Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Are Blacks Hopelessly Inferior???

When I first heard this question being posed by Uncle Ruckus from the Boondocks, I was intrigued by this question. I thought about it and actually began leaning towards answering yes. I was ready to condemn Blacks to this fate. For that, I would be wrong. I was having lunch with a friend, Melissa, Monday and she said, " Every time I look at you, Darryl, and Alex it gives me hope that there are Black men doing something with themselves." It hit me because we serve as the reminder for her that there are good black men. I thought about my former job. I was a Site Manager for an after school tutoring company. It made me think about every time I taught a child a new concept and to look at the smile on their face because they know they learned something new. I can hear their voices," Mr. Daniel, come look. I did it!" Similar to my the hopes of my friend Melissa, in a different manifestation, those children give me hope that Blacks are not hopelessly inferior. As long as Blacks are willing to try, we will never be hopelessly inferior.
I will say this, Blacks must do a better job of carrying the torch that was initially passed on by former leaders of the civil rights movement and even the leaders back to the times of slavery. Blacks are a strong race with so much potential. They have invented many things, participated in many academic arenas, have partaken in different forms of politics, led historic movements, etc. There is no reason for the down turn of this new era. Are there things weighing against blacks? Absolutely. But it was the resilience of Blacks to never be broken that willed them to where they are now. Now Blacks are being broken by their own people and some of their own doing, which is a travesty to me. The image that is becoming prevalent is one of complacency, violence, disorganization, and every other negative stereotype you can assert. That wasn't always the case and I refuse to believe is the case now. But what is being taught to these children? What values are Blacks instilling in them? What hope is being left to these children? What will they aspire to be when there is an insufficient amount of aspiration in the community? Many communities of broken homes, complacency, violence, and sometimes poverty. I pray that Blacks wake up and realize how great they are, how great they've been, and how great they can be...thank you for taking a look into My Thoughts...

Thursday, August 5, 2010

So You Think You're Special....You're Not

I was having a conversation with someone a few days back. In that conversation, I said something pompous about I can have anyone I want if I tried. Listen, before you all get the side eye on me. Anyone can have anyone they want. She said that's not true because everyone is different. I said not really. As special as we all like to think we are, we really are not as unique as some would like to believe.
I know some of you are thinking, that's a lie. It's not. My logic in this is everyone has a base. Everyone has a foundation to them. Everyone has a base to them which can be asserted to another person. Example, if a girl is looking for a guy who is hood. If she looks on the corner of a block at 5 guys. There is a base to all of them that she could play on. She could use that base to acquire any one of the men out of that group. If a guy wanted a girl who is wholesome, there is some type of base that he can draw off of to figure that person out and how to go about attaining this person. The hardest part will be getting the person to divulge about themselves initially. But once they do, and you understand that base about the person, you got them.
We all would like to believe that we are so unique and such a free spirit. You're really not. Sorry to say it like that but you're not. Think of the age old phrase, show me who your friends are and I can tell you who you are. Why is that? Because your friends have a similar base as you to where another person ca figure you out just like everyone else can. There is a base formula to who you are as a person. If I take A characteristics about you + B characteristics, they will = C, your base and who you are. After C, there may be little nuances about you that make you a bit more distinguishable, but that's about it....thank you for taking a look into My Thoughts...