Some Black folk can be a piece of work.
Over the years I have experienced some things because I have been actively engaged in community activism and political activism. I understand why some black folk do what they do but it does not make it right. One must look over some things and keep it positive.
I have always heard that some black folk are like crabs in a bucket. I came to that conclusion years ago that some black folk are scared to speak out, jealous, envy and can be just plain mean. Maybe they have a reason for that but I can’t think of any reason I have to be any of that. Some black folk especially church folk that read the bible or have heard scriptures have heard that we should be our brother’s keeper. But some folk especially church folk get amnesia when it comes to certain scriptures.
Somewhere around 1988 I joined Black Workers For Justice that was housed in Rocky Mount and then I joined the NAACP housed in Rocky Mount in 1992. I joined both to be a voice for the voiceless especially the youth and the elderly. I pledged to myself to advocate for school issues, work issues, political issues and other. I have been fighting all of these years for folk even some ungrateful folk who had and have a problem with me for being outspoken but they reaped the benefits. Too bad everyone reaps the work of those who advocate for change and for better. I was named militant by some black folk who wanted me to shut up because they were afraid how some white folk would look at them. I was named a racist by some white folk who were not used to a young black male being outspoken but some white folk have reaped the benefits of my advocacy as well.
I have experienced the behavior of some black folk and I understand why young and older blacks do what they do. It seems that when they are doing great things they are never recognized for their works so it leaves them without motivation. It is sad that folk don’t get recognized by local folk but outsiders see the work and recognize them.
I am going to use myself as an example because I can tell my story better than anyone and I am going to tell it now because some folk will try to tell it after I am no longer.
Over the years some black folk said we needed our own black media. Well I took it upon myself back in the early 90’s to start doing a newsletter and then several years later. I was introduced to blogging by a former Rocky Mount Telegram reporter that came here from Boston Massachusetts and a white female friend advocate out of Greensboro that I met on Facebook. When I post on my blog it is shared to my Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn pages. I video meetings and events and take photos that I share on my social media and YouTube pages.
I have been sacrificing my time and resources since the late 80’s out of my pocket spending resources that I needed to have been holding on to since my wife has not worked since we have been married in 1997. Had several setbacks taking some medical leave without pay and just missing time out of work when mom was terminally ill in 1997, during the flood of 1999, dad had 2 hip replacements during the 2000’s along with a truck accident and then 2 more floods within a years time. Even going through my personal struggles I still assisted others during that time.
I look at how folk recognize folk who receive a salary for what they do while you have some folk like myself out here struggling trying to provide a service out of pocket and folk don’t see the need to have an appreciation service and/or make donations to the work they provide. Although I have struggled over the years trying to provide a service I have also donated/or provided a service to others even those who have never donated to me.
Folk you need to look at who are doing some great things in Edgecombe County. Because of the works that some are doing, Edgecombe County has been and continue to be recognized.
Folk we got to do better. If we are going to say we are our brother’s keeper then we need to start showing folk some love and stop just providing lip service.
I have folk whom I network with and those are the folk I am going to make sure I take care of. You see when we network together that is a savings and money do not have to be a part of the equation. However if you don’t ever do anything for me but I am doing things for you that cost money and my time then that is a problem.
As I say, “I have no permanent friends no permanent enemies only permanent interest!”