Being the Master of Your Fate, etc.
The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. may have been a “transformative leader,” but years later, what did his transformation bring? He handed the black community the ball, but in many cases, they haven’t run with it. And while there have been some strides, it’s a small crack in the wall against the tide of black unemployment, the number who break laws and go to prison, and those who quit high school after years of misbehaving and ditching.
While “to get a good job, get a good education” may have been the catch phrase at one time, it ain’t necessarily so because many with only high school are making millions, and they’re doing it legally! Music moguls are but one example, athletes and rap artists are another and actors are a third. For every Russell Simmons, there are thousands in gangs. For every Shaquille O’Neal, there are thousands hanging out in the streets and for every Jennifer Hudson, there are thousands who think they can sing and act but never do anything about it.
To get ahead in these or any field, a person has to have talent and discipline, which is what many lack. We may strive for a color-blind, ethnic-blind world, but when we hear about blacks shooting each other or see blacks looting on the streets of London or robbing stores and beating up on people in flash mobs in Philly, all bets and color blinders are off.
As an ethnic I know this: Those who don’t want to fan the flames of ethnic hatred and stereotypes had better work hard. They’d better mind their p’s and q’s and be prepared to work hard, but this is hard to do when society becomes the fall guy for all that’s wrong.