Friday, March 17, 2017

Making America Great Again

Making America Great Again
Why Race Still Matters in America

Making America requires us to expose the sickness in America that doesn’t allow us to be civil or united in order to have liberty and justice for all. The notion of making American great again calls us back to periods in our history that our nasty, ugly, hateful and not great for many citizens of this country. 

Before and after the Presidency of Barack Obama highlights why race still matters in America. An awakening of racial and cultural hatred displayed against not just Blacks but Brown and mixed raced citizens in this country grew. Police brutality and racial profiling has always been a problem in America. It did not just start under President Obama, it was escalated with the advance technology of social media. 

Just in recent news, the white woman who accused Emmitt Till of whistling and making sexual advances at her admitted that she lied. A jury let off the officers who confessed and told exactly how they killed this young, Black boy in cold blood. It’s like hitting the reset button on all of the racial and cultural mishaps that have caused racial tensions to worsen in America with recent cases. Justifying the injustice of Police Officers who are to serve and protect yet killing unarmed Black and Brown citizens with Black on Black or Brown on Brown crime is ludicrous. For many Black and Brown citizens, it’s like watching the not guilty verdicts of Police Officers who have shot down unarmed, Black and Brown citizens in America over the years become the new era of Jim Crow and segregation. 

When we take a closer look at homelessness, poverty that is generational, lack of economic and community development, educational inequality, the school to prison pipeline and health disparity in this country, a large number of Black, Brown and to go further, racial disparity within other minority groups including LGBT, Muslim, Islanders, etc., citizens of darker complexions are still disproportionate.

After we witnessed the murders of Medger Evers, Malcolm X, Dr. King and so many of this age, Trayvon Martin, Eric Gardner, Oscar Grant, Tamar Rice… the narrative of making America Great Again hasn’t changed. We’ll work to make America great again after tragedies that have torn us apart, only to keep us separate and unequal. Here’s a wake-up call America. We can keep telling the same story, but we’ll keep working to change how the story ends. 

As Nina Simone said in an interview, ask us a year from now how we feel about Civil Rights and if we'll still be fighting for them. 

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Queen Sugar

OWN's Queen Sugar encourages us to...

- Evaluate and embrace family and culture
- Discuss succession plans
- Support family businesses and ownership

Family has always been the center of our culture from Africa to America. Here's how we can begin to repair and build our family structure

FAMILY - Evaluation and Acceptance

We have too many children that are in the streets because the family of the father and/or mother won't take care of them. Our children are our investment. We have to rear and nurture them because if we don't the streets and system have their arms wide open.

Mental illnesses, disabilities, variances in sexuality and isms (alcohol, etc) have to be acknowledge, accepted in love and evaluated with wisdom so that the family can be stronger not weaker because of missing links. We have to dispel the myth of throwing away the misfits when the reality is, we've all been culturally made to be misfits because of the color of our skin.

SUCCESSION PLANS - Who got next?

Do we have life insurance for our elders and children? Does mom and dad, big mama and papa have a will in place? We have to master our business in order to master our next level. Talent and gifts alone won't insure that our children as well as ourselves are taken care of after succession takes place. Death is a part of life that we can't control; however, we can plan effectively. College savings bonds, insurance policies, business plans, home and property ownership are the best holiday gifts anyone can have to give.

BUSINESS - All in the Family

I have learned that the power of having a family owned business is powerful. Of course there are challenges and difficult times to go through, but if there's a entrepreneur(s) within the family, suppor them. Help them to reach their highest level of potential and success. Ownership is key to helping Black and Brown families survive and thrive in America. Support our businesses, help them to grow, hold them accountable and invest in their future. Their success is our success.