By Roy Douglas Malonson, Publisher
Maya Angleou once made a pledge to rescue the youth of the Black community. She stated, “Young women, young men of color, we add our voices to the voices of your ancestors who speak to you over ancient seas and across impossible mountain tops. Come up from the gloom of national neglect, you have already been paid for. Come out of the shadow of irrational prejudice, you owe no racial debt to history.
The blood of our bodies and the prayers of our souls have brought you a future free from shame and bright beyond the telling of it.
We pledge ourselves and our resources to seek for you clean and well furnished schools, safe and non-threatening streets, employment which makes use of your talents, but does not degrade your dignity. You are the best we have. You are ALL we have.”
I agree completely with Angelou because our youth are our future. However, this editorial is not just geared toward our youth, but our community as a whole, young and old.
Over the course of the past several weeks, there has been a lot that has been said and done in regards to the George Zimmerman verdict that was issued. Many Blacks across the country are outraged and just down-right mad as hell. Not that I do not share in and understand their sentiments. But I felt the need to address a concern that far too many of us overlook in the Black community. Although, I do not have to go out of the city or even out of state to explain the nonsense that I am referring to; I will just mention a Black on Black crime that took place just last week.
According to WDIV in Detroit, MI, 46-year-old, Pastor Tim Kirby who was a father and pastor known for his community activism was shot and killed because he asked neighbors; who were having a party to keep the noise down. WDIV further informed that, “Witnesses say some of the neighbors were having a party outside with loud music and screaming when Kirby came outside and asked them to keep it down. That’s when some men at the party became angry at Kirby and one man opened fire on him.”
We talk and criticize other races for the things that are done and said about the Black community. But, We MUST Understand that at the end of the day WE have become our own worst enemies. Black on Black, White on Black, Black on White, White on White whatever the case it’s all wrong!
But what bothers me most is that, Blacks have a tendency to go on massive rampages when they feel that other races have wronged us, but what about what WE do to US! And I mean on a daily basis. I’m not just talking about the Black on Black murders, but all of the Black on Black crimes that exist within our communities.
We MUST Understand if things are going to ever change they MUST start at the root of the problem. And we Africans in America are the root to our own problems. Make no mistake, I am not saying that we should not ban together and speak out when Blacks are victims of racial disparities and such, but we should also look in our own back yards.
Now anyone that knows me, and knows me well will tell you that I don’t walk around quoting scriptures all day long.
But in St. Matthew 7:3 it states,” And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?”
So what I’m saying is be careful when you cast judgment on the next man, because the knife really does cut both ways.