It is Black History Month again, if there’s such a thing. A time to recognize the accomplishments and contributions blacks made to the great U.S. of A.
Looking at TV, there are many commercials “celebrating our history,” highlighting the oh-so-common historical events mostly involving the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.
King was a phenomenal person who did more than most would do for the welfare of our people, but does the forward motion and advancement of our people stop there?
I hope not!
Sadly though, it looks that way.
What have we done as a people in recent years that has advanced us in a tremendous way?
According to the Selig Center for Economic Growth, blacks have $761 billion in buying power, but most of that money never once is circled into our neighborhoods. We are too busy wasting our money on things that depreciate in value once purchased.
Where is the sense of community?
It is time for a reckoning my people. We need to adhere to the advice of Laurence Fishburne’s character in “School Daze” and “wake up!”
Won’t it be a glorious day when we all can get along and be about advancing ourselves?
We don’t have to wait for Barack; we can do it now.
How, you ask?
Let’s start our own schools and demand a change for the better.
Let’s reclaim our sense of community “The Man” stripped away from us. Let’s realize that when we help each other, life is collectively better for all.
Wesley Martin for the Editorial Board.