Thursday, January 7, 2010

I'm Mad

"My life story I tell straight from the heart
When suckers tried to crash my shit straight from start
A young black kid, destined for success
No Old Gold, no cocaine, or buddha cess
Straight up hard work, no sleep and no shorts
Brainstormin' with the skills that Pop Duke taught"

I'm mad because people are sheep. We finally have pro athletes marketing affordable shoes to the community yet there are people out there claiming they're of lesser quality becasue they are not as expensive. These sheep are the ones that fail to realize that they are paying for the advertising (how else could Mike and LeBron be paid up to 90 million to endorse these shoes?). Our communities already have a problem with the youth not having the self esteem to mature into healthy roles in society and here some of us are inflicting more damage.

I'm mad because those of us who have elevated to higher roles in this society are not maximizing their influence to the benefit of the communities that lifted them to these heights. There is no reason that in NY Al Sharpton is still the most visible when there is a case of police brutality. where's Russell?, where's Hov?, where's Diddy?, where's Jeter?, where's the Knicks, Mets, Yankees, Giants and Jets? The recent episode involving Plaxico Buress should serve notice that they are not above getting the Nigger wake up call. Let's stop going to the games, let's stop buying the records, let's stop buying the clothes. While they may argue that they have provided jobs for many who couldn't find employment elsewhere, that is good to a point. Many of those they hire I'm sure are friends from back in the day and the loyalty is commendable, I dig that, I love that, I'm down with that. However these friends would be better served by funding their education, so they can get that degree and then slide into a position within the organization. These guys are making money but their mindset is that of the streets, big money, big car, popping bottles, chasing models. Re-educate them into thinking big money- big responsibility- sound investment, pay it forward. While they are getting educated those that have their paper already can fill the open positions that exist. To whom much is given, much is required and even more so in our communities because it is the community that lifts us to higher heights.

There is no reason why our communities cannot be self sufficient. If T.O has 137 grand to drop on earrings; that is a house somewhere, fully paid free and clear that can house a family or two in need. The return on that investment is far greater than the return provided by the earrings. We have bought completely into the white man's American Dream and the sad or funny thing depending if you also bought into it or not is that the white man doesn't chase that dream. The white people with money don't floss like us blacks who trying to make money floss. We gotta have the Escalade, rimmed up, chromed up, fully loaded while the white people with money will drive a Honda Accord with factory wheels and maybe a sunroof. We gotta sport Jordans and LeBrons and authentic throwback jerseys while the white man is rocking clearance rack sneakers and t-shirts or replica jerseys.

But the white man invests the fuck out of his community. You'll never see drug dealing on Frank Sinatra way but we treat Malcom X Blvd like it was Malcolm Little Blvd. We just don't give a fuck and that needs to change.

Help make the change, reflect, realize, re-invent and resurrect. Do not accept "reality is" as an excuse to let things just be, we make our reality. Before election night in 2008 the reality was a black man would never be president of the United States but that night when the numbers were tallied the reality was that a black man is the President of the United States. we make our realities. Join a movement in creating a better reality for us.

Peace and Blessings in all your endeavors born of a positive thought fueled by positive energy to k.y.m in a positive direction.

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