Self Preservation, is usually a term associated with the individual human. Many times it is related to more of a life or death scenario, where life or limb is in jeopardy and the innate instinct to stay alive and preserve life kicks in. It’s normal, doesn’t even have to be thought out or intellectualized, a person just does what is necessary for survivals sake.
But how does this work in the context of a group or race of people? Is it viewed in the same context and should it be acted out in the same manner as it plays out with the an individual? When looking at other groups or races of people in the world there seems to be a clear correlation between individual Self Preservation and group or race Preservation. When we look at Whites, Asians, East Indians, Arabs, it is clear that among these groups there is at least a sense of group/race preservation and often times you can see it acted out by the group. Notice that I didn’t mention Black Americans in that category because there seems to be a clear cut division among the group/race, along so many different lines that group/race preservation, it could be argued, is non-existent.
There is no real protection of black elders, children, women or men. Too many stand on the sidelines when something is taking place and they watch. Many make the comment, “that doesn’t concern me,” as another fellow member of their group/race get’s harassed, assaulted, etc etc. If the assault or harassment comes from someone of a different group or race then the black bystander will many times make excuses as to why the black man, woman or child was mistreated, sometimes even finding ways to justify the mistreatment of the black person(s) from their group/race.
This is not to say that other groups/races don’t standby also. This is not to say that Black Americans don’t have love for those within their group/race. However taken in it’s totality, it is clear to see that other groups/races do stick together and have a more cohesive connection with one another. The truth is that we lack the togetherness and cohesion that other groups/races have. So we may have the internal instinct to survive on an individual level, that self preservation that I speak of, but it seems to be lacking when we speak in terms of the group/race aspect of it. Some things can be taught, but some things are really instinctual and we have to measure whether or not we’ve lost that instinct in us!