One of the most important tools needed for black people as a whole is access to our own media, run and controlled by us. The reality is that white owned media is not going to cater to us or our particular needs. They are not going to create programming that is geared towards our upliftment or programming culturally relatable to our lifestyles. And when you think about it, why would they? I mean who is going to have such a heart that they would create programs and agendas that would empower another group of people to be the very best that they can be. In order for that to happen we need to do that ourselves and we should do it with a sense of joy and glee.
We have to start pulling our children and ourselves away from that one eyed devil called television and find other innovative ways to get messages and content to OUR BLACK community because no one else is going to do this and nor should they, this should be our responsibility. There are no excuses and this is what should be implemented. Our children’s internal programming (that which they view or listen to on t.v., internet radio) needs to be monitored closely. There new programming should come from more internet/Youtube based programs such as videos by Dr. Claude Anderson, Dr. Umar Johnson. Programs dealing with Economics, how to build and keep wealth. Give them a little agriculture with it so that they know the importance and value of land. Basic food groups and how they work in the body. Everyday there should be some type of black history point or lesson that they are either required to watch as a program or required to look up as an in home project.
This is programming and training, which is why it needs to be mandatory and most importantly it needs to be done with you, the parent. When they see that you are engaged they will become more engaged. Plus they will have questions, you need to be the one those questions are presented to. There radio programming should be based upon the same intention, learning. The importance of radio listening is that there is no movement, no figures on a screen which they can follow. It forces them to listen, which is an invaluable tool that as you are well aware, they will need as they move into adulthood. Also make sure they are reading, current events, past events, future events, it doesn’t matter but what does matter is that the content needs to be informative, something which they can use, maybe not then but later on in life. All of these things require your time to do it with them and you should do it gladly! Be excited about doing this because then that will excite them also. We have to change the thinking of our seeds and one way to move towards black love is to allow them to see, everyday, what that can and should look like.
Finally we need home schools/charter schools with our own curriculums. Let’s get some of OUR people who are knowledgeable in the legislative branch of state and local government to figure out what we need to do to get these funded without them dictating our curriculums, or figure out ways to fund these ourselves and still be able to make sure OUR teachers/providers are compensated handsomely for the work which they do. Come on, we can do this, there’s never been anything which we couldn’t do. Let’s go!