53. Get yo’ hand outta’ my pocket

Posted: October 10, 2009 in African American, Black Pride, community, Race
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genocide [jen-uh-sayhd] – noun: the deliberate and systematic extermination of a national, racial, political, or cultural group.

These infamous words were yelled just seconds prior the assassination the man known to us asMalcolm Malcolm X.  Black-on-black violence is nothing new.  Even during the Black Power movement of the 60’s, one of our greatest black leaders died at the hands of another brother.

A Detroit native and current resident of Atlanta, I have always loved visiting the city of Chicago.  Chicago is a robust city with a thriving commerce.  However, not unlike Detroit, Chicago can be a nightmare for black urban youth.

It’s ironic that just a few short weeks ago, Chicago, still basking in the afterglow of electing our first Black President, took center stage as it campaigned and awaited its bid to be the host city for the 2016 Olympics.  The irony is not the Olympic bid but rather the fact that Chicago has arguably become the nation’s most violent city for urban youth.  By summer of 2009, nearly 40 youth had been murdered.  Just 12 months prior the world gasped as famed singer Jennifer Hudson’s family buried her mother and nephew, both allegedly murdered at the hands of her sister’s ex-boyfriend.  More recently, in September of 2009, a Chicago youth and honors student, Derrion Albert was fatally beaten and videotaped.

My heart goes out to any person or family who has endured the tragedy of genocide.  Although I have opted to use Chicago to point out recent activities; the truth of the matter is that Chicago is merely a microcosm of a profound issue across ALL American urban cities.

All statistics aside; I am confident that the dawn of a new era in black men taking their rightful place in their homes and communities is evidenced by the recent historical election of Barack Obama.  I’m not looking for Obama to save our people; I’m looking for our people to regain the faith and confidence in themselves, thereby enabling them to be leaders and examples for their children to follow.Obama peace

On October 8, 2009, President Barack Obama was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize after just 10 months in office.  It is my hope that the prize fosters and facilitates peace not only throughout the world, but also here in America.  The president’s home town would be a great place to start.

D’s 2 cents,

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Comments
  1. Robin says:

    Your two cents are priceless Damon. Wow you blew my mind with the stats on youth violence in Chicago. Unfortunately as you said it is a problem all across America. I’m a Hurricane Katrina evacuee from New Orleans, now living in Dallas; Both cities are out of control with youth violence. The news from back home is so bleak sometimes, I have to brace myself when I talk to some of the folk who decided to go back. Here in Dallas I often opt out on watching the news, it’s just too depressing sometimes. I pray WE as a people get it together with faith, love, hope, and reminding our young people that we are decendents of royalty, who need to do better. You always do such a great job with your blog Damon. Write on my brother!!!

    p.s. have you checked out pt. 5 of the story??? I need your feedback Mr.

    Robminx

  2. WE HAVE WORK TO DO. IT IS SAD THAT WE AS BLACK PEOPLE ALWAYS HAVE TO START OVER WHEN EVIL WHITE PEOPLE ARE NOT HAPPY. WE HAVE TO START OVER AGAIN AND AGAIN, I AM TIRED OF BEING TIRED. THEY HAVE THEIR NEW TEA PARTY ONLY TO GO AFTER OUR SWEET HARD WORKING PRESIDENT BECAUSE HE IS BLACK AND THEY WANT THE WHITE HOUSE BACK AND NOBODY IS DOING ANYTHING ABOUT THIS EVIL. THIS IS A DANGER TO OUR PRESIDENT WHEN YOU HAVE WHITE PEOPLE IN THE OPEN NOT BEHIND CLOSED DOORS AND THE MEDIA HELP THEIR EVIL ALONG THE WAY THIS IS MADNESS. WHITE PEOPLE IN THIS COUNTRY WILL NEVER GIVE US A BREAK FROM RACE HATE IT WILL GO ON AND ON, AND POOR BLACK PEOPLE WILL KEEP DIEING NEEDLESSLY. WE NEED OUR MONEY THAT IS OWE TO US THIS HATE WILL GO ON BECAUSE THIS COUNTRY GIVE WHITE PEOPLE THE RIGHT TO TREAT BLACK PEOPLE ANY WAY THEY WANT, WHERE IS THE LAW? EVERY TIME ERIC HOLDER WANT TO DO ANY THING THESE WHITE MEN TELL HIM HE CAN’T DO IT. AFRO-AMERICAN LIFE IN AMERICA IS NOT GOING GOOD AND IT IS TIME FOR US TO KNOW THIS AND STOP LOOKING FOR THAT SO-CALLED AMERICAN DREAM AND SEE HOW WE ARE TREATED, IS JUST PLAN WRONG WHAT IS GOING ON. WE BUILT THIS COUNTRY WE MADE MOST OF ALL THE GOOD’S AND SERVICE WHY CAN’T WE HAVE SOME OF THAT MONEY? WE HAVE THIS GOOD PRESIDENT AND HARD WORKING PRESIDENT THEY ARE ALL TURNING ON HIM ALL THOSE WHITE PEOPLE HE HIRED ARE TWO FACED. IT IS ALRIGHT FOR OBAMA TO COME HOME TO HIS PEOPLE SO WE CAN HELP HIM STAND-UP FOR FREEDOM COME TOGETHER BLACK PEOPLE IT IS ALRIGHT TO LOVE ONE ANOTHER WE DON’T HAVE TO ASK WHITE PEOPLE IF WE CAN HELP EACH OTHER GAIN PEACE AND FREEDOM FROM HATE.

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