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There are, in all societies and at all times, various institutions, which have been established to guide students in their search for self-knowledge. , they are not publicly supported, nor do they provide training in the various disciplines that are characteristic of established universities. ) are designed to "raise the level of consciousness" of their students to 33 degrees or more. The pursuit of such degrees may occupy a person's entire lifetime, but the type of knowledge acquired is considered well worth the effort.
It is only incidental if those obstacles happen to be other people such as Native Americans, African or Aboriginal Hispanics. They are all dispensable if they stand in the way of . ~European fate control. Predictably, the literature shows African Americans to be consistently in the pathological or abnormal direction along these individualistic dimensions. Blacks show higher tendencies of interdependence, dependence and internal fate control. The mutual reliance and cooperation (that has a natural ecological parallel in all dimensions of nature) is viewed as patilOlogical dependence when African Americans are (invariably) compared with Euro-Americans.
D. ' The traditional researcher, then, on the basis of the aforementioned model can safely establish his behavior, his group, and his culture as a norm and seek to assess predictable deviations from that norm. An example of the consequence of such methodology is the frequent deficit model of research. " One would similarly expect that good research methodology would require comparisons with "appropriate normative" groups and those nonnative groups to which Blacks are compared are invariably similar to the white supremacy model.
Akbar Papers in African Psychology by Na'im Akbar