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Waiting for ‘someday’ to finish the journey

Jineea Butler | 1/6/2014, 11:16 a.m.

We shall overcome,

we shall overcome,

We shall overcome someday;

Oh, deep in my heart,

I do believe,

We shall overcome someday.

(NNPA) – In thinking about the New Year, I always wondered what was the target date for someday? When I sing the song I feel vibrations from the ancestors who owned it when they sang and brought down walls like Joshua and the Battle of Jericho. It’s inspirational, it’s therapeutic and it’s powerful for a group of people to sing, pray and believe in one accord.

For instance, in August 1963, 22-year-old folksinger Joan Baez, led a crowd of 300,000 in singing We Shall Overcome at the Lincoln Memorial during the March on Washington, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. recited the words from We Shall Overcome in his final speech delivered in Memphis in 1968, before his assassination, We Shall Overcome was sung days later by more than 50,000 attendees at King’s funeral. Farm workers in the United States later sang the song in Spanish during strikes and grape boycotts of the late 1960s, and it was notably sung by the U.S. Sen. Robert F. Kennedy, when he led anti-apartheid crowds in choruses from the rooftop of his car while touring South Africa in 1966.

In many ways, we have overcome. You should never forget that those who dreamed the first dreams of freedom dreamed us all the way into the presidency of the United States. That alone is an accomplishment that would have some turning in the grave and some finally resting in peace. But the reality is that we are further behind than we were in those times. And we know it. We are being outperformed in every area except sports and hip-hop. And hip-hop is now on the edge.

Let’s take a look at what is really holding us hostage. Is it the “Man” everybody mysteriously refers to? Is it because we get distracted at a moment’s notice? Is it because we trust other people before we trust ourselves? Is it because we spend most of our time chasing illusions and creating situations that are not conducive to meeting our goals? What is it? Why does it seem like we are the only race without a plan, the only race who looks at one another and despises the beauty they see? Why are we the only race that tries to undermine one another for capital gain? Is this by design or did we evolve into this state of consciousness?

We have to stop making excuses for everything that is wrong and just make it right. We are not living up to our fullest potential and again we know it. I need you to dig deep within yourself and take off the mask, allow the layers and layers of defense mechanisms to fall to the wayside and have the courage to look the real you in the face. Have the courage to be greater than your best self. Have the courage to say “I don’t know” when you don’t.