Jan 3, 2012


I was browsing the website BlackAmericaWeb.com when I came across an article written by Cousin Jeff Johnson entitled, Five Things Our Community Need in 2012. I was so inspired by what he wrote that I thought I would come up with my own list. Here is what I came up with:

1. To Support Black Businesses - How can we expect other people to support our businesses if we won't support them ourselves. It is imperative that we support our own. And with that being said, Black Businesses need to understand the concept of 'Customer Service'. I realize that may come across as a little condescending, but Lord knows it's the truth. Just because I look like you doesn't mean you can treat me any kind of way when I'm paying you for a service.

2. To get More Involved Politically - As citizens of this here great country, it is important that we remember that our civic duty does not end with voting. Voting or registering to vote is just the beginning. Showing up at the polls is very important, but it's just as important that we stay involved and attend those city council meetings. We have to hold these politicians accountable and the best way to do that is by being informed of the issues.

3. To come together - Black men and Black women need to realize that we are in this thing together. Enough of the finger pointing. United we stand and divided we fall. It's not until we come together as one that we'll be able to solve what ails us. Black men stop calling your women 'bitches', and Black women stop calling your men 'deadbeats'. Enough!

4. We need more substance - for all the entertainment news and gossip that you consume make sure you balance it out by checking out sites such as Black Enterprise, Time Magazine, and CSPAN. Just as it's important to have a balance diet when it comes to food, it's just as important to have a balance diet when it comes to your media intake. I know we all desire some mindless entertainment every now and then, but don't allow that mindless entertainment to be the totality of your mental stimulation.

5. Give back to our schools - If you had the pleasure of matriculating a degree from a historical black college, make sure you give back to that college. There are many ways in which you can give back. Every little bit helps.

6. Pay attention to the Republican Primaries - just because you may not be voting for the Republicans does not mean you shouldn't be paying attention to what is going on. Again, this goes back to being a responsible citizen; besides, you need to have your facts straight when you try to debate the opposition in the barbershop and the beauty salon.

7. Demand better images and depictions of black women - no explanation needed.

8. Stop blaming single mothers for all that ails the black community - again, no explanation needed.

9. Do something outside of our comfort zone - If you've never been to the museum then go. If you've always desired to take that trip to Paris then do that too. The only thing standing in your way is you. It doesn't have to be something big. It could just be trying out that new restaurant that opened downtown. Just try something new and expand your horizons.

10. Get back to the Village Mentality - We need to remember that all these little black boys and girls belong to each and every one of us. Individually we may not be able to save them all, but if we come together as a collective we might just be able to save more than we lose.

Honorable Mention:

Stop being distraction by the politics of Mass Distraction - they use things like the number of black women getting married and black women being scientifically unattractive as a way to distract you from what's really going on in our society. Stop being fooled by the okey doke and dig deeper. Tools like racism, sexism, and homophobia are weapons that are wielded by those in control to keep us divided and fighting amongst ourselves so we don't see what's really going on and how we're all being controlled. In words of Dap from School Daze, it's time for all of us to 'WAKE UP'.

So tell me what do out think should be a New Year's Resolution for the Black Community?

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