The No. 1 Rule within the Black Family is and has always been we don’t take our dirty laundry to the street. That’s a double-edged sword. That is the reason we have not been willing to discuss HIV and AIDS within our community for years. It is also the reason that child molestation, spousal abuse and lots of other problems in our community took way too long to be addressed.
But, at the same we have to stop beating up on each other just for the sake of beating up on each other. Now, we should not and I would never give a pass to anyone who demonstrates a history of betraying our community but we have to at least attempt to work out the problem in house first.
This destructive behavior and attitude has not and will never assist us in moving our community’s agenda forward or improving our conditions.
We have to come together, we have begin to create a dialogue within our own community that does not hide our individual agendas, but also works for us all in the collective.
Now, I don’t profess to have all of the answers, and I like many other people in our community have my own challenges and agenda that I have to work out for the greater good, but I do believe that I operate in a vacuum. I don’t want nor do I believe that I let my personal agenda operate to the detriment of our community in the overall. This is something that I would struggle with and I would never want to assume that I am that selfish.
People often spend more time discussing, debating and pandering to the goings on of others rather than what they can do, to really make a contribution to our society. The African American Community is plagued with so many issues that I would hope we all would work on what is going to help our community instead of just focusing on what is going on. Who dropped kicked who etc. etc.
For my part I intend to call together a number of the young like-minded leaders in our community to start some serious dialogue about how WE make a difference. Not only politically, but socially, economically and morally as well. I am not suggesting that I will have all of the answers, but what I will commit to is showing up at the table and contributing with everything I have to make a real difference. That is what I believe we need to do to make a better way for our community, our people and our world.
In the end that is all I can contribute, I don’t profess to be perfect and in fact I am certain that I am very flawed, but I do claim to be a man with cares and is concerned with the plight of Black people.
I believe that God expects each of us to do the very best that we can to make this a better place before our number is called and it is our responsibility to do that.
Each and every day we have to do our best, we realize we must acknowledge our failures and our frailties, but we don’t have to accept them. Together, individually and collectively we can still make a difference. We can come together to impact change, and individually we can access our failures and strive to make a change. That is what I believe we need to do, and in the end with this plan our community and us as a people will do so much better.
So, whether you agree or disagree, now more than ever I really need your input. I need to hear from you. I need to know what is going on in our community. I also need to know what other stories we need to tell, and what is on your mind. I really do want to hear from you, I want you to “Talk to Danny.”
Danny J. Bakewell, Jr.
President & Executive Editor