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They Say They Can't Get Ahead - What has Black History Really Taught Us

No matter how difficult life may be, somehow some way our people survive!  Is this what black history has taught us?  Well, if one doesn't bother to learn more about one's own history, doesn't read anything encouraging about someone else's history, and prefers to spend more time worried about the next bill, next confrontation, and what the next celebrity is up to, how can he or she really get ahead?

What is getting ahead anyway?  Is it more money, more house, more cars, new job, new location, improved body, new mindset...all of the above?

Problems mount and many of our people drown for lack of knowledge.  They never bothered to look up their dilemma on the Internet, sit down with a professional, or do the necessary footwork to get their issues resolved.  They were easily distracted by everything but focusing on what really matters which is getting ahead! 

When I look back on American black history that has been presented on this site and others, I see a multitude of good and bad, winners and losers, sane and insane individuals and groups that didn't always help others to achieve.  Some systematically followed their masters' many directives to help further oppress a people, that for many decades, has been mentally challenged, economically disadvantaged, and socially challenged.  And I must say, it hurts, because sometimes the more things change, the more they stay the same!

Many of our people are rebellious, prideful, and believe that they know how to do this and that while peddling a product that they think they know, befriending someone that they believe loves him or her, or worse trusting in a powerless god or gods while living an ungodly lifestyle.  "Rub this thing for luck, go to this place for peace, eat this thing and it should help..." our people advise one another on things they never bothered to research, do themselves, and don't know the facts about!  Some who know better call this sort of behavior, "Ignorant, foolish and stupid!" 

Getting ahead takes work, lots of work!  When suggestions are made to do more than what one is already doing, some of our people respond with deep sighs and eye-rolls.  Others play like they didn't hear or didn't know.  "Come again, you want me to do what?  How much more are you going to pay me?  I don't feel like doing that...Now what all do you want me to do, because I don't have the money or the time?  Oh, that's too much!  Girl, I don't know all those big words, I can't remember all 'dat!"  This is what some black folks who are trying to get ahead say!  Now does that sound like getting ahead kind of talk!?

Black history month reminds us of many blacks who not only did, could have and should have!  You don't hear those stories!  Not every black person who has gone before us got things right, contrary to all of the bragging that goes on during this time of the month many black folks got things all wrong, yet we can learn from them too!  For starters, think of the many entertainers who sold their souls to the devil!  They missed out on so much!  So what they are the first black to do this or that!  They could have helped so many including freeing brainwashed minds, but personal desperation during those moments of trying to get ahead has now caused them to walk dead!

Take a moment to look up those who failed within and out of your family and ask yourself, "Am I repeating the cycle?  What do I still need to do to get ahead?  What have I already done that has caused much distress for self and family?  How can I teach others to do what's morally right to get ahead?  What am I willing to give to motivate others?"

Nicholl McGuire


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