He said: “Regardless of what we are taught history shows that it does not matter who is in power… those who have not learned to do for themselves and have to depend solely on others never obtain any more rights or privileges in the end than they did in the beginning.” This speaks volumes.
Saturday, August 31, 2013
Did You Wear Your Hoodie Today
African American’s are a nation of people living in a nation without a nationality. Some will say, America has a black president, yet the condition remain. This speaks to the institutions within the context of a society that dictates the continuation of the system that exists within the country.
It is because of this system, which has been in existence from the founding of America that has caused the purposeful demise of people of color because the system is designed to protect the system. Now, let me speak to the concept of leadership: Dr. Carter G. Woodson who wrote the powerful novel “The Mis-Education of the Negro” in 1933, or there about, challenged his readers to become empowered by doing for themselves.
If you can control a man is thinking you never have to worry about what he thinks. I will speak for me, no matter how messed up the world is and the minds of man; we must come together as a people! We must take responsibility for ourselves because life demands survival of the fittest, just like in all other parts of the animal kingdom. As a people, African Americans have waited far too long and become much too dependent on those who are in charge of the system.
Therefore, I say it is time to remove the shackles of bondage that remain mentally. Malcolm X once said, “We spend too much time singing and not enough time swinging”. Let me be clear, I do not repeat this statement to advocate violence. Rather to suggest that we have spent centuries believing, following, and listening to the messages communicated to us by those who control our destiny – making us believe that there is a better place for us when we’re dead. I say we have a right to live NOW!
I want to propose an idea that could be the answer to our salvation. There is about 38 – 40 million African Americans living in America. If each person contributed one dollar per week; it would add up to forty million dollars. Multiply that time’s fifty-two weeks; that’s over two-trillion dollars annually. We have people who run some of the world’s largest corporations who could manage that money – invest it and make more money and as such many of the problems we face would go away.
Overtime we’ve won many civil rights battles, which should never have had to be fought. Yet, we still must fight to have the necessities to survive. We just celebrated the commemoration of more than fifty-years of marching coupled with over four-hundred years of bondage in one form or another.
So I say, as tenacious beings, rise up you mighty people rise up. The time is now – if for no other reason than to continue the species. We are people of the mighty – act like it! And that’s my Thought Provoking Perspective...
Have you worn your hoodie lately?
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