First of all, I say communities because there are so many, we are a diaspora. We come from different places, with divergent issues. I am from the Caribbean, but I know blacks from South America, Africa, Europe, Asia, America, etc. We each have different issues and different perspectives. My point of view of current events affecting the African communities is within the confines of America.
We are constantly being duped into believing we are :
- without financial hope
- overly religious
- sports oriented and not academically inclined
- baby mamas and pimps
- incapable of thinking for ourselves, in other words we need a boss
Well, we know none of this is true. There are exceptions of course, as with any other community of people, regardless of their ethnicity.
These stereotypes are extremely dangerous for us as a people. We have to be aware, educated, and conscious of what’s happening in the world around us. We have to realize that we have just the same power, imagination, brain, and capabilities just like everyone else. DO NOT BELIEVE THE HYPE.
nothing in life can be achieved unless you put something into it. If you are working without investing then that’s all you are doing, working. Re-think that strategy perhaps. Start a small investment fund, a business, even if it is home-based. These are a few ideas you can reap the benefits of, without burdening yourself.
Whatever religious affiliation you may have, ensure they are re-investing in your community and not taking your money elsewhere. Look at the banks with which they are aligned. Ask questions about where they are using the funds you’ve tithed and offered.
Education doesn’t necessarily have to be in the form of a college degree. Read, explore, discuss, investigate, ask questions and don’t be afraid to open your mind while staying grounded to yourself and your community. Don’t lose focus.
Demand more services for your own community, guess what? It’s your community! The politicians and powers that be, expect you to be silent. Surprise them and use your voice whether that be vocally or with your pen and paper, computer, etc. Just speak up for what you want.
Don’t let social media dissaude you from being a good citizen or person. Your life matters, make a difference and change the negativity. We live in a world of good and bad, that’s just a fact. Once we start changing, realigning, refocusing then the imageries on social media will also change. We have to remember where we came from and where we are going. Where are you going without financial stability, credible finances and a strong foundation on which to stand. Not just for yourself, but your future selves.
This is the big N word for me. We can’t get far if we aren’t resourced up, and in order to know where we are going, we need to follow the lead of great people. Reach out without malice to the black businesses and find out where you fit in. Most are willing to give back but are afraid of negativity. They have to maneuver murky, shark infested waters, just like you and I, so let’s be tolerant and supportive. Networking can sometimes be confusing, especially to individuals who don’t get the concept, and the long term benefits. It’s about relationship and wealth building. It’s not just about you now, more so than it is about you later. Not the present you, but rather the future you – your children many generations from now. Think about that.