If you serve in a church that is in the following communities or you live outside these communities and you have never taken the initiative to drive through South, North, Northeast Minneapolis or St. Paul cities to purchase a tank of gas, grabbed a bite to eat or entertained a conversation with a resident allow me to be your tour guide of the everyday realities for most of our men, women and sadly children of color.
Each day is filled with poor education, lack of proper healthcare, job discrimination, wage discrimination, unequal voting rights, incarceration, unfair school disciplinary policies, one parent households, dysfunctional neighborhood churches, inadequate housing and transportation, inadequate options for banking, Lack of funding for our neighborhood parks and recreations, Lack of tech materials and books in our libraries, the absence of viable neighborhood businesses, and the lack of real safety and security from our law enforcement and legal systems and ALL these things lead to crime.
As you have already felt, the everyday reality is hopelessness. How do I even begin to live when the everyday reality is telling me that my life doesn’t matter enough for me to even care if I live today or that I die tomorrow? When my everyday reality is telling me, like Ice Cube said, “Either they don’t know, don’t show or don’t care about what’s going on in the hood.” Because how can you sit there and NOT get involved? How can you sit there and NOT be moved to do something when parts of this very nation are dying?
Allow me to speak to your heart. It is great to travel, I love it, in fact I am a flight risk, but explain to these children how you can fly over their heads to build schools and revive souls in another country and they’re sleeping in shelters and are going to bed hungry right here in our own backyard? It is great to go hunting, as a sport, but explain to Young Le'vonte King Jason Jones why his 2 yr old body is in the ground and Grandma Birdell Beeks ain’t there for her grandbabies no more! I am appreciative for the efforts to locate and kill (not that I agree with killing them) the men that shot the officers in Dallas and Baton Rouge in record timing, but talk to the families that had to bury their loved ones with either the killer still on the lose or at home watching this very program on live stream with pay.
This is the everyday reality yall, of what we are living and it is not just a Black and White thing, this is everyone’s everyday reality because you work with, go to school with, go to the fair with, are on a roller coaster with, get gas with, watch the fire works with, attend a sports tournament with SOMEONE that is from, has lived, is connected to or works in these communities that are falling apart because the people are hopeless BEYOND a reasonable doubt which has been shaped by our greedy ways to maintain our own wealth and power when there is MORE than enough to go around and we are too concerned with dictating who is more worthy of who gets what and where because of your own bias, prejudice and generalization like it is personally coming out of your pocket.
Eryday reality folks. We are the orchestrators of the everyday realities we are seeing. You may want your pardon because you may feel that you are NOT the one that signed that bill, cast that vote, owned and operated the plantation or that pulled the trigger, but you are guilty by association because you choose to be silent when you have the insight on how to do what is right, but you do not care to share solutions on how to change things so that things are equal for all. Or if you are in a position of leadership whether spiritual or political and you would rather push your own agenda instead of doing what is pleasing in the sight of the Lord. You have an organization that creates another line for these helpless people to stand in instead of providing real solutions towards self-sufficiency. You don’t do nothing because either “you don’t know, you don’t show or you don’t care about what’s going on in the hood.”
Such a time is this because the majority agrees that the everyday reality should NOT be like this. Let’s get back to Eden and living on top of the world! The purpose for tonight’s events is to wake everyone up to the realities of how the basic needs of people are not being met. The basic needs! We, as an entire body, are not meeting the basic needs and in terms of education if we are not passing the basic skills test, we are failing! Well how now do we fail forward so that the everyday reality involves everyone working together to provide the elements of safety and security for ALL?
Let’s be intentional and turn our words into action. I mean, didn’t yall come to get fed????
Elements of everyday safety and security: For starters
1. Individual transformation
2. Professional transformation
3. Governmental Transformation
4. Global transformation
Let’s take the LEAD on these issues corporately and individually, for when these communities begin to see a better everyday reality it will transform their hopelessness into tangible hope and we will see less crime, but NOT until you remove the oppressing hand that keeps them under constant pressure.
Queen is a Author/Poet that through her written works inspires, encourages and provokes discussions