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A black 3rd grader in the ghetto has a cell phone and a girlfriend and his favorite class is gym.
He hates reading books, hates science, hates math and doesn't like anything other than sports and fighting.
My "little" and his peers are very violent on the playground.
These boys play rough. I wonder where they learn this behavior.
As Martin Luther King Jr contends:
I am convinced that if we are to get on the right side of the world revolution, we as a nation must undergo a radical revolution of values. We must rapidly begin the shift from a "thing-oriented" society to a "person-oriented" society. When machines and computers, profit motives and property rights are considered more important than people, the giant triplets of racism, materialism, and militarism are incapable of being conquered.
Young black boys and girls are growing up way too fast in our society and are definitely not mature enough to stave off the stereotypes and messages that they are bombarded with daily.
We are sold a bill of goods as a culture about what black boys and girls should talk like, walk like, and act like.
Through these messages, we are fundamentally undermining individuality and limiting creativity.
It's not a coincidence that so many black men grow up with a distorted view of masculinity.
And that these black men and women rarely pursue "non-macho" avenues such as dance, ballet, reading, computer science, mathematics, and things outside of team sports and group think.
We need to turn the TV off and think critically. Our youth needs to aspire for something higher than sports and dating.
It is possible to defy expectations and take the road less traveled.
We need not give into the stereotypes about our community and we must have the audacity to hope and actualize our goals through heightened awareness and vigilance.
We too can appreciate an aria, piano concerto, ballet performance, museum crawl, and art gallery.
We can attend the theater and enjoy classical music just as much as the next racial group.
We can learn, grow, and better humanity through appreciating quality performances as opposed to the banal happenings on Friday nights.