Let’s Start Anew by Butch Ford
As we come to the close of another decade, there are some things I’d like to see change within our community. As a people, we have really lowered our standards and expectations of one another. And as a society we have come to be too accepting of mediocrity.
Professional sports are all about marketing dollars and network ratings. Gone are the days of good sportsmanship and integrity. It’s so much pressure on these kids nowadays. Bring back the days of playing for the love of the game(s).
Social Media has taken over as our main source of communication. There’s no one-on-one interaction anymore. Everything’s so impersonal. There was a time when we had to talk to one another, meet up, ask someone out or just getting to know people. Now everyone’s just typing away.
Which brings me to the education system, or the lack of emphasis placed on learning. This one’s self-explanatory, but perplexes me nonetheless. Generations past took pride in being the best at tasks at hand. Millennials couldn’t care less. They just want, want, want. No concept of working to achieve goals.
And last…the lack of family dynamics. We once ate meals together, taught each other hobbies & skills, supported the dreams of our relatives, asked how each other’s day was, etc. Now everyone’s out for themselves. Fathers are absent from their children’s lives, which forces the mothers to carry the load. But they must be mature and responsible enough to take on the duties of parenthood. Again…we must do better.
We need to own our own businesses, invest in our communities, teach our youth and overall be better as African Americans. We owe it to ourselves and to our future. WE NEED CHANGE…LIKE YESTERDAY!