So many groups seem to have a code or set of ethics that guide their actions. All gangs have a code, much to our detriment, police departments have codes. Sports teams and even the criminal street elements in our communities have codes as well (the most popular being “Snitches get stitches”). Schoolteachers, members of the clergy and parents have codes. Indeed codes seem to exist and co-exist all around us.
This realization got me thinking about a basic code of ethics for Black people in general. I know this is impractical given the great diversity of beliefs and values among our people. But wouldn’t it be something if Black people established a code that guided our values and actions? If you’re not afraid to fantasize or dream big, join me in redefining the term “Black code.” Imagine the possibilities for growth and development if we agreed on the following:
- Education in the form of life management skills, cultural appreciation and character development, and academic skills is second in importance only to breathing and eating. Therefore
- We will not support -financially or otherwise- any individual, group, or institution that consistently demeans, exploits, or mistreats Black people.
- We will date, marry, or become intimate with people
- In cases where
- We will not go by hearsay or third=party sources when