Hello Fellow Members,
I will start this message out by noting that I am pretty new to this site, and as a new member may be ignorant on passed discussions that I may have missed. Maybe. Hopefully someone else has posted this same type of message and things are being done already. Maybe. Hopefully I am the last one to know about this movement and am searching in the dark for someone to lend me a hand and show me how I too can become involved. But if those things have not happened and this is the first time that these words have been said then please help them become a reality.
Once again with me being new to this site many may have no clue what my motivation is or may be wondering what makes me think that I have the right to stand on my high horse and speak on such issues. I know that some of what I may say may offend. Trust me I don't do this on purpose and much of the critisms I have for anyone I hold myself to those same standards. I too need the motivation of these words and also the collective wisdom of those that may read this post.
Let me take a second to explain where I am coming from. Last year I had the pleasure of going to a function that was hosted by a young black poet named Khari B. He spoke on many issues affecting the Black community as a whole and politics in general. After which I paid $10 for his C.D as many of the views that were expressed in his poems were things that I had said in mumbled words in my own circles. It felt good to hear my thoughts put to iambic pentameter. At the end of the night I couldn't wait to get to the car to listen to the rest of his works. That's when I was able to hear the second poem on the disc entitled "The Nigga that does Nothin". This poem resonated with me as it detailed a lazy and conviction less black person that has witnessed many atrocities against his own kind, yet felt no need to get involved in change. He went on to detail that this "Nigga" had the knowledge and the means to help but was so content in sneaking below the radar that he continued to do nothing. Was he talking about me? Sure I have helped campaign for my political candidate of choice, given money to Christian Community Youth Groups, and tried to live my life accordingly, but is that enough? In this day and age where there seems to be a War on the Intellectual Black men and Women in this county and most of the Enemy Combatants are Black Men and Women isn't there more that can be done?
In his book "Stupid White Men....and other sorry excuses for the State of the Nation" (I love that title) Michael Moore wrote that many of the problems with this country have been created by White Men i.e. the A-Bomb, Chemical Weapons, Racism to name a few. He detailed a litany of bad things that happened to him as the result of actions by a White Man. He talked of the person that tried to dump his latest book, a person that stole his checks etc.... He further spoke that he never had anything bad in his life that happened to him happen at the hands of a Black man and ended with the rhetorical question "Why are they (Blacks) so feared by the nation since most of what is wrong with this nation was caused by Whites?". Well as much as I like Mr. Moore and applaud his attempts at awakening his people our people need an awakening too. Sadly enough I can speak on negative acts that have been done to me by Blacks and I know that I am not the only one that can say the same. The girlfriend that cheated on me, the person that broke into my apartment, the person that hit my niece with his car and drove off because he didn't have insurance all were Black. These events were personal but there are those that affect our community. Just like the rapper that openly preaches breaking the law, the R & B singer that glorifies objectifying our women and emasculating our men. They are the dangerous ones in my eyes. These are also the ones that need awakening.
This philosophy of Niggas that do nothing has even crept into our political system. We used to have positive groups that stood up for our community the NAACP, SNCC and the much vilified Black Panthers. But what do we have now? Do you completely trust those out there that are supposed to represent you? When one of our more vocal supposed leaders has to admit to having a child out of wedlock and keeping his mistress on the payroll and another is looked at as a trouble maker with a bad perm it has to make a person wonder if the message is being looked at seriously. I have called the political organizations. I have written letters to those groups that say they are for the same things that I am for. I have screamed at the television when the Bill O'Riellys and the Sean Hannitys speak and found myself exponentially angrier when those politicians that are supposed to represent me and those Black leaders that are supposed to be able to speak for the community have no responses to their inane talking points. Isn't there more that could be done and should be done? I know the answer is a resounding Yes!!! I know that there is more that we could and should be doing to further advance our efforts to place ourselves in a more positive light than the dim one that glimmers in the distance above us. We have to do more than post our collective thoughts on a web page. Are we the Niggas that are doing nothing??....well nothing to bring about change anyways, and if we are then what can we do to change that fact. Additionally what can we do to can change our sad realities that we face in our community? How can we begin an era where we have safe neighborhoods for our children to play in, better schools, increased social awareness and less children born out of wedlock? What can we do to help against the erosion of the family, foster financial prosperity and bridge the divide between our men and women? I am at my wits end of saying that something needs to be done and not knowing what or how. With this post I ask for all that are out there that agree with what I have to say to help. Help get our voices out. Help promote a situation where the knowledgeable are the ones that represent us instead of the negative images from BET, NBA, NAACP, and all the other acronyms that do our community no justice. We should be the ones leading our young community instead of those that wish to exploit it. The rap artists, the comedians, the alcohol distributors are right now planning their next spiel to bombard on our people with their means of control by telling them that it's cool to shirk responsibility, dishonor our women, and have no plan for the future. These are the things where WE should be leading the discussion. So this is my formal appeal for Help. Help me with the knowledge needed to inform, help me bring others to see the light. Help me find a way to bring this message to the masses. Help me help ourselves! I mean I hate being called a Nigga (by anyone White or Black) but I for Damn sure don't want to be the Nigga that Does Nothin!!!