Keep it Real

 

This video is circulating on FaceBook. The young lady’s name is Kewii, she has a lovely singing voice that you can check out on SoundCloud.

 

https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=650879638292639&comment_id=748038265243442&offset=0&total_comments=8731

 

In this video she makes some valid points. However, there a few things she might want to rethink. Like the fact that we are black folks, African-Americans as some prefer. Today we should refrain from calling ourselves niggers. Because not only is nigger an ugly word but at one time calling one a nigger use to be fighting words. Because a nigger was a slave. A nigger was what we were called during segregation. We have move beyond that time. Once upon a time we wanted to be respectable. We dressed with pride, spoke with pride and strive for an education and excellence. Today the word nigger is used freely by people of all ethnic origins. In my opinion if you want to educate us then respect us. Call us by an acceptable title. Not niggers.

 

While this video of Kewii is circulating there’s this video of little kids dancing provocative. The kids are humping on each other with adults walking around recording it and putting it on YouTube. It’s pornography. These kids haven’t even reached puberty yet, so that makes it pedophilia too. Not one adult spoke up to educate these kids or the other adults. Someone commented it’s not in the United States but it’s circulating in the United States and people are watching it like it’s acceptable. Commenting their disdain yet sharing.

 

https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=642102625887330

 

Another point Kewii touched on was “Obamacare”. The correct name is Affordable Healthcare Act. Before its existence poor folks couldn’t afford insurance. So they didn’t get life saving treatment. Like me, I waited until I couldn’t take the pain anymore and used the emergency room to get care. This cost falls on the tax payers. I’m not saying The Affordable Healthcare is perfect but it is a start. You still must be treated in the hospital whether you have insurance or not. If you arrive at the ER with a splinter first and I come behind you with a stab wound leaking all over. I’m going first. I went to the ER a few weeks ago before they had me sit and wait they gave me an EKG. I wasn’t bleeding and my heart was stable so I had to wait. I saw people come in after me bleeding and they were taken first. I saw people go into the EKG room and some were taken to the back on stretchers right away. If it’s not life threatening it is first come first serve.

 

If we want to wake our people up why don’t we tell them to stop undressing on videos and circulating it on social media’s. Our folks need to have some dignity and cover our bodies. You don’t have to have to show the crack of your ass to be sexy. Tell the folks how a kid got shot because he was running with his hand in his pants like he was going for a gun. He probably was sagging and was trying to hold his pants up as he ran. The police were wrong but this is the image our kids portray. Lets stop cheering and laughing at the street brawls posted on social media’s and circulating them. You wonder why the police shoot first and ask questions later, that is if you live. We portray ourselves as violent people. I’m not saying the police are right. I’m saying we are the intelligent specie so why do  we have to act like animals in the jungle fighting for food. We need to have some modesty and respect for ourselves. Life is not about being gangster and hardcore. While we’re out killing each other, other races are uplifting themselves.

 

Kewi got it right when she speaks about being educated. Learn how to hold an intelligent conversation. The way you speak says a lot about yourself. When hanging with your peeps, yawl can you use all the slang and fowl language you want. But when conducting business speak to the people clear and proper so you can be understood.

 

Instead of buying X-boxes and video games for the kids get them computers. Teach them how to Google. Take them to the library so they can learn to love reading. Teach them respect by respecting them. Tell the folks their kids aren’t their property. The children are our future. Their well-being should come before that bottle of liquor or bag of weed. They need to eat a balance diet instead of all that fast food garbage. If we teach these things to our children they will grow up respecting each other. Instead of continually disrespecting, killing and destroying each other. Teach our children to dream don’t tell them they’re stupid, a pain in the ass or worthless. Lift them up and make them feel wanted and important.

 

I agree we need to support our own. Buy from our own. But many of those who provide services and goods for us take advantage of us. Their products are overpriced and they don’t offer competitive prices. I understand over head but sometimes you have to take a lost to help build revenue. The doctors, lawyers and dentist in private practices over book and we are the ones that have to sit in their offices for two hours or more for a ten minute visit. These are our educated folks and they haven’t figured out they should open a health center in our community with several doctors to serve us. This way they can be considerate of our time.

 

I hear so many people say that our black president hasn’t done anything for black people. Don’t people know he’s not the black people’s president. He’s the president of the United States he is president for all the people. Since he’s been in office unemployment has dropped. The deficit has decreased. He persuaded states to increase the minimum wage. He’s giving companies incentives to bring factory jobs back to this country. He ended the war in Iraq and has pulled troops from Afghanistan. It’s not his fault terrorists still spring up. Our president is doing the best he can with a Senate that is fighting him every step of the way. So tell me what should he do for black people? Give us our forty acres and a mule?

