Monday, July 19, 2004

"Colors To Die For..."

-- July 19th, 2004 --

"Chance has never yet satisfied the hope of a suffering people. Action, self-reliance, the vision of self and the future have been the only means by which the oppressed have seen and realized the light of their own freedom. Up, up, you mighty race! You can accomplish what you will."
- Marcus Garvey

It is interesting to see how many people sport this color in fashion without knowing the immensely historic meaning it has to those who represent it, not only proudly, but acknowledging the sacrifices of the past with the purpose of providing a better future.

For those who do not understand or know the history of the RBG Flag and the significance of the colors, please click here -- Flag Story.

In the midst of rabid changes in society, we, as young African-Americans are face with a daunting issue... we are BROKE!!! Maybe it is due to pursuing so many lofty goals and expectations that those are the only things that we concern ourselves with (i.e. cars with flashy rims, shiny jewelry)..? It's funny that in the minds and hearts of most Black folks beats a Warrior or a Princess -- but in the mirror we see images of our former selves. Sure -- we can talk all the "righteousness" and "proud to be Black" talk that we want. But what are we perpetuating? Chains around our neck and wrists, a thirst and greed that even eclipses most Whites and some Jews, a destructive habit hell-bent on being considered self-genocide. We are doing our detractors and enemies a favor, all the while dancing and smiling to the camera. I say this because you ask any Black child these days what they want to be when they grow up -- and the answer will be in the form of some type of entertainer (actor, sports athlete, rapper) -- not to say anything bad about that type of lifestyle. Gone are the days when our history mattered -- we're cashing in our chips to become everything that we stood against in times of old.

The education of our youth (and some adults) is not going to happen unless WE fight for it. The worth and value placed on those who make us enjoy a fantasy versus those who enlighten us to face reality is a travesty. A teacher is more than likely to gross 35-55K -- depending on where they are located -- I for a fact know that my Mother makes in between that ball-park figure. Plus, she teaches mentally handicapped youth. Whereas, a NBA Rookie who signs his first contract for a professional team will gross anywhere from 350-475K in his FIRST YEAR!!!! Why is that?!? Where's the logic? Most countries abroad would scoff at this logic, but then again, most countries would take the money from their athletes and put it right back into the "government" (look at Yao Ming). A friend of my said it best about the morals and values of our country, "How great is my chance of becoming a financially successful and fulfilled adult in anyone's cleverly devised and ever so uncertain future? It's looking slim. I am PISSED!"

So, what is there left to fight for? We, as Black folks, seem so complacent with the times -- we are experiencing a boom in employment, economy is bristling with money, and the education of our youth is in good hands -- sense the sarcasm? What is so funny is that ma'fucka's cannot begin to fathom the seriousness of the situation. You might be sitting here reading this thinking that I need to get off of my "high horse" and just enjoy what we have going for us. But I ask this in rebuttal, "What do we have?" I mean -- most Black youths are looking forward to being unemployed no matter how "qualified" they may be only because of them being a "Faheem" or "Taneisha"... Most Black youth have to smile in the face of their white counterparts as they secretly call them "nigger" or "nigga" due to the music they frequently enjoy in their cars and lofty homes. Why?!!? Because we make it acceptable. We make it for the masses, therefore when it is taken out of our hands, our control -- we end up paying for it in the long run.

So, I say this -- with our Black women being degraded and generalized as being bitches, hoes, skeezers... with our Black men being put in prison, murdered in the streets, leaving behind families, unemployed, uneducated, and uninterested -- and our younger generation following in those footsteps -- I ask... "What will you fight for?" "What will you die for?"


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