This past weekend, the humming of the Barney’s incident is becoming a very huge thing. Two shoppers walked into Barney’s (a high-end department store) and was immediately asked a series of questions, along the interruption of cops coming into the mix. Besides the fact that these two people were in fact buying things with their own money and not looking suspicious at all, the employees along with the police began to question where the money came from and why they are in the store.
As if racial profiling is not as common as the sky being blue for Black America, the other variable in this dilemma is Rap Mogul’s Jay-Z and his economic ties with the department store.
The Shawn Carter Foundation during the holidays, benefit from the revenue of this department store, as 10% of the proceeds is donated to send high school students in urban areas to college in a scholarship. Because the charity’s founder is Jay Z, the question of whether or not he should pull his charity out of the department store is up for grabs.
Many believe that this racial disparity of profiling should not be tolerated, and the fact that Jay-Z still has ties with this corporation is disgusting. On the contrary, others feel that because Jay-Z HIMSELF is not making any money from the foundation and profiling exist on the daily, their shouldn’t be a big deal of whether not he should pull his line out….
Let’s really think about this. Are we going to keep allowing racial profiling to exist? If Jay-Z decides to keep his foundation in Barney’s, what message is that sending to the corporation? AND EVEN THE BLACK COMMUNITY? Are we going to continue to brush everything off that feeds this racial disparity?
Jay-Z, you may be feeling pressured, but really think this through.
This is a nation of people who find comfort in blaming others for their discomfort. In a sense, we have become comfortable in our discomfort; a culture of poverty has formed. Instead of making steps to improve ourselves and our future generations, we often settle and just decide that we have no chance and it’s because “The Man” is the cause for it and there’s nothing we can do about it. To make matters worse, when someone tries to fight that belief and improve themselves they’re “acting white” or “fake”. We keep ourselves down and try to make sure we keep each other down with us.
What we need to do is work on getting further and further in life as people and as individuals! Never settle for discomfort, if you aren’t satisfied with your current situation or if someone you influence isn’t satisfied than make steps to change. Help yourself, help your people. If you want to live a better life educate yourself and create a better life however you choose to do so. Write music, create music, read books, write a book, do whatever you love doing and do whatever your heart desires. We need to make sure that we are also able to survive in this world by being educated on how it works and how to work through it. Expand your vocabulary, dig into new things, find new interests, become a jack of all trades. The system will keep you down as long as you are not educated enough to raise yourself. There are many outlets in this age, we have way more than our predecessors. Let’s succeed, no one can keep us down, and no one can hold you back.
A quick way to educate yourselves that is right here is our AFROMADU BOOK CLUB! Check it out and join us! Reading will always be fundamental.
Through struggle, you build character. Not only do you build character but you end up finding others that are in the same struggle that can help get you through…
Becoming older and being more conscious about the world around me, I am starting to realize the amount of people, preferably young adults, that are on the same path of consciousness that I am. Along with the positivity, I begin to look at the negative, RATCHET, inappropriateness that is leading the Black community in its downfall beginning with our youth.
Not only are people beginning to take a stand and ignore things like TV shows that exploit African Americans, or the framing and shaping of the stereotypical Black person, but we are teaching and and talking about the REAL issues… and whats REALLY going on.
Granted, we are not as radical as our great leaders in the 60’s, but i must argue that we are getting there.
The rise of Black intellects will be the revolution. Not only will folks become conscious and informed about issues, but sharing knowledge and building leaders will be a trend.
We are getting closer to our liberation, I feel it coming.
Being a Man is not a Destination but a Journey. There is no one path, speed or direction. Allow me to be your Atlas, Walking Stick and Rest Stop.
Growing up I was fortunate enough to have many greats instructors, when it came to Manhood. I gained various perspectives on love, responsibility, work ethic, etc. But biggest lesson was that Knowledge without Application is Sustenance without growth. You can be the smartest man in the world but if you do not display this knowledge by ways of fellowship, academia or what have you, then what is it worth?
As everyone has something to gain, we also all have something to give. Share your stories, anecdotes, Pop Pop’s style guide, whatever you want! Let your blessings become blessings to others. Lets us grow together as Men and as people. THIS IS A CONVERSATION, not a lecture so if whether its a Amen or a Hell Naw! let you voice be heard!
“One man with courage makes a majority.”