There is no picture or music video that I could find to capture how I feel.
As the resident black man of SSSO (pause), of course I would have to be the one to write about black men for the SSSO version of Black in America. I was thinking what should I write about. The pressures that society place on black men? Naw. The effeminizing effect of feminism on men? Nope. How the crack era displaced men from the family for a period that extended pass the era? I’ll pass.
The one thing that I noticed that hasn’t been done is a message directly to the people that need it most. I’ve seen no one talk to black men. I understand that this may not be the best forum. The people who need it most probably don’t read this blog. Hell they probably don’t read many blogs; maybe some of the blogs on SSHO. That’s about it.
I don’t get us. Read this: http://www.inthesetimes.com/article/2621/ After reading that, I just had to ask myself. Why? It cannot be because we don’t have positive role models. All the women are becoming successful and more educated and doing big things. Hell, there are men who are doing big things too. Why are we going to jail more than any other race in the country? Yea, the system is flawed and made for our destruction blah blah blah. But does that mean we should play into it, should we just give up? Why are we living shorter lives than our peers? Yes, we have inherent genetic issues and yes the hood is dangerous but does that mean that we shouldn’t try lead safe and healthy lives in order to avoid this.
I think the root of all these issues can be narrowed down to one thing. A lack of cojones, no backbone, no fortitude. Many of us walk around, all day and every day flaunting our apparent sexual prowess and how “hard” we are but when it comes to things that matter, we’re punks. I don’t see where this came from. We are the descendants of kings, warriors and some of the first scientists. Some of our immediate forefathers stood in the face of the klan, and fire hoses and dogs. There are people who lived there life valiantly knowing that if they were too successful, the klan would kill them. Our forefathers lived in the face of those dangers but we cant do what is right today?
I just don’t get it. Can someone explain it to me? I’m tired of seeing the state of the black union addresses and these black in America documentaries. We all know the problems. The question is how do we fix them.