It All Comes Down to Balance

One of the most deceitful things an individual can do is withhold information.

Withholding information is detrimental when you expect individuals to work (and play) on a level playing field. Take race relations in America for instance…

There has been much discussion regarding race relations in America for many, many years. This is nothing new. However, recently the discussions have seemingly increased in both quantity and quality as the Nation attempts to grasp an understanding of why individuals are experiencing a degree of outrage over the recent verdict released in the Zimmerman trial.

It appears some individuals are having a hard time understanding why the blatant disregard for an innocent human life, a young Black male’s life, is not simply accepted. There are individuals amongst us in this country that feel as though Black males’ lives, accomplishments, inventions and the like have ALWAYS been disregarded in this country, so what’s the big deal at this point in history? They have made it a common practice to ‘hide’ or disregard the significance and prominence of the Black male and they have successfully deceived themselves into believing that is the way it should be.

The act of disregarding and devaluing the young Black Male and Black Men in this country goes further back than I have time to discuss in this blog post, but I would encourage you to research the Folsom people, who were most assuredly Black and pre-dated whites by over 10,000 years.

For discussions’ sake in this blog today, we’ll start with John Hanson, who was a Moor (meaning Black). He was the 1st original President of the United States, not George Washington as the story goes. He was chosen unanimously by Congress (George Washington included). However, when History was being ‘written’, he was ‘conveniently’ disregarded, although he was the individual that was chosen to run the country after the Articles of Confederation were signed in 1781. He served from 1781-1782. He laid out the ‘template’ (if you will) for the position of Presidency, but recognition for his ‘contributions’ are lost in the shadows?

Take Thomas Jefferson for instance. As you know, he was the 3rd (if we’re using the agreed upon timeline) President, serving from 1801-1809 and he could be considered Black, as his father could be considered Black, being a half-white, half-Black man from Virginia. Why do they not teach that in school? What’s the point in disregarding his 1/4 Black lineage?

Take Andrew Jackson as another prime example. Considered the 7th President of the United States, serving from 1829-1837, his mother was white, but his father was a Black man. Why do we not know that? Perhaps that information was hidden from us as well.

It appears to me this country set a precedent long, long ago, and we see where that led us. It appears one instance in which they prominently place the Black male in front for all to see is when a discussion on slavery is at hand. We know during that unfortunate time, a large majority of the Black Nation within this Nation was ravished by psychopathic, deranged and cruel beings that sought to do nothing but control.

It seems apparent that a particular ideology within this Nation needs to be revamped. Yes, we currently have a Black President who’s Black heritage is actually being recognized, however, the ideology needs to be revamped. As we understand that an ideology is a closely ORGANIZED system of beliefs, values and ideas forming the basis of a social, economic and political philosophy or program, we need to understand that confining an entire races’ history to a few paragraphs in some outdated books and pushing it as part of the core curriculum so all ‘are on the same page’ is not the way to go.

If real change is the desired result, BALANCE must be employed. Balance of information, balance with respect to opportunity, balance in regards to educational growth and development. If the school system has decided to accept the responsibility of educating the masses, balance of information presented is imperative. The intellectual foundations built by Black people can no longer be strategically hidden in the shadows as if it’s ok to disregard or whitewash. When a zeitgeist is set in which the paradigm allots for the nominalizing of certain individuals’ place in society, you are perpetuating classism. From there, civil liberties and civil rights are most assuredly violated without proper repercussions. A truly fair and just society would not tolerate this. We must protect our children and loved ones from this in every way possible.

Our generations of tomorrow must know and feel they have the profound ability within them, which was bestowed by their ancestors, to be the Thinkers, Physicians, Architects, Counselors, Engineers, Psychologists, Politicians and the like of tomorrow and not have to worry about watching their backs everywhere they go. You can only hide behind a lie for so long before it becomes completely transparent.

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Lo of GearUGalore

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rELAX, rELATE, rELEASE … Release

I was just sitting here thinking about how my ‘release’ came about.

U may be saying ‘release’? She must have been in the slammer. *lol* That’s a story for another day…just kidding, but since I’ve got your attention…

When I first moved back to Houston in 2000, after graduating college, I found myself full of ambition and ready to take on the world, which is reflective of the feelings of many new graduates. You find yourself full of eagerness to take on any challenge that may present itself. Well, in my pursuit of adventure, I was re-introduced to a family friend by my sister and I paid a visit to her office to get reacquainted.

She told me of all of the wonderful works in store at the counseling center she founded and wanted to know if I would be interested in becoming a contributing member of the team. I, of course, obliged as I wanted the opportunity to prove to myself that earning my degree was not a waste of time and effort and I could see this would be a magnificent learning and growth opportunity for me.

Well, as I was there, she handed me four sheets of blank (typing) paper to jot down some of the ideas we were brainstorming and when I saw the paper she wanted me to use was missing those comfortable blue lines, my mind was jolted.

My then ‘conditioned’ mind immediately verbalized my thoughts, “This doesn’t have any lines. Do you have any with lines?” Basically, my mind was ‘unwilling’ to accept the idea of working without constraints, parameters, borders and the like.

We allow the constraints and defined parameters to allot us with a level of ‘comfort’ in which we can ‘unconsciously’ train ourselves to adhere to even when there is no ‘enforcer’ of such restraints. We begin to ‘self-police’, if you will, and manipulate ourselves into thinking it is self-discipline when in actuality it should be considered limitations because that is what they really are.

Her reply to my query was simply, ‘No, that’s all I have.” Therefore, if the task at hand was to be accomplished, the resources currently available would need to be put to use. ‘No’ is one of my least favorite words in the English language, however, that was the most outstanding ‘no’ I have ever heard.

It forced me to lay aside any preconceived notions that limitations are ‘necessary’. It made me realize that one will not always have an outline to follow, but you will sometimes need to be ready to create your own template of design. Once you break free from the ‘box’, there is a wealth of information and experience awaiting you as you transcend from one level of consciousness to the next. Be inspired and allow your story to be an inspiration.

One… Lo of GearUGalore