Friday, January 16, 2009

The Dream... my opinion, is still deferred.

As I celebrated Dr. King's birthday yesterday, (his actual DOB), I thought about a phrase from his "I Have A Dream" speech that has always stayed in the back of my mind... "It is obvious today that America has defaulted on this promissory note insofar as her citizens of color are concerned. Instead of honoring this sacred obligation, America has given the Negro people a bad check, a check which has come back marked "insufficient funds."

The dream that MLK spoke of in his speech is still unfulfilled. Undoubtedly, blacks Americans have something to be proud of and I wish my mother and grandparents were here to witness this event. They would have been indescribably hyped and proud to see our new real life Huxtable family role model. Hopefully this will raise standards and hopes in our communities, but I think we need alot more than lip service and unrealistic promises.

I participated in a workshop yesterday where the facilitator shared the findings of a recent study. The findings were that African-American children who come from low-income, one-parent households, are academically inferior. The fact that they needed to pay somebody to to tell them that makes them academically inferior and lacking in common sense. If you put a child from any race, creed or color in the same conditions, you will get the same results. I am so tired of hearing how our local and federal governments and foundations spend millions of dollars to conduct studies to tell them what we already know. Last year, The Urban League of Philadelphia published one of the most comprehensive reports that I've ever seen, entitled "The State Of Black Philadelphia". And they GAVE COPIES AWAY FOR FREE last summer!!! (Now it will cost you a nominal amount)

Now that all the study results are in, they should begin earmarking money to implement programs and services needed to enhance the quality of life in underserved communities.

I hope and pray that Mr. Obama will allocate some of the trillions of stimulus dollars directly to our needs. We would have to come correct from jump street in order to even be considered. As the old saying goes, we have to jump higher and run faster. Because we don't have a group of leaders or lobbyists who represent us to actually come up with and present a well prepared proposal to the powers that be, all I can do is hope and pray. Don't get me wrong, I know that there is power in prayer, but sometimes God requires us to have a vision and take action as well.
Having said all that, looking at the trickle down affect of the US Stock Market to worldwide economy, I can't help but smile as I remember those controversial infamous words from one of our other prominent leaders of that same era.

As Brother Malcolm put it..."Their chickens have come home to roost".

Peace and Love.

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