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Still Honoring the Deceased But What Are We Doing Now?

I mean no disrespect to Martin Luther King and his dream, but where are the modern day dreamers? Where are the movers and shakers who are still fighting for civil rights (and I am not talking about political puppets either?)

Every year it is ingrained in our heads about a legend who organized a march that changed the way many Americans thought about the black man. However, who is leading the march nowadays to update one's thinking about black Americans?

It seems that most people who are moving and shaking the black community presently are in the entertainment industry. If they aren't dancing around like the man who calls himself a General (never served in the military mind you) on American Idol, they are holding up pyramids in media interviews like Jay-Z. However, I must applaud the General on his silly act it is motivating some young men "who are looking like fools with their pants on the ground" to do something different especially when people start singing that song every time they see one!

I don't know about you, but just as some whites are tired of hearing about George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, and the Kennedys, I am tired of hearing about Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King. Anyone black who has been prejudged, knows that discrimination still exists, and as long as the message "separate and not equal" is sprinkled here there and everywhere it will always exist! We see this everytime someone comes out with some poll or study to make a difference between the black, white, hispanic, and asian communities. HOWEVER...

In time the old Negro leaders will have to take a backseat (so to speak) so that we can see our present and future a little more clearly. I know about looking back on history to prepare for tomorrow, but some people have been in black history so long that they can't see what is happening now! Some black folks are so far in time that they still can't look a white man in his eyes!

What worked yesterday isn't necessarily going to work today. Maybe its time for an Internet march of some sort? Maybe its time for a strike on overpriced, overhyped stores both on and offline (and if there is even a hint of discrimination drop them -- no black magazines drop them, no black music drop them, no black anything drop them!) Maybe its time to quit telling young people to go to colleges they can't afford. I'm sure you can think of a few who had no business going to college and no support to pay the loans and now their credit is ruin, their income tax refund is non-existant and their wages are being garnished. Maybe its time to stop giving your hard-earned money to churches who aren't doing anything for the community or YOU. Oh we reason we are giving to God, but which one: god or the one true God? Here's a clue that you aren't giving to the right God when you are still spiritually and materially struggling with the same issues year after year! Maybe its time for African Americans to stop buying cds, dvds, and watching and listening to other media that insist on portraying immoral, evil images and endorsing evil products. Maybe its time to close credit cards and bank accounts that keep sucking your finances dry of overdraft fees, over limit fees, and any other fees they keep coming up with!

We are so busy being distracted by the past that we see the present with blurred vision and are blinded to the future.-- Nicholl McGuire

I'm tired of talking about deceased black folks and maybe you are too.

Nicholl McGuire

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