There are a number of thoughts that dwell within the recesses of my mind. Many have found their way to paper.
The prevalent issue that this piece addresses is the fear that our youth, and those that continue to exhibit youthful tendencies, are inflicting upon our communities.
The Spoken Word is about truth!
And we cannot continue to pretend that the level of palpable fear that is present due to the made for motion picture purge that is presently occurring is not real.
The manner in which we are conducting ourselves in our communities has left our seasoned members, our youth and the community at-large, to feel as if they are being held...
Grandparents are left to cower behind closed curtains, children relegated to playing outdoor games inside-afraid to venture outside because a teenager wants to express his anger towards a neighbor, a nemesis, with an extended magazine. Young men are enticed to submit to the lifestyle of a glorified gangster, simply because, in more instances than we care to admit, that is all they have to emulate.
They too, in a twisted sort of way, are being held hostage by a system that has subliminally and overtly enticed them to submit to the characterization that has been continually perpetuated in order to fulfill the purposes of others.
We must, once again, recognize our value -the importance of black men within the family and community in order for us to thrive.
I SEE all that of which we are capable.
I have also heard the dreams of black young men left to ruminate their ill-conceived actions as they serve 10 year, 20 year, LIFE bits from the dank confines of a 6 x 8 cell. Leaving them to express that they are being held hostage because of their choices... failing to understand that they are indeed hostages.
Hostage to their mind and those people, those things, that control it.
Our Spirit Lives!!