By Roy Douglas Malonson, Publisher
Booker T. Washington, who was an African-American educator, author, orator and advisor to several former presidents of the United States in his era; revealed a very true thought. He stated that, “If we do not do our duty now in laying the proper foundation for economic and commercial growth, our children and our children’s children will suffer because of our inactivity or shortness of vision.” I could not agree with him more, because as it is there is truly a barrier that holds members of the Black community back. Individuals of the African-American community are limited to very simple things and those things totally rule their minds. It is my opinion that, lack of exposure attributes a great deal to this phenomenon.
I must state that, I really have a hard time talking to people. Anyone that knows me and my wife, know that we speak the truth and do not cut any corners. That is the way we have always been and that is the way that we will remain. With that being stated, I just think that it is down-right ridiculous that so many people have a lot to say and most of it means absolutely nothing! At first, I thought it was just me but the more I think about it, I’m sure it’s not! When talking to normal, everyday people it just appears to be the same old redundant conversation with so many people. Perhaps, maybe there are about ten things that most Black people talk about. To me this element is also a representation of how their minds work.
To me this mentality shows that, that is what certain people lives are completely consumed with. Sports, entertainment, sex, drugs, alcohol, children-grandchildren, spouses, television, vehicles, educational degrees and religious affiliations; rules the mind of members of the Black community. Even at family get-togethers, funerals, parties etc. just think about the type of conversations that people have. When will we get it?
We MUST Understand, that there is more to life than the things and people that surround our communities. I blame a lot of this on our parents. Parents should expose their children to more than what is seen on television, heard on the radio and witnessed at school. It is the parent’s duty and obligation to ensure that their children know that there is more to life than just the environment they live in. The sad part is that you cannot teach or expose anyone to that which you do not know, or have never been exposed to.
Many of our parents are content with mediocrity not only for themselves but their children. At one point will we wake up! Other cultures, races and ethnicities are constantly climbing the ladder to success everyday; while members of our communities remain stagnated. I have a big problem with this. This is why I felt compelled to encourage the faithful and loyal readers of African-American News&Issues to, “Expand your Mind”.
Continuing, I would just like to reference the words of Frederick Douglas who stated that, “It is better to be part of a great whole than to be the whole of a small part.” Expanding your mind, horizon and exposure to different areas of the world, knowledge and other cultures; will serve to give a better insight as to how many members of the Black community may become, “part of a great whole versus being the whole of a small part.” However, if you are satisfied to be mediocre, you are indifferent to yourself because you don’t believe you’re entitled to more. Again I state, “Expand your mind!”