On my YouTube channel I have now added a new title: social justice warrior for younger generations. I am now an author, voice over actress, a health coach, natural hair enthusiast, and of course my new title which speaks volumes. In a blog I posted a couple months ago, I mentioned about limiting myself to the success or misses of those around me. Based on my own personal experience and the lives of others I know, far too many people are doing the same. I wonder: Who is going to stand up for those young lost people wanting to reach for something better? Who will show them what success truly feels like? Are they destined to give excuses to a faceless thing that holds them back or are they destined to excel as they should?
I do feel more older people must recognize how they are influencing the younger generations, so they can grow and become better more positive examples and role models. I feel it is unfair for anyone to stop trying and growing, even more so when they give up on themselves. As the saying goes "Lessen your disappointments by lowering your expectations of people", fine do that but never give up on yourself. Older generations need to understand that they are the reason younger people are growing up in this world with no hope.
The reason for the many problems within our own community has nothing to do with the fact that Donald Trump is our new president. Even when Barack Obama was president and seeing the first black family in the white house; that still wasn't enough to create a conscious effort to change the black community. Why? Because everyone has to be open to change, young and old. It starts in the family and grows all throughout every day life, into society, and worldwide. Majority of us are not achieving our goals and dreams because we believe that we cannot. The most secure foundation is the home, the family. Parents must do better for their children. People may say the child must do right by the parent, but the same should be a courtesy in return.
I speak as an African American woman who grew up without a "dad" myself. I speak as someone who notices those disappointments and failures based on many people not trying. I consider myself a social justice warrior because I wish someone stood up for me and paid attention to or brought attention to the things I mention now. The stagnation, the laziness, the overindulgence, the lack of emotional control, the fear, the shame, the hate, the broken pride and so much more. Unfortunately, even now for some reason people continue to make excuses and ignore the truth that is right before their eyes. When will we stop living selfishly? When will the future of tomorrow matter to us? When will black lives truly begin to matter to us? If they did we would change our behaviors, we would work together instead of against each other, we would recognize our own truth then improve ourselves for younger generations. When will we become better together so the world can become better!