My dear brother Eric Garner I woke up this morning thinking about your tragic loss, man it’s sad how all of them officers of the law got off, brother Eric someone actually caught your murder on videotape, so I’m gonna be honest, when they came back with no case, on those cops I was simply astonished, I used to sell on the corner too, I could’ve been you, and I swear, only through answered prayers that your boy made it through, The cops killed you, killed Mike Brown, and Walter Scott in South Carolina too, man I can’t truly explain my feelings, so we went out and marched it was a Spike Lee joint “get on the bus” type of feeling, I met your daughter at the one year anniversary rally she seemed in good spirits, 11 times you yelled I can’t breathe, but them cops didn’t believe, so they let you die on the seen, that’s mean, or better yet inhumane, but I still refuse to fight violence with violence we’re going to use our brains, we’re gonna vote, become lawyers, prosecutors and judges too, because if we don’t then the next time I could be writing about you!
If I can help one child turn from their wicked ways and follow the Lord, then my time spent on this earth was not in vain. As I recently traveled to Ghana. I realized that even growing up in the Ghettos of America, that I was still at more of an advantage than most of the people in this world. But for many children in the ghetto, they never really have a chance to even realize that. Cause 1. The lack of an authentic presence of God in the neighborhoods. People are doing whatever they feel like doing and life does not work that way, 2. The culture that’s in place in the hood where celebrities are there gods is another problem. So people are worshipping created things instead of the creator Himself, and 3. America is flashing wealth in their face, and not showing them how to obtain that same wealth that they see on tv and in the movies is another problem. For children in the ghetto there is a blatant lack of information.
So I say all of that to simply say this, STOP THE Violence!!! I’m from the Hood too, grew up right there in Irvington, New Jersey and trust me when I tell you this there is a much better way of doing things. It starts when Jesus Christ becomes the Lord and Savior over your life (Romans 10:9-11). Then He will make all things new, and give you an abundant life if you are willing to do life His way. (John 10:10)
I think it’s a problem when people care more about the history of Africa, and don’t care about Africa in the present day. Right now in Ghana we have an energy crisis going on or as they say in Ghana (Domsor, Domsor). Where power is getting shut off in communities for (sometimes two or three days at a time) and keep in mind you still have to pay your monthly electricity bill. The frequent Ghanaian blackouts are caused by a power supply shortage. Ghanaian generating capacity is currently 400-600 megawatts less than Ghana needs. Ghanaian electricity distributors regularly shed load with rolling blackouts.
At the beginning of 2015, the dumsor schedule went from 24 hours with light and 12 without to 12 hours with light and 24 without. The long blackouts contrast with the practice in other countries, where blackouts roll rapidly, so that no residential area is without power for more than one hour at a time.
In Ghana we have a tap water supply problem. Where the water that’s coming through the faucet is not suitable to drink, and that’s if the water is running at all. The president of Ghana is not doing anything for the people, I have walked the streets personally and have seen the hopeless feeling in the young peoples’ eyes. The infrastructure there is 50 years too old and cannot support the growth in population that is being seen and Ghana today. I know people here in America might not care about this because it’s not affecting them personally, but we need every Ghanaian in America and none Ghanaian to care about mother Africa. If you guys really mean any of the black power and black awareness stuff that y’all talk about online. In 2016 there must be a change in the Ghanaian government
When I think of a Phenomenal Woman I think of Lorraine Hansberry we she wrote “A Raisin In The Sun”. Nina Simone on the piano singing “Strange Fruit”. Miriam Makeba when she spoke out in front of the UN in 1963. Betty Shabazz, when she received her doctorate degree after her husband Malcolm Shabazz died. Corretta Scott King when she led the Memphis boycott march just days after her husband Martin Lurther King Jr. died. Lena Horne being blacklisted in Hollywood because she spoke out against segregation. I think of Maya Angelo writing her poems. I think of Michelle Obama becoming the first black First Lady Of The United States Of America, and the list goes on and on feel free to add to this list in the comments section.
Parents can only take their children so far in life, at the end of the day we need more mentors to pass the baton to. Now a message to those that have been a success in obtaining their goals, and refuse to reach back to help the youngsters that are coming up and trying to obtain the same positions and statuses that you have obtained. You should be ashamed of yourselves, the jewels that you possess is actually what we call fools gold and will fade away soon enough.. As Paul says in our Holy Bibles “In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’ ””
Acts 20:35 NIV