By: Roy Douglas Malonson
Thurgood Marshall alludes to a very true thought when he stated that, “Today’s Constitution is a realistic document of freedom only because of several corrective amendments. Those amendments speak to a sense of decency and fairness that I and other Blacks cherish”. Although many members of the Black community cherish and appreciate the inclusion of amendments to the Constitution that WE as Blacks should have never been left out of to begin with, there are some that have absolutely no respect for it at all.
It just appears to me that we have gotten away from the basics. There was a time when Blacks were not too good to work as janitors, construction workers, cooks, out in the fields and in the yards. But now members from other races and ethnicities are capitalizing off of the jobs and labor that Blacks used to do. As a result, their communities are constantly being fortified and ours, well just look around you. We have youth that are hanging out on street corners in the middle of the day, with no intended purpose in sight. There is a serious problem here. Our children are living in a society and really do not know how to survive and stand on their own two feet. We need to go back to the old landmark and methods of the elders who raised us with dignity and respect.
Then to make matters worst you have those that are not hanging on the street corners, but still have minds that are messed up. On that note, it’s sad to say but education has just really gotten the best of some of those who look just like us, in the wrong way. Because once they get to the point where they believe they have arrived, they leave the community and never once look back to help those who are where they once were. Make no mistake, there is nothing wrong with one trying to better him or herself. All I’m saying is to invest back into the community.
Now in my day, even with a disability I worked hard to obtain anything that I wanted. I did not grow up with parents who relented to my every request. So if I saw something that I wanted I had to pick up cans, rake yards, offer my assistance to the elders of my community or any type of work that I could find to supply myself with those wants.
I can remember as a young boy when I first learned of the Boy Scouts at Antioch Missionary Baptist Church where Rev. F.N. Williams is the pastor. I wanted so badly to be one. With eight other siblings I knew that my father could not afford the expense of purchasing the outfit and necessary accessories needed to become one. Never once did I think twice about stealing or hurting anyone for something that I wanted. I made up in my mind that I wanted to be a Boy Scout and I sought out every opportunity that I could to make sure that I came up with all of the funds needed to do so without bothering my father. I worked selling cans and bottles and not long afterwards I had enough money to purchase my Boy Scout uniform and then had a little change to spare. And I am not alone there are many others who did just the same. So why is it that this tradition is not being passed down from generation to generation. Something is seriously wrong!
Concluding I would have to agree with Reverend Jesse Jackson who affirmed that, “Most Blacks argue that they excel because of hard work, because of intellect, determination, sweat, blood, tears and risk”. I too can vouch to this statement, because nothing that I have, own or possess came free. I had to pay a price for it. And if most of our faithful and dedicated audience of African-American News & Issues were truly honest with yourself, you know you did too. So let’s make a team effort to educate our children to work hard with determination, sweat, blood and tears. In doing so, we are only seeking to constitute a better future for our communities. Because at the end of the day if we do not concern ourselves with future of our communities then who will?