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How African-Americans find success in a white-dominated culture
BY: Tres Mali Scott, M.Ed., M.S., ABD

In a White-dominated culture, African-Americans find success many different ways. Success is measured by the goals each individuals sets. The environment we interact with may not be controllable, but the real issue is, is what can we control?
Success is perceived by values. There are three views of perception, 1. What we perceive, 2. What others perceive, 3. and what we think others perceive. Literally perception is the forming of mental representations of the objects that give rise to sensory experiences.
The White-dominated culture values-1. Education, 2. Training , 3. Employment, 4. Ownership, 5. Organizations, and 6. Professional Associations.
1.Education is standard internationally. High School, College and University,Graduate School, and Professional Schools (Doctor/Lawyer) are valued to measure success in a White-dominated culture.
2.Training can include vocational training and company offered training. Not all employee training is required. Many companies have management training programs. Continuing education is also valued for success, up to date information in your field, profession, or organization helps to set you ahead of the competition.
3. Employment history is also a measure of success in a White-dominated culture. I have been in vocational training education and college and university educational training for over 13 years. Resume building is one of the "Keys" to success. A resume may also be used to monitor your progress, honors, and awards. Once I stopped my career to study to become a missionary. I was also working on my Doctorate, one day I looked at my resume and saw I had not received an award in 3 years. I said to myself, "Self, what have you done to get an award?" I started writing poetry and am now an International Best Poems and Poets of 2007 award winner. I received several other awards in poetry for years before that. A Resume is a good way to monitor your own progress.
4. Ownership is also valued for a measure of success in a White-dominated culture. Businesses, companies, houses, cars, cell phones, property, computers, and friends.
5. Organizations are a measure of success in a White-dominated culture. Many organizations have standard requirements for membership. This may also be a "Key" to success. When enrolled in field, professional, or vocational training program, many times individuals can join organizations that would otherwise take years to qualify for. These organizations have professionals at the top of their fields and may offer mentoring opportunities.
6. Professional associations also are a measure of success in a White-dominated culture. A professional association is specific to a field, profession, or vocation and require proof of education and training. Professional associations also offer mentoring opportunities.
In conclusion, education, training, employment, ownership, organizations, and professional associations are "Keys" to African-Americans finding success in a White-dominated culture.
Posted By: Cynthia Merrill Artis
Thursday, October 7th 2010 at 10:29PM
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Irma, oh that gave me a good laugh! Do you over water them?
Friday, October 8th 2010 at 10:41AM
Adam Fate
I find this information very informational.... I read a comment from Jen and Sis Thomasiana about educating our young black youth and thought about this.... those keys to success necessary for my son and his development....
Friday, October 8th 2010 at 11:41AM
Cynthia Merrill Artis
If you are going to "succeed" here, and if you measure success by the same criterion, then yes, these are things that you will need to measure your progress by. For most of us that is the reality.

The difference is, do not let these things come to define who you are.
Friday, October 8th 2010 at 3:53PM
Clark thanks... and that's something to really ponder
Friday, October 8th 2010 at 8:24PM
Cynthia Merrill Artis
Irma, have you tried talking to them?
Friday, October 8th 2010 at 9:16PM
Adam Fate
Thanks Doc...and "I" may just be so attractive to Buddhism because coming from the culture I so love...WE AS DOES THE ORIENTALS, AFRICANS, NATIVE-AMERICANS ALWAYS PAY RESPECT TO MOTHER EARTH OR OUR DIRECT CONNECTIONS TO THE EARTH AS A GIVER OF LIFE...WATER, AIR, PLANTS, ANIMALS, FISH . FOWLS, ECT.(SMILE)

IT IS JUST TOO BAD THAT I AM A SERIAL KILLER OF HOUSE PLANTS WHEN TRYING TO GROW THEM. LOL...
Thursday, April 10th 2014 at 6:47PM
@Clark, so true, so true. (smile)
Thursday, April 10th 2014 at 6:47PM
@Adam, no, I do every thing I do to and for the things I grow out side and yet they die...
MIISRAEL has told me a plant that is almost guranteed that it will live...it has been over a year now and I am still trying to get up nerves to try it...she will be the first person I tell when I buy it.lol (smile)

Thursday, April 10th 2014 at 6:47PM
Adam, I will add this to my list of things to do to try and keep a house plant alive...Maybe reasure them each day that I will keep them alive and well, huh?...

the next tme I get one. lol (smile)
Thursday, April 10th 2014 at 6:47PM
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