On Sosa, Sankofa, and Our Culture (or) Can’t Wait
One of my favorite writings that I can remember reading as a young child is “Why We Can’t Wait,” written by none other than Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Even as a child who had the fortune of only dealing with at worst, subtle racism and bigotry, the impact of King’s words and the urgency with which it was written struck me as coming from a man on the edge, someone who was willing to sacrifice his freedom, his personal safety, his comfort, his life–
–all of which he ultimately did give up–in order to lift his people and people in various stages of being shunned by white America during this time,
My favorite excerpt:
…When you are forever fighting a degenerating sense of ‘nobodiness’—then you will understand why we find it difficult to wait. There comes a time when the cup of endurance runs over, and men are no longer willing to be plunged into the abyss of despair.”
Today, I despair because the same people that mourn the loss of life in Chicago and simultaneously beg for the National Guard and the FBI to come and police our communities are the same individuals blasting Chief Keef from car trunks.
(I saw you, dude who had the ‘Free Sosa’ sign at the IU game. :/ Parents, raise your kids.)
And I’m not saying that dude’s music is the cause of Chicago violence. But it is the reflection of the way our youth are living, as told by a 17-year old with gang ties and behavioral disorder(s).
Apparently, the bitches love Sosa. But do they love the culture?
Can they recite a paragraph from “Why We Can’t Wait,” or 16 bars from “I Hate Being Sober?”
Bringing me to today’s point.
Some of us really are tired of waiting.
And as I said in the very first entry, one of my objectives is to highlight those that are doing great things that people don’t focus on or that gets lost in the shuffle.
For the last year or so, I’ve had the pleasure of following a young lady who has the most discussion-sparking Facebook statuses that challenge her readers to know and do better.
Some of you know her by her government, others by her FB name.
I’ll just call her GG here. Same effect.
This Wednesday, Feb. 6th at 6pm, Sankofa (5820 W Chicago Avenue) will host a think tank, with the intent of discussing issues that are of importance to the black community in Chicago and elsewhere–
–and, discussing and debating potential solutions to the problems and issues that affect us.
[Come] so that WE can discuss, dialogue and debate and AGREE on what is BEST for OUR community and what’s happening and NOT happening with our people economically, spiritually, emotionally and physically as well. Blacks everywhere are in a bad position whether we’d like to admit it or not.
So if you, too, are tired of waiting, come out and bring your ideas.
The ‘cup of endurance’ for people like GG and myself spilled over a long time ago.
I’m out. Until tomorrow.