I think that if you ask most of us, we will be in agreeance saying that Martin Luther King Jr. was a great man. He (along with others) lead the way for Yes We Can. To a certain extent, it makes me feel some type of way knowing that Dr. King had to die in order for his dream to come true. Because much like him, I have a dream too. I call this I Have A Dream: Part 2.
I have a dream that one day, Black people will embrace the positive messages that surround them. Ecclesiastes chapter 3 tells us that there is a time for everything. Well, I propose that this is the time to WAKE UP! I was once told that if I want to be somebody, and if I want to go somewhere, then I better wake up and pay attention. Somebody else told me I know I can, be what I want to be. And if I work hard at it, I’ll be where I want to be. They never said if I work hard, then I stop working. They never told me that if I work hard and then grow stagnant, that I’ll be where I want to be. Keep this in mind. The world was hard on Jesus. So if the world was hard on Jesus, what makes you think that it won’t be hard on you? You and you too.
I have a dream that one day, my generation will focus on the task at hand. These days, too many brothers and sisters are worried about the wrong things! Like doing it for the Vine! Or even doing it for the Vine and saying that you’re not gona “Do it for the Vine”, while you ARE doing it for the Vine! Too much time being put into twerk videos, but not enough time to go to church. Too many promiscuous photos being leaked, and not enough graduation pictures out there. Too many girls “honored” by dancing for bands. Because believe me! Believe me! Bands WILL make her dance. We’ve GOT to do better yal! I want to do something that’ll make God and our ancestors say “I’m so I’m so I’m so I’m so proud of you!”
I don’t want to be the one that would’ve made Rosa Parks stand up, instead of standing for something. I don’t want to be the one that would’ve made Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. march right on back home. Ask yourself. If Martin Luther King Jr. actually saw some of this stuff that he died for, would he have got up on that mic?
I have a dream that one day, Black people will sit closer to the front of the bus. Black people, we have to get back to doing things with a purpose. Can yal do me, Rosa Parks, and Granddad Freeman a favor? Can yal at least sit near the front of the bus just even during Black History Month? Can yal vote for me? Not literally, because I’m not running for an office. But seriously, people were punished so that your vote could count, instead of you just counting for votes; but often times, we don’t vote.
I have a dream that one day, my generation will stop being too accepting of others and then calling them exceptions.
I have a dream that one day, little Black boys and little Black girls won’t be satisfied with playing the role of baby mama and baby daddy. Lauryn Hill tried to tell yal. Some of them are only about that thing, that thing, that thiiiing!
The revolution will NOT BE TELEVISED!!!!! I said, the revolution will not be televised. So WHY are WE watching Love & Hip-Hop? Basketball “Wives”, “Real” House “Wives”. We watch these entertaining Negroes, that never stop to think “Why am I entertaining Negroes?”.
I have a dream that one day, light skins and dark skins will be able hold hands. For centuries, as a matter of fact, FOUR centuries, THEY have been attempting to keep Coloreds in line! Since pre-school THEY have been teaching US to keep the colors inside the lines.
I have a dream that one day, Black people will stop trying to sell their mixtapes everywhere they go as if they’re Girl Scouts selling Girl Scout Cookies.
I have a dream that one day, Black people will stop “sampling” grapes from the store.
I have a dream that one day, I’ll be able to walk out of the store without having a receipt held tightly in my grip. As a Black male, I end up having to search for the receipt as soon as the cashier puts it in the bag. Do that or risk being stopped on my way out.
I have a dream that one day, people will see the hope that my generation has. If for no other reason, because I’m a part of it. Tupac said it best. “If you say there’s no hope for the youth, then the truth is there’s no hope for the future.”
It has also been said that you must be the change that you want to see in the world. That the change starts with you. So I WILL vote! I WILL prepare for the revolution! I WILL sit near the front of the bus! I WILL not be a baby daddy! I WILL not stop working! And I will draw outside of the lines.
I have a dream that one day, I will inspire you. I have a dream that one day, you’ll have a dream too.