By Johnny Johnson
“When we hate we only hurt ourselves. Because half of the people we hate don’t know it, the other half don’t care”- Medgar Evers…
Hate and anger are described as strong generalized emotions. Hate is an emotion of detest, that produces active ill-will and malice. Anger is an emotion of passion, excited by injury that generates rage. These two emotions, in combination, seem to exist throughout America’s black society more and more today.
They fester in our hearts and souls as like unto a sickness. This hate and anger keep our advancement as a culture and as a people stagnant and under productive overall as part of society. And justifiably so, some will say.
One cannot dismiss the horrible truths of the past. But hate and anger also obstructs and impedes a healing that is sorely needed within the black community.
Retaining the hate and anger emotions will only eat away at us inside and keep us bitter, defiant and resentful in our relationships and attitudes. We cannot continue to allow our hurt to transition into our hate.
A wise man once said, “to destroy an enemy, make him a friend.” As a people, we are in a downward spiral of existence and being. There can be no good or benefit for anyone, as long as hate and anger exist within the mindset of the African American.
Why hate emotionally inside, the slave owner or lynch-men who are no longer alive? Where is the justice or revenge for us on the Bull Curry’s and George Wallace’s of the civil rights era? Their judgments and consequences will be paid in the realm of the hereafter. As a people, as a nation, it is time for healing. And more important, it is time for recovery and moving on.
The oppression and treatment of blacks in the United States is indeed shameful. The scars of the past will forever be. Be that as it may, it is what it is, and we cannot recover or move forward unless and until we first heal. This is a healing that begins on an individual basis.
Every black must heal within themselves, differently in their own way. Once the inner anguish, that chains and imprisons us emotionally is removed, we need to grant clemency to the past.
Without the hate and anger for the past, we liberate ourselves and our future from the cost of that past. Once we as a people have healed, we will be able to instinctively focus and direct our emotional energies into progressive, positive, and productive attitudes and accomplishments.
The challenges of hate and anger removal will be daunting for sure. For some painful and close to impossible. But it is something that is mandatory and must be done. Keeping in our minds and fore-thoughts that forgiving is not forgetting.
We are obligated, as black people to the ongoing forward movement of the movement. Our pledge should be changing “We shall overcome” into “We have overcome.”
October 16, 2023, HOUSTON, TX – Congressional Candidate Amanda Edwards has raised over $1 million in less than 4 months, a substantial sum that helps bolster the frontrunner status of the former At-Large Houston City Council Member in her bid for U.S. Congress. Edwards raised over $433,000 in Q3 of 2023. This strong Q3 report expands on a successful Q2 where Edwards announced just 11 days after declaring her candidacy that she had raised over $600,000. With over $829,000 in cash-on-hand at the end of the September 30th financial reporting period, Edwards proves again that she is the clear frontrunner in the race. “I am beyond grateful for the strong outpouring of support that will help me to win this race and serve the incredible people of the 18th Congressional District,” said Edwards. “We are at a critical juncture in our nation’s trajectory, and we need to send servant leaders to Congress who can deliver the results the community deserves. The strong support from our supporters will help us to cultivate an 18th Congressional District where everyone in it can thrive.” Edwards said. “Amanda understands the challenges that the hard-working folks of the 18th Congressional District face because she has never lost sight of who she is or where she comes from; she was born and raised right here in the 18th Congressional District of Houston,” said Kathryn McNiel, spokesperson for Edwards’ campaign. Edwards has been endorsed by Higher Heights PAC, Collective PAC, Krimson PAC, and the Brady PAC. She has also been supported by Beto O’Rourke, among many others. About Amanda: Amanda is a native Houstonian, attorney and former At-Large Houston City Council Member. Amanda is a graduate of Eisenhower High School in Aldine ISD. Edwards earned a B.A. from Emory University and a J.D. from Harvard Law School. Edwards practiced law at Vinson & Elkins LLP and Bracewell LLP before entering public service. Edwards is a life-long member of St. Monica Catholic Church in Acres Homes. For more information, please visit www.edwardsforhouston.com
As September 13th rolls around, we extend our warmest birthday wishes to the creative powerhouse, Tyler Perry, a man whose indomitable spirit and groundbreaking work have left an indelible mark on the world of entertainment. With his multifaceted talents as an actor, playwright, screenwriter, producer, and director, Tyler Perry has not only entertained but also inspired audiences worldwide, particularly within the African-American community, where his influence and role have been nothing short of powerful. Born in New Orleans, Louisiana, in 1969, Tyler Perry’s journey to stardom was a path riddled with adversity. Raised in a turbulent household, he found refuge in writing, using it as a therapeutic outlet. This period of introspection gave rise to one of his most iconic creations, Madea, a vivacious, no-nonsense grandmother who would later become a beloved figure in Perry’s works, offering a unique blend of humor and profound life lessons. Despite facing numerous challenges, including rejection and financial struggles, Perry’s determination and unwavering belief in his abilities propelled him forward. In 1992, he staged his first play, “I Know I’ve Been Changed,” which, although met with limited success, was a pivotal moment in his career. Unfazed by initial setbacks, Perry continued to hone his craft, and by 1998, he had successfully produced a string of stage plays that showcased his storytelling prowess.
Calling all teenage student-athletes! If you have dreams of playing college soccer and wish to represent an HBCU, the HBCU ID Camp is your golden opportunity. From 8 am to 5 pm on November 11-12, Houston Sports Park will transform into a hub for aspiring male and female soccer players. Coaches from HBCUs across the nation will be present to evaluate, scout, and offer valuable feedback. Moreover, they might even spot the next soccer prodigy to join their collegiate soccer programs. This camp is not just about honing your soccer skills but also a chance to connect with the HBCU soccer community. You’ll learn the ins and outs of what it takes to excel on the field and in the classroom, which is crucial for a college athlete. The HBCU ID Camp is an excellent platform to network with coaches, learn from experienced athletes, and take the first steps toward your college soccer journey. To secure your spot at this incredible event, don’t forget to register [here](insert registration link). Space is limited to 120 participants, so make sure to reserve your place before it’s too late. It’s time to turn your dreams of playing college soccer into a reality.