Where Are We Going?

Globe-joined-handsWhere have all our leaders gone? I understand that we all don’t have the strength to be a martyr, but damn. It seems as if no one is willing to stand up and be heard. I understand that today’s society is all for serving our own interests and advancing our own agenda, and there’s nothing wrong with that. It becomes a problem when we begin to use others as a means to an end, rather than treating people with the intrinsic respect that they deserve. Now, that’s not to say that if there are negative people in your life, by all means, remove them. You can’t teach someone that doesn’t want to be taught and you can’t help someone that doesn’t want to be helped. But what about the babies? What about the youth? They’re still being told the same lies we were told as kids, but now we’re the ones telling them. It’s 2012, yet violence is still being glorified. It’s still some sort of badge of honor to be poor and live in the “hood”. Academic achievement is still a “white” thing, while athletic acumen is a “black” one. There’s still a disproportionate amount of minorities in the penal system. We are still incarcerating the youth faster than we are educating them. I thought the point of life was to make it better for you and those around you, not to just accept what you have been handed and move along. But to do so, you’d be labeled a sell-out, and somehow not as real. Which is patently false, and that myth needs to die.

We need to teach the value of self worth to our children.We must teach them that they aren’t valuable because somebody thinks they look good, and they’re not valuable because they can sing a song well. They’re not valuable because they can throw a ball or run fast. They’re not valuable because you make straight A’s. They’re not valuable because they’re financially well off. But rather that they’re valuable because they’re unique. They’re valuable because each one of us brings a different viewpoint to the table. We are the sum of our experiences. There is an inherent value in us all, and it is independent of any external factors. Self-esteem should not be tied to anyone else’s opinions of us. Our imperfections are ultimately what make us who we are, and we must embrace them instead of downplaying them.

We’ve all got a part to play here. If our voices aren’t heard, the decisions get made for us and without us. I realize that the era of the Malcolm and Martin, Huey and Bobby, even Al and Jesse, are over. Our leaders need to be the father or father figure; the mother or mother figure. Older brothers. Big sisters. Guide our young ones down a better path than the one we traveled. Because simply, if we don’t remedy the mistakes of our past, our future is already lost.

By Clayton Hunt
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