As we look toward 2010, we should look back at 2009. And as we look back, we have much to celebrate, but don’t get too excited because there was much to mourn, both as a community and as individuals. As for the community, Black America is still celebrating the election of Barack Obama as the first Black President of the United States. We are still in love with that tall fine brown skin first Lady with the great figure and those long arms and legs. And, oh yes, she’s smart. But I am mourning that we have not made enough progress in the area of education, business and entrepreneurship.
I mourn when I see Madonna and Oprah spending money to build schools in Africa and our American celebrities are busy building a culture of thuggism, euphemistically calling it Hip Hop, low grades, and unemployment for our children to follow. I mourn that we are still sending as many kids to prison and early graves as to colleges.
I read a recent Jewish Journal and noticed that their advertisements are full of private schools and articles promoting education. One such article in the November/December issue is called, “Healing the World One School at a Time.” Another article says that “The well being of the city in which we dwell depends on strong public education for all children. Better public schools create better communities and strong communities build a stronger nation.” To this I can only say “AMEN.” What about a program that concentrates on healing the community by concentrating on improving schools one school at a time?
NOTE: Don’t wait on someone else to start the program. If you start a Neighborhood Watch program for education, then you may be able to reduce the Neighborhood Watch program for crime. This change may give you a reason to celebrate better education without mourning the death of crime in our neighborhood.
On the individual side, walk over to the mirror take a look at yourself. Ask yourself if you think you have done your best to improve, or did you just let whatever happened, happen? Now there are some things you can’t change, but the question is did you do whatever you could to improve yourself? As for me, I reached 68 years old this past year and before I started writing this article this morning, I did my 50 push ups. It’s painful, but no pain, no gain.
The push ups and a daily check of the bathroom scale help me maintain my weight, my cardiovascular system, and my ego. It also gives me something to brag about to my grandchildren. They can’t do 50. I have a certain amount of vanity and like looking as good as I can. I just can’t get over the fact that every time I take a photograph with my wife, that girl looks better and better and I look older and older. But I’m trying to keep up. Maybe I need a new photographer? I don’t want to start mourning the loss of my looks. What about you? Are you in mourning? If so do something about it.