So, Kelz wrote a blog again yesterday (sorry, she’s still in the closet) but it touched on something that as a black person in America I often think about, especially as a black female. First off let me say these are my feelings and my reflection on something I think is wrong. I do not speak for my race, I repeat I do not speak for my race. As a minority with an audience that is probably all over the place, I feel I must clarify. It seems from school to TV one black’s opinion is often taken as the sound bite for our whole race. The topic that is very near to my heart is the plight of the black male. I mean some reasons are altruistic because I feel the things that I watch my black brothers go through is sometime painful and another reason is selfish because I have brothers and uncles and cousins and eventually when I decide to go there again he will undoubtedly be a black man that I love (I’m not ruling out other races, but my preference does lie with black men). Kelz’s blog was about a few things but she briefly touched on the execution of Stan “Tookie” Williams. I didn’t really write about it because my feelings about the whole situation was terribly conflicted. I agree that Stan did lots of great things I saw the movie with Jamie Foxx, however like I told Kelz, people must realize that there are some mistakes that you can’t make up for. I have a huge problem with the death penalty just because like almost everything else it seems to be administered disproportionately to minorities. I also don’t understand how the religious right can support the death penalty but turn around and talk about they don’t believe in killing and march up and down in front of Planned Parenthood. I don’t want to get into my pro-choice pro-life philosophy here, but it amazes me how the same people who plead for you not to have an abortion are the same people who want to execute little Ray Ray when he grows up in an environment where he was not wanted and turns to a life of crime. I know, I know, the sad reality is those people could care less about the life of little Ray Ray they are worried about the Thurston Howells the IVs. People who are truly pro-life are pro-life and most don’t support execution, abortion, or war. Ok back to my regularly scheduled topic.
It pains me that we are in a society where little black boys are not valued and unfortunately there aren’t parents out there like Kelz and B that take responsibility for filling in the gaps. The problem for me with supporting a stay for people like Stan “Tookie” Williams or Gary “Sankofa” Graham (a famous case here in Texas) is that these men did commit and do atrocious things. Things that made most of the general public think that it was ok to allow their liberties to be taken away. Trust me, if Stan “Tookie” Williams had been an upstanding man who was imprisoned I would have been ready to blog and write and stomp on his behalf. This is the sad fact, minorities in this country are often disenfranchised and it is very very easy for even an upstanding innocent black man to be arrested, because of the perception. However it’s a huge vicious cycle. It it makes me want to cry. I mean like I told my 16 year old cousin, when he got busted with weed. Don’t give ‘em anything man. We know the system is not fair to us, so why would we even get in the system. I told him try your best to be on the up and up because since you know they are waiting to catch you slipping, the best way to beat ‘em is not to slip. The problem is not everyone is like my cousin; there are some young boys who feel they have no other choice but to hustle. I mean I wish the media would glorify all the smart, hard-working, brilliant brothers we have. That’s what our young boys should want to do. I mean, I am not a parent, but buy your kid a Black Enterprise instead of a Sports Illustrated. Talk about how Barak Obama is laying it down instead of T.O.
I mean the fact is as blacks we must accept the world is not fair and we need to come up with ways for equipping our young men. They are just as smart and fierce as our young ladies, so why are they being out numbered in colleges? I don’t know the answer I just know that something needs to be done. It shouldn’t take a prison sentence to make them see the errors in their ways. How do we reach the babies who don’t have parents in their lives? I mean I am not worried about Kelz’s and Phoenix Diva’s boys they have a great foundation. I am worried about those boys who don’t have anything and they turn to the streets. I have been looking into the boy and girls club for a minute and granted I’ll probably be mentoring a young girl. I wouldn’t mind mentoring a boy, but I definitely think at some point I would try to expose him to a man. I might be old –fashion but I think that both sex’s should be involved in a child’s life to truly help shape them and I also think it takes a man to teach a boy how to be a man and not just a male. I just wish more men would step outside of their world and help. It takes a village you know. Well I am off my soap box and I really don’t know if this will read more than a bunch of incoherent babble but at least I got some of it off my chest. Like they say on BET S.O.S Save OurSelves!