I have been thinking of what to say about the situation in Ferguson. As a Christian, as a black, as a woman that grew up middle-class between Detroit and Atlanta, I have many different experiences to form a perspective on the situation.
I listened to this video and found myself agreeing with most of what this young man has to say.
But what are the changes that we need to make – as black people, as people, as Americans?
Here are some of my suggestions:
- Stop blaming others for the decisions that we make.
- Turn off the television so that we can learn to think for ourselves.
- Stop thinking that hard work is not meant for us.
- Stop hating on people of other cultures that come over here, start businesses and thrive.
- Start reading things that will edify us and teach us how to become self-sufficient.
- Stop reading trash.
- Teach our children how to think, and solve problems without violence.
- Value education and utilize it to better ourselves.
- Stop being envious of people that succeed and excel in what they do
- Take an interest in what goes on in our communities.
- Get active in our churches and houses of worship.
- Teach our children how to be ethical and integral.
- Be examples to everyone that is watching, they are watching.
- Be lawful but respectfully question authority.
- Be passionate about life.
- Motivate others to be and act positive.
- Respect and help the homeless, widows, orphans and the elderly.
- Respect ourselves.
- Don’t throw trash out of our cars onto the street.
- Respect and treat others as we would want to be respected.
- Tell the truth no matter the consequences.
- Love, don’t hold grudges, it only makes us bitter.
- Share good news with others and don’t hoard successful strategies.
- Seek wise council before making rash decisions.
- Manage our money so that we will not always be broke busted and disgusted.
- Don’t take what does not belong to us whether it be physical or intellectual.
- Keep our minds sharp and clear of evil thoughts.
- Eat as healthy as possible so that our minds won’t be foggy.
- Share your wealth and wisdom with those that want to excel – be a mentor.
You have heard 31 of my suggestions for CHANGE.
Now let me hear some of yours.