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November 28, 2007 Leave a comment Go to comments

It’s time we woke up to the truth

Finally, Booker T has returned to the strip. I am doing all right. I missed some things, but not others.

During my absence, I learned that you’d better do what you do for God and not man, because people really don’t care about you personally, for the most part. God leads me in all that I do.

This new column will differ from the former [“Hodges Investigative Team”] in that I am a little more educated, and the focus will be on uplifting our people. I decided to change the name of the column to “Wake Up” because, God willing, this column will hopefully wake some people up.

In this column I will discuss an excellent film by Janks Morton titled What Black Men Think. This film focuses on disproving many of the common negative stereotypes about Black men, and it moved me so much because, as educated as I am, it exposed my own negative perceptions regarding brothas.

I want you to ask yourself the following questions: Are there more Black men in college or in prison? What percentage of brothas pay their court-ordered child support? What percentage of brothas marry White women? What is the number-one killer of Black people?

These questions and their answers will be discussed at the end of the column.

The movie discusses what happened to us after the signing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Before I move on, I want people to know that we were not always in the shape that we are in today. At the time of the passage of the Civil Rights Act, 82 percent of Black households included a mother and father, and 40 percent of those homes were business owners.

Today, that is not the case. The sex, drugs and rock-and-roll lifestyle didn’t work for us. We worked so hard to get the legislation passed, and then we gave up. The movie discusses how we went from depending on ourselves to depending on others, mainly the government. How many of our leaders continually get on TV and write columns begging the government for something?

Look, people — the government is not the solution to our problems. The movie discusses how welfare programs help break up our families. They penalized women for having a man in the house. The created the entitlement mentality.

Many thought that they didn’t have to do anything because the government was going to take care of them. How many people do you know who depend on the government for everything? I always say that if you have to live at the will of the government, you are in trouble.

Dr. Shelby Steele said in the movie, “The idea that Blacks are victims of a racist America has been extremely profitable for a tiny group of Black leaders.” He goes on to say, “They extract money from White guilt, and that money never gets to the people.”

I couldn’t help but think of the PEACE Foundation when I heard this quote. Their former leader is legendary for playing on White guilt for money. I have not forgotten the Big House, nor should you.
The movie also discusses how many studies have been done on Black men. There is no other group of human individuals who have been studied more than Black men in the history of the existence of Planet Earth.
Armstrong Williams, who I disagree with on many issues, said, “When are we going to see a study done about White Catholic priests having sex with young boys in the church? You never will, because there’s no money in that.”

That’s why I don’t understand the need for a University of Minnesota research center in the heart of the ’hood. How much more research is needed on us? All they want to do with their research is spread more negative statistics about us and make money while continuing to assault us mentally. Desperate actions are often the result of an irrational mind.

The answers to the questions

There are more Black men in college than in prison. There were 473,000 brothas in college between the ages of 18-24, compared to 106,000 in prison. That’s a 4:1 ratio.

67 3 percent of Black men pay their child support, compared to 64.7 percent of White men. 5.3 percent of Black men marry White women.

The number-one killer of Black people is (omitted), killing 363,024 of us in 2005. Heart disease comes in a distant second, killing 77,732 of us in 2005.

If you ask many people these questions, I assure you their answers will be different than the truth. Go buy the movie — it’s time to wake up. This column will focus on the positive aspects of our community and hopefully change the false image that we have of ourselves.

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  1. shermanoaks
    November 28, 2007 at 6:36 pm

    Thanks for your site. Heard about the film from Michael Medved radio show. But right now I’m more interested in the theme you chose. Great theme great use of a WordPress Blog for a non blog site. WordPress should promote what you did. -joe

  2. Anonymous
    December 2, 2007 at 6:13 pm

    By comparison, how many non-black people are dying of (omitted)?

  3. sean
    December 3, 2007 at 1:10 pm

    how can i find the film, i am a mentor for a program for black boys and would love to watch it and see if it’s a good learning tool

  4. sean
    December 3, 2007 at 1:12 pm

    i found it.

  5. Blake
    December 4, 2007 at 1:32 pm

    Very interesting and informative. I will look for the movie. I wonder why so few blacks vote republican when it seems apparent that the way out (or up) for everyone including our black brothers and sisters that have been used and abused by liberal social programs / the Democratic party is to get away from those dibilitating programs and mindsets and go with ideals and programs that lift up people and make them independent not dependent.

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