of On “Great Concentration and Insight” says, “To believe in the perfect teaching’ means to awaken faith through doctrine and to make faith the basis of practice.”
The Gosho The real aspect of the gohonzon reads:
The True Buddha Nichiren Daishonin writes in the Gosho, The true aspect of all phenomena; " Exert yourself in the two ways of practice and study. Without practice and study, there can be no Buddhism. You must not only persevere yourself; you must also teach others. Both practice and study arise from faith. Teach others to the best of your ability, even if it is only a single sentence or phrase."
Nichiren Daishonin clearly writes in the Gosho "Teach others to the best of your ability, even if it is only a single sentence or phase." There are 44 million Black people in America not counting other races. There are no more than 15 Nichiren Shoshu Priest in America. Secondly why does it have to be a Japanese Priest to teach Nichiren Daishonin's Buddhism. We have a Black man as President of the United States. African/Americans advance in every single station in the world except a leadership position in Nichiren Dai Shonin's Buddhism. Is this because African/Americans are not qualified to advance or is this because the Japanese are not advancing African/Americans? If you want to know the true about the matter Japanese do not Advance Black people. Until Jesse Jackson and other Black leaders challenged the Japanese they did not do business with Black people. Until Black Americans stand up with the courage of Nichiren Daishonin you will forever be considered unqualified to teach. We must break the shackles of the Japanese dominate mentality that puts promotes only the words,lectures teaching of Japanese leaders like Daisaku Ikeda or only Nichiren Shoshu Priest. We African Americans have some of the best lecturing, preaching and teaching skills in America we should have the confidence and faith to teach the exciting teachings of Nichiren Daishonin's Buddhism in America. We must break away for a Slave mentality and have the faith and courage to teach the Great Buddhism in our Community in the way we know how. It is okay to use our own culture to teach our own people.
Anthony "Amp" Elmore challengs the notion that only Japanese can only lead us in the teacing of Buddhism in America.
Anthony "Amp" Elmore notes that it is only a "Slave Mentality" when we Black people do not have the faith and courage to beleive in ourselves and not having the absoule faith to teach this great Buddhism in our own communities.