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To the Men of Our Community (5704 hits)

This post is specifically for the men of our communities. Ladies, please read this and share it with the men in your life.

Brothers, our society is in crisis. As a direct result of people's passive attitudes, the future for our children is now dimmer than it was in the past. Furthermore, the things that we used to take for granted are starting to disappear. If these trends continue, a culture of poverty, miseducation, substance abuse, violence, and death will threaten our households and our loved ones.

As you read this, the quality of our educational system is deteriorating. Many of our childrens' teachers are becoming unable to teach, and our children are becoming reluctant to learn.

They are constantly being approached by people and institutions that will profit from their ignorance. In a spirit of fairness, we've allowed them their voice. Now, it's time to reassert ours.

The unavoidable fact is this: if we do not set some ground rules for our families, our relationships, and our society, we will perish, and everything we and our ancestors worked for will be destroyed.

This is not a criticism of anyone in our community; if you are reading this, chances are, you are one of the men who is ready to start fighting these disastrous trends. Like most of us, you are also tired of excuses and sermonizing.

For far too long, we've let the most foolish members of our community have free reign. They abandon their families, disrespect our women, poison our children physically and mentally, and are a general embarrassment to everything that we're supposed to stand for.

Many of us refer to ourselves "kings" and "warriors", so let's start acting the part.

First, let's define kingship. Despite what you may have been taught, a king is not a ruler simply by power or birthright. Rulers who are poor leaders are quickly overthrown. A king is someone who is so respected for his knowledge and courage that others agree to follow him in everything he does. Kings don't walk in submission to anyone (except God, according to his own beliefs). They rule their territory, and they do it with wisdom.

Warriors aren't afraid of what the enemy can do to them. They sharpen their minds to confront any type of threat. They certainly do not cripple their own society from within. There is no tolerance or acceptance of traitors in a warrior culture.

There are far too many people around us whose pure ignorance is destroying our communities and families.

Are we smart enough and determined enough to sacrifice and invest in our own survival? If so, we must first break the personal weaknesses and desires that threaten our ability to lead.

Every time our morality is compromised, a family is destroyed. Every time that we don't keep our word, we don't follow through, we take the easy way out - a potential leader is removed from our community.

I call upon anyone who reads this, and who agrees with its content, to join me in reclaiming our society. We must remove the control of our families from the government, the media, and the opportunists, and return it to the hands of wise men.

There are certain behaviors which are causing confusion and destruction in our communities. We all know what they are. Do not permit them in your household or your community. You are the king! Without your labor, there wouldn't even be a community.

We must take a unified stand. For those who are causing harm to our community, you are no longer welcome among us. We will not associate with you. We will not do business with you. We will not tolerate your presence in our homes or our schools. We will not expose our children to your influence.

I encourage every man among us, young and old, wealthy and poor alike, to take his part in restoring the healthy, prosperous, and peaceful homes to which we are rightfully entitled. There is no alternative.
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Friday, July 25th 2008 at 10:41AM
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This blog is absolutely wonderful! :0) I am a Black woman, but I hope that everyone who is a member of this site reads your comments. They are needed and so encouraging to hear. Thank you.
Friday, July 25th 2008 at 4:07PM
Thanks for writing this! "For far too long, we've let the most foolish members of our community have free reign. They abandon their families, disrespect our women, poison our children physically and mentally, and are a general embarrassment to everything that we're supposed to stand for."

To this I say, absolutely boundaries should be set. Usually when men of any community begin to "set boundaries" it usually involves trying to control their women. I think, as Black women we are on the right path -- MOST of us, even those of us who stumble and fall. We really need to get the younger generation where we are. To be less vapid and materialistic and to show them that having dignity and self respect should be valued more than money and "name brand clothes" and shoes.
Friday, July 25th 2008 at 5:32PM
BRAVO! Definitely passing this on
Friday, July 25th 2008 at 6:33PM
Great blog Bro, keep up the great work man!
Sunday, July 27th 2008 at 5:34AM
All I have to say is thank you. Because you are a man and stating this, Truth is the best answer, Honesty is the best way to deal with self.

Thank you
Sunday, July 27th 2008 at 9:20PM
First we are a lost people in a strange land without an identity, without a country, without a culture, without a religion, witout a purpose and until we return to who we are and seperate ourselves from the know enemy, nothing will change. Chasing after other gods, culture, races will only continue to destroy us. Our History is found in the Torah or Old Testament which our enemy, Christians has told us to do away with. Why trust our slave master children whom continue the treatment of our fore fathers slave masters. We need our own schools, religion, business, so that we can teach our children their history, respect, love for self. We need to create jobs in our community with business. Let us stop supporting well to do black folks that do not contribute to our community or well being. I am Hebrew and my god name is Yahweh. Peace and love to all that read this comment.
Wednesday, July 30th 2008 at 9:17AM
`I agree with you that our society is in crisis, but I disagree with you that the reason is a direct result of people's passive attitudes. All ready we have thrown a lot of bodies, flesh and bone at the State-machine-, people have gotten chewed up like dog meat by it; black people have lost their jobs, status, life and lime fighting the machine. Just because you are not reading about it in the newspapers or seeing it on TV does not mean people are not fighting and resisting oppressive conditions. They are out there everyday struggling with the system. I was in the Navy and very few people ever heard of the USS Kitty Hawk or the stand that black sailors made there. I bet right now we do not know half of what black military people are struggling to change in Iraq. We know very little about the blacks who stood up in New Orleans during Katrina and who are standing up right now for better housing or of their sacrifices. Therefore, cannot accept your conclusion that people’s passive attitudes are the problem unless you are talking specifically about white people’s passive attitude and I think that is changing with Oboma’s bid for the presidency. Thanks for writing this column it gave me this chance to comment. Keep it up.
Tuesday, August 5th 2008 at 7:50AM
The reasons for Lack of Progress, Lack of Respect (Self- and Others) are too varied to handle in a single post. Different people have different experiences. I grew up in a two parent home, so I lack the gene for distrust of father figures. My parents taught me that education was the key to success in life. When I graduated from high school, the question was: 'Where are you going to college?' not 'Are you going to do something positive with your life?'. This sentiment was echoed by ever aunt, uncle, or cousin that I came in contact with. By the time I graduated from high school (kid number seven), it was more like 'Are you going to this siblings university are that siblings university?'. I taught school for a hot minute and I saw many kids with bright futures. I also saw others who did not have the support of a caring adult to encourage them to move forward. I saw kids whose parents were in conflict and how that affected their behavior/lack of success in the classroom. As adults we worry about things that we have little control over. Imaging a child who believes their parents don't love them enough to raise them as a team.
Wednesday, August 6th 2008 at 7:26PM
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