You Are Black History
February is the month that we celebrate Black History. There are some who complain that it’s only one month or that the month is not long enough. For me, I simply propose that you are black history and you are making black history everyday. Now make it a reason to celebrate.
On Your Job
A job is a blessing. The history of immigrants in this country, and African Americans specifically, is one of forced labor, servitude and slavery. It took a very long time for African Americans to gain rights in this country and once rights were legally established, we were unable to get hired in meaningful or beneficial jobs like those highly coveted factory jobs of the past.
Today, it’s not many discriminatory barriers that keep us from getting a job but it’s the economy on a whole and our lack of effort. Some people don’t want to work. Some people are picky about where they work. Some people simply don’t value their jobs. Let’s change this trend by realizing that you are black history on your job. Every day that you show up for work you have an opportunity to show a positive representation of your self, your family and your community. You and how you handle your job may be the reason that another person is given an opportunity later.
Your Level of Education
Today education is available for every one who wants to pursue it, yet too many people don’t take education seriously and don’t value learning. African Americans don’t have the leisure or space to have a lazy or disinterested approach to education. There was a time when we were denied the ability to learn. Do you understand that statement? You were told, “NO, you are not allowed to learn.” With that background we should all be more motivated to pursue education and learning so that we can properly represent today what our ancestors, not too long ago, were denied but fought so hard to get.
How You Represent Yourself
Being ghetto, being criminal, being obnoxious, and fighting are a few examples of times when we poorly represent the struggle for equality that our ancestors went through. When you act like an animal in the streets you are spiting on the graves of those who marched, were denied and were beaten just so that we could be considered human.
It’s Not Just The Streets
Represent yourself correctly in court.
Don’t disrespect the Judge because you are making an impression for all of us.
Represent yourself correctly while in the store.
Stop being willing to “go off” on people who don’t do exactly what you want them to do.
Represent yourself correctly at public gatherings.
When you go out you represent your upbringing and your environment. It should be a no brainer to present yourself with pride. Instead too many represent the worse part, mentality and mindset of our community.
Do it for yourself and do it for your history because YOU ARE MAKING BLACK HISTORY EVERYDAY!