My Quest To Teach

July 16, 2013

Have Blacks Grown Too Comfortable?

Filed under: Uncategorized — William Jackson @ 2:46 am

Children and Their Future

Children and Their Future

Have Blacks Grown Too Comfortable?

A Lesson from Trayvon Martin Trial and the
upcoming Jordan Davis Trial

Let me start off by stating that George Zimmerman
got a fair trial. He had a jury of his peers, he was part
of the system and the system recognized him.
Trayvon Martin, a young Black youth with so much
potential to do great things in this world, he was
loved by his father. Hell he knew his father and
his father was Black. Trayvon knew his mother
and his mother was Black. How many can say that?
Trayvon did not have a fair trial and he definitely did
not have a jury of his peers.

The term “the grass is greener on the other side”
should make Black people reconsider their
achievements and their status in America. Trayvon
is not the only young Black man to die at the hands
of a white man with a gun. Through the course of
history there are millions of Trayvon Martins and Blacks
should have learned this lesson before. Sometimes too
many people get comfortable with their position in
life and need to have a serious dose of reality like
ice cold water thrown in their face to wake them up.

Trayvon Martin and Jordan Davis are in our faces Black
people, so when are you going to wake up and see we
must educate and empower our Black children with
the knowledge that they are Black children in a world
where the laws are different, the rules are different,
the education is different, the rules keep changing.

There should be a Trayvon life month to celebrate
the accomplishments of young Black men and women
while they are still alive. Doing good in their schools,
churches and communities. This is a time for action and
reflection to empower our youth. The civil rights struggles
of the 50’s 60’s and 70’s and even into the 21st century
have come to fruition in the opportunities that are
available.
Andrew Young former Mayor of Atlanta, Georgia stated,
”Higher educational opportunities, career opportunities,
higher salaries and more are available to Blacks, better
than any other country on the Earth.” Too many Blacks seem
OK with having a target on their backs, because they refuse to
educate and empower themselves with the tools to help
them grow. We will never know what greatness Trayvon
Martin would have achieved, but youth that are alive owe
Trayvon their best in school, in church, in their communities
and in life.

It seems Blacks are becoming too comfortable for their
own good. Society has many comforts and distractions. Blacks
now turn down jobs that they use to accept, don’t apply for
scholarships for college and complain when asked to come to
parent / teacher meetings at their children’s schools.
My Pastor states that “Your attitude changes so your appetite
changes.” This represents that Blacks seem to enjoy being
assimilated into this society, and forget their cultural heritage
of family, spirituality and community unity. Instead of embracing
each other we stab each other in the back, we have Colorism and
Black racism on each other. If we can easily do it to each other,
then other cultures think it is ok to do to us.

The ambitions and attitudes of Blacks have changed from God
and family first to money and possessions first. Family is only as
good as what they can do for each other not how they can help
each other. Too many Blacks wait on the government to provide
basic living support, sitting at home and waiting for assistance.
The troubling aspect is that generational slaver comes when
children reflect the ideologies of waiting for checks and food
stamps. Their will to improve themselves is slowly drained by
parents that accept their status as dependents on a government
that gradually sees them as economic fodder, societal waste
and now targets for bullets. We kill each other so others think it
is OK to kill us.

The Civil Rights movement has opened so many doors Blacks seem
to have forgotten the sacrifices, deaths, lynching’s, beatings that
occurred to give Blacks opportunities to compete. Educational
advancement and career choices once thought of as unobtainable
are now available; too many Black youth make the excuse that
math and science are too hard. Public education in the United States
is still the best in the world. Blacks used the Bible to learn to read,
copied scripture from the King James Bible to learn to write.
Today too many youth cannot tell you the Books of the Bible and
who David and Goliath are. Parents are not reading anything,
Trayvon Martins death should encourage the value and
empowerment of life and education. He did not attend
his graduation, so to honor his memory every Black child
should graduate from high school for years to come. If
not what is the excuse now?
The question is “Are Blacks Too Comfortable?”
In the entertainment industry Blacks have roles in TV
series and movies, they are drug dealers, pole dancers, real
and fake house wives and have been elevated to mistresses
of the President making a Scandal. What message does this
send to our young Black girls?
Black have only risen as far as they are allowed us to and
miss the fact that assimilation breeds association. Many
people may disagree with me and many will call me names,
but before you do that think……
Do you mentor children, do you volunteer in your community,
do you work in your church, what level of education do
you have. Do you have a library of books at your home for
your children, do you take them to the library and museums
where you life. How many times have you gone to your
children’s school to attend meetings, PTA functions and
School Board meetings?

Don’t criticize me if you are not doing most or all of the
above, because I have and continue to do so. The truth
is Trayvon Martins deaths is a opportunity to connect with
our children, our communities, our schools and our churches.
Embrace our accomplishments, honor those that lost their
lives like Jordan Davis and others, encourage youth to forge
ahead for future accomplishments.
The grass is not always greener on the other side when you
allow yourself to be assimilated. Blacks have not fully arrived
they just have the perception of arrival and the deception of
total equality. As the Borg have stated on Star Trek the Next
Generation, ”Assimilation is inevitable.” There are too many
youth assimilated into the prison system, too many single Black
mothers assimilated into the welfare system, too many Black
youth assimilated into Special Education systems.
To many Black men assimilated into lack of education and
unemployment system.

We Remember; viewing the documentary “We Remember Raines”
is a testament to the importance of Black teachers, the need for
quality Black male and female teachers, the value of Black parents
that give a damn about their children. It shows the changes that
Blacks went through. Societal influences, we are in a time of
change, but Blacks have to decide if it is for good or bad
No amount of government funding can save a community that
embraces ignorance, cultural death, and self destruction,
Are Blacks Too Comfortable?
Statistics and data tell a disturbing story. What are the solutions
with Blacks making 13.5% of total US population and 31% are
younger than 18, 19% of Blacks 25 and older have a Bachelor
degree, 1.2 million Blacks 25 and older have advanced degrees,
64% of Blacks households are single parent homes.
Data from Jacksonville Free Press – Dec 18-24 2008
A paradigm shift is here named Trayvon Martin and Jordan Davis,
will Blacks continue to be assimilated or break free to their
destiny of greatness.

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3 Comments

  1. William, you are “turned up!” I believe you have a valid point.The African American community must change the way we see ourselves before we can expect others to do the same. The Paula Deen mishap is a prime example. There are too many double standards within society. Once we eliminate the color lines, barriers, railroad tracks, brick houses and stop casting the first stone… we can build and maintain bridges.

    I’m struggling to make sense of the entire case/verdict. I do understand that there apparently was reasonable doubt among the jury. As a mother of a young African American boy, I wonder how do you teach a child to not look “suspicious?” Trying to make sense of a senseless act… it makes me want to do more for African American youth. It’s time for us to stand our ground by empowering our youth, voting for better leaders and working more on race relations. Creating dialogue is the first step.

    At the end of the day, learning starts within the home. I’m going to make sure I teach my child not to fear what goes on in the world.

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    Comment by aletaturner — July 16, 2013 @ 3:57 am

  2. William, another awesome post of yours. You definitely get me thinking whenever I read one of your posts! I definitely had to share this one with my black friends, of which I have a few! I was one who was saddened by the verdict on Saturday night. I ended up following Trayvon’s parents on twitter that night, too. Hope that I get to go to the conference in September, and get to see you and Tiffany!

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    Comment by Barb @ FL Mom's Blog — July 16, 2013 @ 3:32 am


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