Forgive me, but many people think that Black men haven’t stood up for anything since the days of the Black Panthers.
And come to think of it, I’m not really sure I can disagree with that.
Please do not get me wrong, but a lot of brothers have seemingly stepped out of the forefront of politics, community leadership, family, and in general, giving their voice to various social, ethical, and moral issues.
Let’s be real, most of our leaders today are all senior citizens. Old Black men aren’t risking going to jail to fight for a cause. They’ve slowed down and aren’t up for that–naturally, they’ve become conservative and complacent.
Liberation is a young man’s game.
The images of the Black male has gotten innocent Black men killed. The insidious nature of this was created by the white media. And the sad part, many Black men in positions to speak boldly, choose to cower, and often play into these media perceptions.
You have to earn respect and with that, this means that you have to be willing to give something up in order to achieve a certain goal.
Black men have an image of profiling and “frontin'” but not many today have records of actively standing up for anything. You can abuse them, hate them, even kill them, then some pastor will pray, insisting Black people to get on our knees, and ask God to redeem the offenders, then, back to the same ole’ same ole’. Cowardice. Plain and simple.
You don’t pray for leaders YOU RAISE LEADERS!
Look at the state of our communities across this nation. Black males walk around with their pants hanging off of their behinds, refusing to read books, but want to drive expensive cars, while living with a girlfriend on food stamps. How many Black children have been spawned by the irresponsible Black male? What is this doing to our community as a whole? Young Black men need strong male role models so that they can be STRONG MALES. It takes men to raise men.
What are Black men building? What will be the legacy of this generation?
No. I’m not a man-hater, nor do I make it a habit to criticize Black males, but honestly, the work that I’ve put in trying to stand up for, defend verbally (literally writing a book to young brothers) to empower them, but to continually have to rebuke the apathy that comes from many Black males, sometimes just frustrates me. I’m just a woman, and can never understand what it means to be a Black man, but I am a double-minority, and all Black women have experienced sexism and racism. We get no brakes, but we get up every day and choose to fight.
All I’m saying is that with the current state of racial bias being directed at many Black males, it’s high time for many to stop hiding behind facades and face their enemies head on–with the gun if necessary. Do something. Real men prepare themselves for confrontation.
Kings build nations and empires. Being a king requires that a man take the lead, be strong, wise, and raise his people up, as he is raised up, being the human equivalent of the divine force that created him.
We’ve got your back, but we can’t continue to carry you.
Being a man means taking control. And that’s what Black men must do if they want to be empowered in this world.
***For years, I’ve interacted and had discussions with Black men–-at times, they can become hostile when a woman, particularly a Black woman, tells them what the real issues are that provoke them and make them act negatively toward them. Because of these conversations in years past, I was motivated to write a book to Black men in 2011, entitled, A Journey Into The Mind of a Black Woman: In Search of Black Men Who Live With Purpose. I think it was ahead of it’s time–all these years later, what I talked about is very relevant to young brothers like yourself. Get a copy–and READ IT! The narrative is a letter to young Black men–-a conversation that needs to be had. Here’s the link: http://www.amazon.com/Journey-Into-Mind-Black-Woman/dp/1468025228/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1406208944&sr=8-1&keywords=A+Journey+Into+The+Mind+of+a+Black+Woman