How do we wake up and pay attention?
So much has been going on. I have decided not to blog about it, just letting it go and I’ll testify the outcome. This is one of my long blogs, but please read and tell me your thoughts including the Ladies.
Johnnie Cochran! MY GOODNESS! I have a special bond with Brother Cochran. Actually had a chance to meet him a few years back but I was on RA duty. Brother Cochran pledged his life to justice. Last summer, I read “A Lawyers Life,” his law autobiography, and let me tell you he was a Bad Motha.. before OJ.
He was a pioneer in police brutality and racial profiling. Shoot, he brought racial profiling to the forefront with the New Jersey Turnpike shooting. Serving as a defense attorney for the Louima and Diallo cases. Even with his celebrity status, he had victory over many cases and his presence in and out of the courtroom will be truly missed.
Tragic loss in our community!
Last night, I attend the NAACP meeting. Extremely disappointed because I was suppose to give my Anti-Gang Violence proposal but there were only four people including me at the meeting. There is a conference in DC I’m attending next week and I wanted them to sponsor me, therefore another proposal was prepared so they can provide the financial assistance, but they didn’t have quorum.
One thing good that came about, information was shared for Men who are interested in becoming local coordinators for the 10th Anniversary of the Million Man March. My mother did not allow me to attend back in 95 with father. That would have been a memorable experience. I’m not going to miss out taking my little brother or recruiting other young black men.
I always admired Farrakhan and the Nation of Islam because they have a true sense of community. They will give a brother a job, even if it’s selling the Final Call or bean pies. They have made their spiritual efforts enticing. Unfortunately, our people are attracted to what they can see. Most of us don’t have the mentality to think long term. The Muslim community has always pushed entrepreneurship. I have a strong feeling that they MMM will be life changing.
After the NAACP meeting, I attended a forum on the State of Black America. As I sat down after the panelist made their introductions, I admired my beautiful black people that surrounded me. The moderator and panelist brought many issues to light. I notice that all of them talked about the importance of education in our community. Not just academic education, but educating our peers about gangs, AIDS, politics, etc.
Our people need to be taught so many things. So, my question to two particular panelists was how must we educate the masses on the many issues we face? This first panelist said, “I’m not sure education is the problem. Back in Slavery, men and women told the people to go this way. And the people were led to freedom.”
This gave me something to think about. Imagine if we did have that leader. You know that leader like X or Dr. King and we were lead without fear or hesitation because you knew they had our best interest at heart. Unfortunately, we have leaders like Jackson, who has a baby mama, or Sharpton, well you know all about that fool, Cosby, you know… all who have skeletons in their closet that have been forced out. But, what drives me nuts they are still people I admired and will continue to support on most endeavors. Most black folks have a hard time of forgiving and forgetting for a moment in efforts to make change.
Our leaders have to put on a front in order for us to follow them. And when see they are imperfect we criticize them harshly as if our shyt don’t stink. So, how in 2005 are we to come together and allow ourselves to be lead by Black WARRIORS.
“We must continue to grow our grassroots efforts. That’s where we came from,” said the other panelist. With organizations like the Hip Hop Summit Action Network and Vote or Die Campaign promoting voting registration, what happen to voting empowerment. Not just signing up so you can market the numbers of new registered voters, but empowering our community to vote on Election Day.
Those Hip Hop organizations should have initiatives to educate our people on the power of voting and holding our elected officials accountable for prosperity in our community. I bring light to the Hip Hop organizations because they are in 2005 more enticing than any particular groups including the Black Church. We walk, eat, and sleep Hip Hop. And our big Hip Hop heavy weights, P. Diddy and Simmons look like good guys. Yeah, they registered many new voters… whats going on NOW… what’s going on with the NEW YORK Mayoral Race… why isn’t there orgs becoming bigger and badder.
You can easily say its not there job. But these are folks that been through the struggle. Simmons came from selling drugs into the mogul he is today. They are our people, we helped shape them in addition to support them today. Will the real hip hop humanitarian please stand up?
Back to what I was saying… Grassroots efforts are the backbone of our community. Last night, I learned of many small non-profits that are reaching out and touching our people daily, which are the main community changers. I strongly feel our people need to be dragged, stabbed, shot, kicked, punch, stuck with a broom stick with the mentality, “IF YOU WANT TO BE SOMEBODY AND YOU WANT TO GO SOMEWHERE/ YOU NEED TO WAKE UP AND PAY ATTENTION.”
I’m extremely interested in what your thoughts are on what is needed in GENERAL for our people to pay attention. Please comment; this will help me stick a broom up someone… for a wake up call.