“A tape-up and a nice tie won’t keep the bullets away from our black bodies. Pulling our pants up and aligning our values to the military sounds ridiculous on its face as well. Changing our aliases to more Euro-centric names might lead to more jobs, but won’t help us keep our jobs longer than our white counterparts, much less give us that elusive promotion. Staying up past our bedtimes won’t make us more resilient; if anything, lack of sleep would add more stressors to a community already suffering from a myriad of diseases and preventable conditions. Speaking in the King’s English won’t pause the school-to-prison pipeline and the lack of wraparound supports our schools need to survive the trauma associated with their lives.” exert from How Dr. Steve Perry Sells Black Kids To The Highest Bidder, by Jose Vilson
I always love how educated people who attended college and currently hold salary jobs; attempt to educate the masses that they’ve left behind. They don’t frequent the hood. They don’t live in the black community but they know the struggle. Sure…
Don’t get a haircut. That’s your masculinity/femininity, your culture, your history. Stand up for your rights. Fight back. Don’t take no for an answer. Fight back. Step up to the “crooked cops”. Fight back. If you were robbing someone, that’s not your fault. If you were hurting someone that’s because you are hurting. Don’t conform. Be different. Be unique. Be weird. Be you…
While the educated people; they excelled at being the disciplined ones in school. Parents lavishing them in hugs and kiss and such or something (I don’t know). Food and Shelter security. They did the opposite. They sat up straight. They studied. They “conformed” to society. They never stepped up to cops. Nope, they never dared. They never been arrested. They never been in handcuffs. They would never get violent; they have something to lose. They have a name. They know it all too well. And behind the keyboard; they click away and stroke flames at the masses who they really don’t share much in common with.
Do you. Be you. Be disrespectful. Stand up for nonsense. Don’t cut your hair. Don’t try to get a job. Wait for the job to come to you; they owe you.
Well. From a guy who grew up on “Free lunches” – my guaranteed subpar meal of the day. No parents around. No guidance. No income. No opportunities. Crappy teachers. Subpar schools. Been handcuffed. Been detained. Been in Juvenile Detention. Ran in them streets. Worked fast food ($5.75 an hour), retail ($7.25 an hour), blue collar ($9.25 an hour), security ($10.50) and any other $-hit job. Got tons of friends who never made it. Good people, bad situations, bad choices. I’m not the smartest but what I had was street smarts and a knack for strategy. From a guy who knows about not having a lot, with nothing to lose; what worked for me (maybe it can work for you):
- Setting Goals,
- Focusing on what matters,
- Disregarding ego,
- Self Control,
- Looking sharp,
- Joining the Marines,
- Working hard,
- Positive image,
- Give back,
- Job hoping,
- Giving back,
- Paying off debts,
- And trying to get promoted,
- Also continue to give back,
- or Jumping ship to another job.
In the end, I haven’t run into cops in years. If I do, I’m relaxed because I’ve seen the worst. I doubt that a bullet will hit me. If It did, hope it takes me out or i’m coming into some money. Yeah, pulling up my pants won’t save me. Getting a haircut won’t save me. But for right now, the so called “respectability politics” is just a springboard for someone with nothing. If i ever end up on CNN, they will be hard press to find out deep revelations of a criminal past. They will find a narrative that would make them look silly as hell. Even though, they will still try it (Media, the money making headline speculation circus). I hope for their sake I’m dead, or I’m suing for defamation of character. lol
All I ever want for the masses; for my friends, are opportunities. Getting an education is a opportunity. Getting a job from that education is an opportunity. Getting money to support a family and a community from that job is an opportunity. If i had to go bald for that; i would do so in a heartbeat.
When you are broke and hungry; cutting off your hair is not that serious. But that’s coming from someone that didn’t have much. Turns out, you can always grow your hair back.
I’m with the Steve Perry lingo. Maybe it’s for naught but it’s worth trying something new. If it gets 101 out of 200 a job, might be a gimmick but a win is a win.