Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Dear Black America

rev·o·lu·tion - noun \ˌre-və-ˈlü-shən\ : a sudden, extreme, or complete change in the way people live, work, etc.
Yesterday, our nation learned that Darren Wilson, the officer who shot Michael Brown, an unarmed teen, will not be indicted for murder. As we wrestle with the emotional blow this decision brings, (the decision not to pursue the case before a jury), I pray that we will let this situation become an opportunity for transformation. Dear Black Americans: we need an ideological revolution. The White House with its black president and black attorney general is not going to save you. Allow me to lend my voice and offer some suggestions.....
Stop being so busy and start being productive. Mentor a child, serve your community and discover opportunities to be a humanitarian. This upcoming holiday season, you don’t need more gifts... under the tree. Trying to design a future through reckless consumerism or absentee investing is sheer madness. Instead of spending money on shoes, clothes and toys that will not fortify you spiritually or sustain you economically, use that money to donate toward worthy causes and organizations who are on the FRONT LINES of justice in this country. Delay immediate gratification so that you can maximize your spiritual, economical and political future for generations.
Raise your children to do the same. To be concerned with the least, the lost and the last. Instead of venting your rage, channel it into something constructive. You have a responsibility to give every child you see a charge. Charge them to become conscientious humanitarians; let that be your legacy. Instead of taking selfies on Facebook (many of you do that far too often), take a picture of the needy family you just fed for Thanksgiving, or snap a picture of the donation you just made for a non-profit in your city. In other words, if you don’t want to do the work (because you’re too busy), then support organizations that will.
Here’s a list to help you get started. Familiarize yourself. Become educated on the systems of governance in this country and PLEASE talk to your children in a strategic way so that they are armed with knowledge not weapons. Arm them with constructive, meaningful solutions, not emotional rage and anger. To help you get started, here are some organizations that are on the front lines of social justice, and there are many, many more:
Alliance for Justice
Bread for the City
Campaign for Youth Justice
Catholic Charities
Habitat for Humanity
The Leadership Conference
National Urban League
Robin Hood Project

Let His Kingdom come and the revolution begin.
With Love,

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