So we are into the first day of a New Year and if this past year hasn’t taught us anything it’s that it goes by very quickly. Before you know it it’s over and you may possibly be looking back asking yourself where the time went. While we are looking back we may notice that certain people are no longer here with us. They have transitioned and we are still here to continue working until our time has come. When you look back over the last year ask yourself what did you do? What were your accomplishments? Could you have done more? Did you do anything at all? Have you even figured out what your purpose is? What are you going to do to make 2017 more productive than 2016?
Fact of the matter is that 2016 had a lot going on and it was a real test for Black People in this country. A clear message was sent to us through main stream media as well as other outlets that we are not cared for in this country. Clear signs were shown that our disunity is our achilles heel and detrimental to our survival in this country. We saw as our Black Men, Women and Children were attacked without apology or remorse. Marches took place around the country but no change was produced and nothing seemed to get better. At one point the number of Black People being murdered at the hands of police grew so much that we lost track of the names. We didn’t even get a chance to mourn the death of one before there was another murder by cop making the headlines. Then we dealt with the ongoing issue of Chicago and other cities around the country just like it that deal with a growing epidemic of community violence and black on black crime. We saw the body of a young adolescent murdered in an alley in Chicago, only to find out that he was just trying to make it to school but his father was said to have been in a gang and that may be what caused his death. A young son paying for the sins of the father.
We watched a cop in Oklahoma get sentenced to life for the brutal, sexual rape of black women in the black community. He used his badge as a weapon of power and deception and he thought that because the women were black that no one would believe their story. We also saw that there was no outcry from the feminist movement about this, which should make us all question their real motive, real agenda. We also watched a judge declare a hung jury in the case of a lying cop who shot a black man in his back five times as the man tried to run away from him.
If 2016 hasn’t taught us anything it should have taught us that WE REALLY ARE ALL WE GOT, but now the question becomes are we ready to act on that or are those just mere words that sound good when are our emotions are running high. 2017 is our time to really live those words and yes it’s going to take work. And the reason that it’s going to take work is because everyone isn’t on the same level, there are some who are more advanced so they are going to have to be a bit more patient and compassionate with those who may not fully know the importance of this concept. We have plenty of work to do so we should not be discouraged. We shouldn’t be as concerned with finishing all the work as we should be with getting started and keeping a normal rhythm. Our areas of focus should be on Economics/Black Business. as well as Education. We need to work on keeping our black dollars in our communities longer and creating black businesses because we do not have enough. On the education side of things we need to look for other alternatives outside of the public schools to teach our children1 We can’t allow the system of white supremacy to indoctrinate our children any more than it already has. Let’s make this a great year and reach out and get others involved in the Unity Walks that we have taking place around the country. Those will help in the Unification process for our people.