The Game Has Changed Young Black Men
by Anthony A. Moore
Today I walked into a convience store an overheard two young black men talking. The conversation went like this, Hey! wheres your lady? At work man I can’t find a job that will pay me enough. So where are the children ? I took them to her mothers house I need some space, those kids get on my last nerve. Hey ! lets go smoke a BLUNT alright and off they went.
Now, I know why the young man can’t get a J-O-B because of the B-L-U-N-T. Exactly not what the doctor ordered people. We as Black Men need to wake up and smell whats cooking. Sure alot more Black females are working hard and some of these young and some older men are just so to speak “Kickin It” So when a black woman puts you out because you have not brought anything home but headache and heart break. Oh!! she’s in the wrong ,I dont think so.
It has not been a long time since the civil rights movement which occurred between (1955-1968) was the reform movements in the United States aimed at abolishing racial discrimination against African Americans and restoring equality in Southern states.
That was when the game ( life in general) was about respect, dignity, and economic and social equality. How was the game played ? It was played simple if you were a Black American Male or Female . You would get the job and pay they (White America) wanted you to have. All whites got the better jobs more pay and we as a people got the short end of the stick.
However after Brown vs Brown of Education (1954) case overturned the legal doctrine of “separate but equal and made segregation legally impermissible and the Civil Rights Act of (1964) banned discrimination in employment practices. (information obtain from Wikipedia). Things started to happen for black people and a movement in the right direction.
All men please hear me out. The big Game now is make everyone take a drug test. WHY? because on the average younger black males smoke a BLUNT, Marijuana or Crack Cocaine. Dont mean to jump on the band wagon but our Black Women ,Children and Families deserve more. Where has our black pride gone “Up In Smoke”?
Now ,tell me the same problems and bills that plagued you yesterday after those drugs it will pllague you tomorrow.While every family awaits the other bread winner it’s not but one question to ask during these stressful economic times “SHOW ME THE MONEY”.
We can’t raise strong young black leaders (Father’s) if your weak mentally smoking a joint or blunt. I work eachday and have given out thousands of job applications to young men and the same issues arise dirty urine analysis.
I also see that our minor boys have not had to many role models to follow but thats nothing new. If we would come together and realize “Yes I am my brothers keeper” that would be a great start. You dont see the old commercials on TV anymore. You know the one a mind is a terrible thing to waste. Those commercials really made you think growing up as a young individual and every Father & Mother would tell you,” If I caught you down anywhere near those guys smoking dope you got problems” and everyone knows exactly what I mean.
A man understands and respects the power of choice. He lives a life of his own creation. He knows that life stagnates when he fails to decide and flourishes when he chooses a clear path.
Life will test the man to see if he’s willing to put loyalty to others ahead of loyalty to his principles. The man will be offered many temptations to expose his true loyalties.
A man’s greatest reward is to live with integrity, and his greatest punishment is what he inflicts upon himself for placing anything above his integrity. Whenever the man sacrifices his integrity, he loses his freedom… and himself as well. He becomes an object of pity.
(from Steve Pavlina book “Personal Developement for Smart People”).
So thats the fact coming straight at you like we say “Dont hate the player hate the Game”, because it’s really changed.