As I got up this morning it rang on me that as a Black male in American I am 10 times a likely to die and 10 times as likely to fail. It has come to my attention that today’s generation is for lack of better word stupid and ignorance and are oblivious to the fact that we as African Americans stand for something and that our skin has a rich history of blood, sweat, and tears but you wouldn’t notice that.
What has become of our Black men and women in America? This is the under lining topic of many books, shows, and articles, but worst of all media. Media if you are clueless to the fact of what it does corrupts our minds. As African Americans some of us find it a means to be like rappers, singers, athletes and what we term as idols “people in the limelight” that are termed “successful” but what is “success”? According to many African Americans success = money. If you get “bread” you made it, and it doesn’t matter how, as Malcolm X greatly said, “By Any Means Necessary,” but don’t get it twisted Malcolm X was talking not about “hustling” you know selling drugs, and making a means to an end, he was talking about any means as an African American to stand above the odds, the oppressors. To me African Americans are “dumbing down” because it has become a trend to take it easy. No one wants to learn anymore but lie on their back and have sex, thus bringing another African American baby into the world to be a “Nikka.”
Slavery is looked at as our saddest moment and we have become so blind to the fact of what happen. We as African Americans close our eyes to the fact that for hundreds of years our women were raped, we were abused sold, killed as this means to an end. How do we repay ourselves? We sag our pants, have babies, get on welfare, curse, smoke, drink, and be exactly what the white men term us “Nikkas”
Now you may be asking yourself why at times I’m ashamed of my race. This is because we have become so stupid and yes even those of us that term “made it out” are no better than those termed “Nikkas.” I successful graduated from a well-known University and have seen many of my Black brothers and sisters do the same. Does this mean we made it? No because it is these same African Americans that are going to school that are becoming “dumbed down” why? If school is a means to education why don’t we as African American use this to our advantage? Because we have become too scared, we have given up the fight to be better than “them” better than ourselves. We have succumbed to the ways of our world better yet our societies.
It sicken me that all I see every day is African Americans smoking weed, not looking for a job, and seeing that school is pointless because such and such rapper or actor or athlete didn’t go. Wake up call people: Education is the Key. It is so sad that when I walk into a book store I see more Whites, and Asians than African Americans. We weren’t allowed to read for years but yet when given the opportunity we don’t take it. What was the point of our Black Leaders fight for our race, culture, history if we don’t even give a fuck about it. What we do care about is who we fucking, Who got 5 on the bud, What time the liquor store is open/closing, and where the party at? Now I know life is precious and we want to enjoy it but come on this is an everyday thing.
It has become very prevalent that we as African American will never be on Top Of the Mountain if we as a people don’t get it together. Do you know we are the only race that kills each other more than any other race in general; I’m not talking about war or political fights, I’m talking about on a daily basis. Black people are never satisfied we want more and we want better, but how can we get that if all we doing is fucking, drinking, smoking, and being “Nikkas.”
Now what has bothered me the most is the fact that majority of African American parents want to be their kids “Friends.” Now does anyone see the issue here? How can you being to instill right and wrong to your child when you asking them, “So where we gonna drink and party tonight?” There has to be some standards and that’s where the problem lays us as African Americans have lost all our standards, we have become robots to the conformities of the World. How many know Obama’s political background, educational and social? A lot of African American only know one thing, “He is a Black man” and that’s it no one cared to know shit about Obama but everyone surely voted for him because he was Black. As this is a great point in Black history did anything change within our race except for the day he was inaugurated? No.
It saddens me to know that my race has become a race of ignorance. It saddens me that when I go to a job interview the man behinds the desk has to look at my resume twice to make sure a Black men did all of this, it saddens me that more African American are in jail because of stupid shit instead of actual unjustly things. WHAT CAN WE DO?
A lot of you think Boondocks is funny, but don’t know the real meaning behind it. The author is using our race to make fun of us. The show puts it point blank in our face that we are so stupid and we see it and still don’t know it. This is exactly why we will never win. We can go to college, be CEO’s and head of Political offices but we will never win because we don’t allow ourselves too.
When are we going to stop relying on BET and watching reality television?you know the Single Ladies, Bad Girls Club, The Game, and other Black shows that put us in a mind state of this is what it is to be African American. This should not be the case but it has sadly become so. How many people know there is anAfrican American library in Harlem? I’m sure a lot of you do but how many canhonestly say they been inside and actually took a look at our history? At the end of the day we have to make a decision to continue to be “Nikkas” or achieve the odds.
So the question is when are we African American going to allow ourselves to Win?
The nights are cold and the day is bright yet there is still something missing that just isn’t right. There has for so many years been a missing link in this chain I call my heart and I have yet to find the final piece to the puzzle. As the journey has been rough and tough I know that somewhere out there God has an angel for me and that I should not worry about this loneliness that I continue to endure but in these days I have come to mature and thus my outlook is so more pure.
There is this meaning that is important, that being the meaning of love; however what exactly is it? This has become a diminished word that is no longer used correctly but falsified to make those non-believers become believers. There has to be some real meaning to this? Maybe if this angel comes into my world and controls it I will begin to understand this word that has caused me to hide and take cover.
Today may be the day that I’m ready to become a man, but a man in love must truly understanding that a woman is not a toy. A man in love must understand that he has a responsibility to attend to and that is to take care of himself as a man but most importantly his woman. Love is not a feeling its an ability thus you must treat it like one. God as my witness I wait for the day for you to send her my way.
Patiently I wait. Patiently I prepare myself for Love.