Black folks are where we are because we choose to be right where we are and that is as individuals and as a whole.
In the home
When we don’t pull together then it is what it is. If we work together we can do some things and live a good life. But you see so many times everybody wants to be grown and we pass through this world not living the good life. We just live one day at a time.
In the community
When we are concerned about what is going on around us, be our brother’s and sister’s keeper especially looking out for children in our communities, we can have great communities. Today we are so tied up with our own mess that we can’t do things that we need to be doing. The community suffers and we continue to raise a generation who will carry the suffering on to the next generation.
On the job
When we stop being so damn jealous of each other on the job and start standing together we could be powerful. I can handle my own. When I see other folks being mistreated I speak up either in front of them and/or also going to the person who are doing the mistreating one on one. Some managers think that just because you earn a paycheck that they can treat you any kind of way. I think some managers are in denial, don’t understand or just don’t give a damn about their employees because what they need to understand is that everybody is grown and that we are there to collect a check after we have given them our labor. What part of that picture do they not understand?
Folks what I understand is that I got to work somewhere but what I also understand is that I am not going to be treated any kind of way when I give an employer a days work. Now if I ain’t doing my job then there are proper procedures to take to handle the situation, but come correct. But when some managers think that they can intimidate, harass and discriminate against us then if you see it happening to you and your co-workers and you don’t say anything you are part of the damn problem and not the solution.
When black folks wake the hell up and see they got the power we can begin to make things better for us at work and home.
Politics and Religion
If you don’t think politics and religion plays a role in our community then you are lost. You better get involved in both to some degree or you will get what you get without having a voice. Keep sitting back waiting on other folks. The sad part is some folks act as if they are in their own little world and talk about those who use their voice but they benefit when things are made better in the community and on the job.
What tickles the hell out of me is the so-called religious folks who allow mess to go with them and around them. How can you draw folks to the church when you don’t stand for anything? How can you teach your children to be productive and good when all they see is you going to work and having to struggle just to make ends meet? But maybe they don’t see it, because you act like you have arrived. But I know the children see it.
As I look at black on black crime, police brutality, how we allow them (racist white folks and/or Safe Negroes) to pick our leaders and attack our first Black President, I recognize and understand how easy it is for our young black males to do crime. Look around Edgecombe and Nash County alone and see how they have attacked young black male leaders. So what in the hell do the young black male have to look forward to? Read the local newspapers and see how young black male leaders have been attacked. Jealousy will continue to destroy us for generations to come.
Several years ago somebody said that our young black males were endangered species. I said oh hell no all black men are endangered species. Hell even the black man be he the best dressed, the best professional and the top Black man in these United States we are all treated like we are less than a damn dog. Hell I know we talk about young black males wearing their pants hanging off their ass but does it really make a difference? Well it do to me but really? I recognize and understand that when black folks come together we can be a powerful people.
I have been in the struggle since the early 90’s and I am still fighting. However I used to fight all battles but now I pick and choose what battles I fight so I can be productive in the fight. I look at how some folks are fighting some of the same battles that I have been fighting over the years but they are trying to feel they way. I have been there done that and can teach them some things but oh hell no some folks don’t want to hear it. You see jealousy is worst than the battle that they are fighting.
I feel that there is no fight that I get in that I am not victorious because I know how to fight and I have the skills. Some folks get discouraged because they don’t understand how to fight nor have the skills and just because it looks like they have lost they are really victorious. You see when you have the skills and deal in truth you can live with the outcome when other folks are in charge. But if you just wait a while you will see that the fight didn’t end with them because it ain’t over til God says it is over. Try me!