 

Not voting will not solve the problems of this country. Sometimes you have to vote for the lesser of two evils. If we all get out and vote in the primaries and general elections the politicians will work harder to get your vote. They’ll make promises to make our lives better in exchange for our vote. If they fail to live up to their promises then we have the power to vote them out. That’s how you get things, fight for it. That’s called black folks sticking together. We have to make the politicians work for us.

 

Kewii was also right about buying those over priced sneakers. That goes for shoes, pocketbooks, belts, hats and cars. We walk around with thousands of dollars on us but live in the projects. Going to bed hungry cause you’re wearing your grocery money. Our people need to learn how to prioritize. Shelter should be our first priority, food and clothing that is clean and reasonably price should be a close second.

 

There is a lot wrong with America, there is a lot wrong with all the people. I don’t have the answers. But I do know if we want to be better we have to come together and build each other up not destroy. We need to do as Michael Jackson said look in the mirror and start with that person. Do unto others as we want others to do unto us.

 

©Kimberly Wilhelmina Floria 10/15/14

30 thoughts on “Keep it Real

  1. Obama bashing is such a horrible thing to witness. There will always, always be those who try to crush him. Right now, he wants no boots on the ground and for that he is called a coward! But if he had put the boots there he would be called a warmonger set on building the economy off the soldiers’ lives. Right now he is fighting a battle that he was reluctant to do but as he says; who does the world come to? He is so right to demand other countries do their part. Pretty sure he has had the same thought before when he wasn’t in power. I am Canadian and in that can appreciate your President of the People. He is doing his job. Now everyone else has to do theirs. Kim, you have written my thoughts here. Bravo for speaking my words – words I have written but not published, well, mainly because I am white lol. How could I understand right? Peace be with you and all you love.

  2. All of it so true Kim. I didn’t watch the video because I know it will make me upset or sad, but did you know that Steve Jobs wouldn’t let his children use ipads or iphones. He didn’t want them to become techie zombies. So much is wrong with society, and yet all the individuals in society want the same thing. To feel loved, to feel like they belong (hence walking around with your grocery money on!), to feel safe and to feel secure. Voting is not the answer as you say, personal change is the only thing that will change this broken world. Human love thyself!

    1. Yes personal change is the answer. But in the video the young lady believes her vote doesn’t matter. In our society we have a choice in who makes the laws that govern man. Our government is flawed to say the less. Our vote can make a difference. In this instant I tried to point out that not voting is doing nothing to change this government as it is.

  3. We can’t do for others what we can’t do for ourselves.
    Says a lot about the human nature I believe, Kim. Most people believe they respect themselves; however, generally, when we look real deep within, we find little bits of non-acceptance regarding ourselves. We don’t like the colour of our hair. We’d prefer to have different coloured eyes. We feel ‘not good enough’ in so many ways. Too fat, too thin, something wrong with our legs, our arms, our body hair. The list is endless.
    Not until we can love ourselves, with all our frailties, will we accept the differences between us; including colour, financial status, academic achievement, etc.
    Think it’s gonna take an awfully long time before we, in general, can see our Earth mates through accepting eyes. Sure is a valid path to walk, though Kim. I’m with you, all the way…

    1. Yes we do have to all learn how to see each other for who we are not by the color of our skin, the accent in our voices or the region from where we came from. We are all flesh and blood and need to learn to love ourselves first. Be proud of ourselves. We do have to stop judging and believing that we have to be a certain way when all we need to do is be ourselves.

  4. My daughter said when she was very young that she hadn’t even thought of her best friend as being different (i.e. Sri Lankan) until their teacher started making a big deal about race and how everybody should be inclusive. As far as my daughter was concerned, the girl was her friend anyway and she didn’t need to have a teacher telling her to accept another human being because of the colour of their skin.
    I think your post is excellent. Well said. What a shame that people as wise as you are not in charge of this world.

    1. There was a picture going around of these two babies, one white one black. They were both on their parents back in a holder where they were facing each other. While the parents were buy shopping the babies were playing with each other. You are so right our children don’t know that we are different until they are taught. Your daughter is a lucky young lady. I’m sure the teacher had good intentions. I would lose my mind if I was running this world. No thank you but thanks for your vote of confidence. 🙂

  5. I think all people need to learn how to respect themselves and respect other people, Kim. It starts with the people our age and filters down to our kids and the youngest generation. Thanks for pointing all of these things out in your post today, from this white man in America.

  6. Very well said Kim, and I think it should be said to ALL the young people out there. They are our future and right now the future is looking mighty scary.

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