By: Torre Johnson The man of color must stand up and man up. We must start accepting responsibility for our community and everyone living in it. The time has come in which we must stop looking the other way. We, as black men, owe it to ourselves to stand up and protect, educate, encourage and discipline our families. Oh, yes! we must police ourselves. Nowhere on earth can you live civilized without laws and rules.
Being knowledgeable is not enough. Action has been known to speak in higher volumes than words. We must shake this divide and conquer the curse.
Look around black men and all men of color. Are you proud of a world in which most are accomplishing little to nothing compared to others? Now I am not saying you as an individual haven’t accomplished anything but I am asking those with a conscience to stand up and man up. Think about those that share your mankind genetics. I know some who have separated themselves from the others often because they are either unwilling to accept the fact there’s a serious problem or unwilling to help. The sad part is a lot of people will not allow the people to successfully connect, as if they are against a positive change.
The blame game is deep. Often when it’s being played or being delivered towards me I have to ask what have you done lately to help? Many of us quote every scripture in the bible and black history, as if you’ve lived through the times, just to be heard. All of this is going on while at the same time the bible is ignored and the negative of black history repeatedly goes on.
Being knowledgeable is not enough. Action has been known to speak in higher volumes than words. We must shake this divide and conquer the curse. Together we must sit and draft our own constitution in it. We must remind individuals that we are all human beings and are not to be enslaved. We must demonstrate that we can build and not just clique up. We must stop the poisonous gossip that limits us.
We have the answers and most of the solutions. We have recognized the problems in areas in our lives for years. Why aren’t we in action mode? We must repave and build new roads so that we will stop falling into sink holes while traveling towards our goals. Everyone in life has their roles young and old. Stand up black men and all men of color. Time waits on no one.
Note: April 15, 2017 we are having a Stand Up- Man Up meeting with all Men of color at the Running Rebels Community Organization 225 West Capital 10am-2pm.
To ALL Our Brothers #ClapForEm