Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Salute to Rosa Parks

I don't think there are any words to express the gratitude that we owe Mrs. Parks. What I find particularly sad right now is that we usually don't remember people or their contributions until they pass. She was a true pioneer. I guess the biggest lesson that I take from her life is that even the most simple act can lead to a major revolution of change for the betterment of society. Rather we stand for justice, kindness, economic empowerment or whatever - we should do just that...STAND. As black Americans, I sometimes think that we have gotten too comfortable with the benefits that people like Rosa Parks stood and and in numerous cases died for. We work hard to get a college education to get a good job so that we can buy a house in the suburbs, get married and have 2.5 kids. The American Dream right? Wake up y'all. It's time to get back in the fight for justice and equality for all, starting with our people.

Let's rekindle the love that we once had for each other as brothers and sisters in a foreign land. It never seems to amaze me how so many nationalities can migrate to America and within 20 years have more home ownership, more college graduates, more small business establishments than we do, even though we've been here longer. We are more likely to be poor, uneducated, incarcerated, divorced, date and marry outside of our race and the list goes on.

I am not militant. I am just saying. We need to find the love. The only way we can impact this country and this world for the better is if we learn to love each other first as brothers and sisters. This means, brothers quit dogging sisters out and saying that we are too loud and hard to love. Step up your game and be leaders, help us and love us for who we are. Sisters, that means quit settling and taking care of grown men who need grow up. Quit chasing them down. Quit marrying/dating for superficial reasons. Let's chill, okay. Let's get back to finer womanhood and when our men back. Not for romance, or course we want and need that too, but for the sake of our future viability. Lastly, let's work together to reach back and build our young generation. Today, they need our faces, skills, mistakes, successes, etc. now more than ever. As Hollywood continues to put negative images all around the world of our people, let's work to affect our young people at the lowest common denominator - in our homes and communities. Let's teach them to go beyond obtaining "things" and getting into the mindset of being world changers - spiritually, politically and economically.

Whatever your profession or passion is, use it! You never know when God will present your opportunity to change the world. For Rosa Parks, it was allowing her to be so tired from work that she refused to get up. Now, that is the POWER of God to take an everyday experience that we all have and use it to do a great thing in the world.

Boy, I sure I hope I haven't missed my chance. If so, I believe that he'll give me another one. I believe that he will give you one too. As a matter of fact, I believe that he will give our people another one too.

Be of good courage!

Kidd Grown


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