Where do we go from here?
The new, NEW invisibility of the colored, man, negro, African-American, nigger, thug.
They – white America – is slowly ushering us back towards slavery inch by inch, word by word but the difference is that this time.
We are shackling and hanging ourselves.
As the mortar and brick is being lain, we are aiding in the stockpile. And with every layer built up, the core of our being continues to break down.
The time to act is not now.
It was 10,000 yesterdays ago!
For the past twenty years, we have allowed the very word and phrases that previously bound us to now separate us mentally like never before. It shouldn’t even be an argument…
But it is.
It shouldn’t even have to cause a rift amongst us these days,
Yet still it divides.
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As we continue to hit the SNOOZE button, we all should find it QUITE alarming the state of affairs.
How sad that we cannot bask in the history we are currently making with a Black President because we haven’t gotten our front porch right yet?
How disheartening that our power and influence meanders and dilutes outside our borders as they imitate and copy us in exponential numbers.
We were great before and we will be great again. That, history has shown us. But in the here and now, we are in a state that I refuse to co-sign and stand for. It is our duty as the leaders of the black world to show ALL our black brethren in EVERY land…
Black people are MORE than THAT life
How to DO the do.
There is NO time like the present to forge our future destiny.
I’m tired of these pitiful yesterdays.
As a black American performer living overseas, I’m considered a ‘top-tier black’, so I get treated FAR better than my black brothers and sisters over here anywhere I go.
But I also work behind the stage as well and this is where problems ensue.
I have countless videos of being attacked all over the world and there is no NAACP or even ONE other black person to aid me and I must do it alone every time.
And I DO.
Because it is my duty and black American privilege to do so.
I wrote two books on travel in China last year and had to fight my editors to include a section on black people traveling there. It was only a PARAGRAPH but my publishers had to ‘think it over’.
Proof of just how we are regarded.
Which is why I stress black Americans must do more because we are the most powerful blacks in the world with the most influence and the rest of the black world is looking to US to be the beacon of hope and use our power in a positive way.
And we are dropping the baton.