1,350,275,621 seconds ago from the beginning of this blog…
Approximately 22,504,593 minutes (rounded down), 375,076 hours (rounded down) or 2232 weeks (rounded down)……The world as we knew changed.
The world was taken on a roller coaster, a travel, a mission, a experience, and a learning lesson by a man who led many other people to conceive unimaginable dreams to convert these incredible visions into actions to would result in incredible advances for a generation of descents that has not a recollect of their history due to traveling to a “new world” only to be sold into slavery and other controlling vices, stripped of respect, forsaken to receive little of their worth and actual value.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., One man who tried to unite people under non-violence theologies and motivate the oppressed to break free of the oppressor by playing through the system with actions to provoke the strong, fortified economic and political system sectrely aiming to keep a destructive, private agenda. He fought with his life, his family’s life security, and with countless other individuals. The sacrifices made laid the foundation for increase opportunities for the next generation. The sacrifices weren’t all in vain; the next generation has seen advance and growth in so many areas.
But like all things, there is also inefficiencies that need to be talked about with substantial action in place to improve it like a well oiled machine. Issues that continue to break the core: broken family homes, lack of resource structure and economic capital, negative attitude, arrogance, and huge egos to continue to oppress individuals that seek advancement rapidly than their neighbor, distrust and monopolization of ignorance in the community, and mis-educations and illiteracy.
Just like we claim we want a relationship, and we claim we don’t want drama and games, we claim that we want to be “independent” and that we should not forget the sacrifices that were made for our passage. But to prove this ideal wrong, some mishandle their financial priorities and spend their money on cars more affordable than their houses, splurge until make it at the rate of mental distress over the bills created, and never take ownership of their own actions to realize the power of taking a new direction; yet, we allow these contradictions to occur and don’t seek to rebuild the broken wheel.
A nation of people (and yes we should consider ourselves as a nation) that choose 3 out of 10 black males to be quality leaders because the statistics told them 7 out of 10 will end up in the Wall Street High Grossing, Stock Purchase Available, Multi-Billion dollar prison industry. A nation of people characterized by lazy, always late, never putting forth quality effort, mentally unable to handle a high demand environment, illiterate, and drunks because “we pour it up for a dead homies”.
In the age of a loss of self-expression through words, rhymes, and soul-filled beats, to the now continual degradation of Hip Hop, a weapon, tool, and resource to paint vivid pictures of hope based on a factual representation of present day conditions, struggles, and experiences by an oppressed people, is now being replaced by economically scalable soul-less rhymes with catchy beats and dances.
In in age of self-devaluation, treating ourselves as insignificant beings, attempting to fill emotional voids with anything we find that can provide us pleasure, but not always weighing the consequences of our actions and the results weigh heavier than the enjoyable feeling we felt.
In this age we claim to be independent, and that as racism still stands, but we degrade and suppress our other brother and sister, because after picking cotton and becoming the plantations hardest producer to now where we have no more cotton to pick, our ego and our success over someone of the same race is more important than putting pride aside. But its been said its okay, because even though with pride comes destruction and we haven’t realized that yet.
But the beauty of this self-realizing poem of the inefficiencies of our highly potential race, we still have so much more that we can do and empower.
This is just the conversation, because “faith is when you take the first step, even when you don’t see the staircase” – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
And “the ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
And “You must be the change you wish to see in the world.” - Mahatma Gandhi
We have nothing to fear as long as we keep open minds and hearts, because “Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.”- Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
So consider this, “A man is but the product of his thoughts. What he thinks, he becomes.” – Mahatma Gandhi
While not one person alone can conquer this task, collectively “our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
The future is created by your divine inspiration of the world you want to see for others and yourself. Barack Obama wanted to see a better world and envision being Commander and Chief, despite all odds that said he would never be able to become president, because it hadn’t been done before by someone of any portion of African American descent. It was modeled by even the first black Major League Baseball player, who decided…I, Jackie Robinson, will play the sport I love despite not any person of African American descent proceeding me. Portrayed through even Carl Stokes, who saw the opportunity of aiding a race of people who made up a large portion of the unemployment and fought police injustice by serving as the first black mayor and handing out contracts to entrepreneurial blacks and bringing down the unemployment level by creation of a black economic capital, with no predecessor to lay this road map of African American descent.
Many others have seen the light without being able to figure out what lies in the tunnel, so we have prime examples. But the next question to ask ourselves is: When do I enlarge my God given vision with the effort plus more needed to realize my dreams as my reality?
Just like in an insecure relationship, where we judge the person that we are currently with based on the unresolved pain from someone else from the past, even though the current person in our life has no cause of our pain but seeks to remedy it, our oppressor has changed with more internal conflict than it has actual oppression and we need to move past pointing fingers but yet making moves, putting forth programs, acting, and less criticism, blaming, and just beating around the bush that a substantial reason we haven’t kept the rising number of black men out of jail or that we haven’t grown our economic resource network or creation of more black owned businesses is us, and our inaction to rising problems in our community.
Our journey starts at home, with love, togetherness, faith, good morals, high standards, accountability, no excuses, no days off, joyful momements, rejoicing in our many future victories, and a sense of self-purpose and divine destiny.
Go forth and do great things in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and other civil right leaders that paved their way for you!