Speaker urges blacks to learn to love themselves
more to being
just the color
of a person's
according to a
"Malcolm X of
black psychology," said what
people black is
roots. However, Akbar
said, too many
or been led
astray, choosing to adopt a
Western philosophy that profits from
"We have made people in other
countries wealthy because we want
to look like them," he said during a
recent presentation at the college of
liberal arts. "(It is not because) We
are trying to look better, instead, we
do not want to look like us."
Akbar said his mission as a black
psychologist is to restore the health
to the black community that was taken away by the "Crazy White Aliens"
during the time of enslavement.
"The biggest weapon against black
people was being taught to hate who
we are," he said, adding this sense of
self-loathing has been in the black
community for centuries, but often
times it is swept under the rug and
He cited the preoccupation by
some blacks with negative reactions
to dark skin color and so-called 'bad
hair' as good examples of the self-hatred.
Akbar said that the only way for
the black community to heal and
improve is through self-knowledge, which he believes will lead to
self-love. He suggested that each
black student at Bethune-Cookman
should be required to take at least
five black studies courses. "You cannot be healed until you know who
you are," he said.
He also said blacks must stop
worrying about making white people uncomfortable when they exhibit confidence. To do so, otherwise,
he said, will cause blacks to be forever held captive by the insecurities
instilled in them by slave masters.
"We must never apologize for
loving who we are," he told the student audience.