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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 ...

Do you wonder why more and more people are expressing their contempt for African Americans in this country? Is it purely hate or is it how we carry ourselves? Is it how we talk to one another? How we talk to our children? Is it how we live our lives out loud and carefree? Is it that we are not concerned about the important things but consumed with nonsense? Is it because our families are in disarray with no structure and no blueprint for the future? Or, is it because people are still only concerned with the color of our skin? What if we bring up the content of our character, if we were judged on that alone, how would we do?

As we mourn the loss of Nelson Mandela, think about the path that this great man chose to follow, not only for himself but for the liberation of his people. He has overcome. Think about the path that you currently follow and why. How does it measure up? Are you anywhere near the man or woman you should be in faith and in truth? Are you making up your own rules based on how you feel and how you have been hurt? Are you an asset or dead weight to the race? Be honest.

When will someday arrive? I have raised a lot of questions, but is there a simple answer? It will arrive when we decide it’s going to get here.

Jineea Butler is the founder of the Social Services of Hip-Hop and the Hip-Hop Union. She can be reached at jineea@gmail.com.