LC’s Commentary

Listen To The Voice of Reason

What Does The Future Hold?

The definition of future is appropriate here. Webster defines future as: Outlook, Hope, Prospect, Expectations, or Opportunity.  As we evaluate the current state of affairs in many Black communities, what does the looking-glass reveal? Does the future look bleak or is there still hope for improvement? Does the current environment in many of them paint a disturbing picture? What does the future hold for drug infested neighborhoods? What can we expect from uneducated or minimally uneducated people? Will unemployment continue to climb as competition increases for jobs that require little education?  Will our prisons continue to be filled with the people who should be preparing to assume the roles of leaders in our communities?  A people must prepare for the future. Not just for tomorrow, but for next week, next month, next year, next decade and the next century. Our future lies in our children. We must invest the time, effort and money necessary for educating the children. We must set the tone in our homes, churches and communities that will make education a magnet to our kids.  We must convince them that without an education, their chances of success in today’s world are nil.  A lack of education limits one’s choices and the quest for knowledge must be rekindled in the black community. Malcolm X said: A man, who stands for nothing, will fall for anything. It is time our young people stop allowing others to define who they are in terms of dress, speech and other actions. They must become something other than copycats and followers of everything negative that is piped into the black community. Knowledge acquired through education will allow our kids to sort through the maze of crap that is constantly being tossed their way. The world is changing extremely fast. It is changing so fast that our youth have become disconnected with our past. They need to look back to see where we came from and what we had to overcome so that previously closed doors are now opened to them. We must not let them forget the one to three room Rosenwald schools. We must not let them forget the ragged worn out school buses and or the long walks to and from school. These are just some of the things that we do not dare let them forget.


 Copyright 2006
This commentary written by L.C. Thornton, for The Peoples Voice Weekly News
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October 9, 2006 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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