Sixteen months ago I changed my profile picture to Trayvon Martin and said at the time I will not change it back until the trial concludes. Yesterday the trial concluded and I am not going to change my profile picture. Emmitt Till, Amadou Diallo, Oscar Grant, Trayvon Martin are the reasons why I will not change the picture. Black men old and young are being killed and imprisoned (yes, imprisoned in modern day slavery) because of the color of their skin. I was taught the “special” rules of behavior of being a Black Man in America. Why do we have to have these rules? Why are people scared of me and my brothers? Why do my brothers and I have to work 1000% harder and be 1000% times better than our counterparts. Why are we singled out as being disruptive, hostile, savage, and violent? How do I explain to my godson and all the younger black men that now we can’t even walk in peace without fear? I find this difficult to reconcile in my mind and in my heart. I’m sorry if I’m about to piss people off but, God will not deliver us!!! We must deliver us!!! We must exercise the one right that the other folks are trying to take away from us-the right to VOTE!!! We must take advantage of the one system that is difficult for us to afford-EDUCATION!! We must not turn the other cheek but whip a$$ using these two most powerful weapons at our disposal! Lil Wayne, Rick Ross, Meek Mill, and all other entertainers that reinforce a “stereotype” it’s high time for you to take up the mantle of responsibility and change your lyrics and your example to our youths!!! There I said it. They are not to blame but they as well as the rest of us have some culpability in this verdict because of our ECONOMIC decisions. We as a community have enriched the very people whose “artistic” vision denigrate and emasculate our community. America yesterday sent a message not just to Black America but to the WORLD that the life of a young person DOES NOT MATTER if they are BROWN!!! The power to change this is OURS!! The way to DEMAND change is thru our ECONOMIC POWER!! MONEY=POWER and we MUST start utilizing that power in a cohesive and focused way to change not just the laws but perceptions. Let our anger unite us to incite change to the paradigm. I do not want to see another generation of Black youth to learn rules of survival that are ONLY specific to our experience. HOODIES UP!!! HOODIES UP!! HOODIES UP!!
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