Fool’s Paradise by Butch Ford
Comedian Chris Rock once said the profound words, “I love my black people. But I can’t stand n***as” during a comedy tour two decades ago. I laughed hysterically as did the rest of the audience. But sadly, those words still reverberate in my mind, body, and spirit to this very day…for obvious reasons.
I’m saddened, embarrassed, and infuriated at how far we…as prideful people have fallen in just over a half-century. Dignity, self-respect, and honor have all but dissipated. Almost as if it never existed. Mission Accomplished! I feel that this was orchestrated by “the establishment.” But we’re playing right into their hands. Keep us poor, uneducated, unhealthy, superficial, angry, barbaric, and at odds with each other…fighting for scraps. That way we’re diverted and unaware of the bigger agenda.
Stimulus packages, unemployment bonuses and government hand-outs were implemented to create further chaos and dissension within our communities. Designed to infiltrate, separate, and further destroy…in my opinion. But when does it end? There’s a target on our backs. And the majority of us can’t see beyond the current fashion trends, the marijuana dispensaries or the latest beef in the entertainment industry. Mass media outlets flood us with this garbage.
Black on black crime, unspeakable acts committed against African Americans by other races, and the Covid-19 pandemic are at a premium and are taking us out at an alarming rate. Either nobody’s paying attention. Or…no one seems to care. That’s what’s so disturbing. And the government wants us to believe that it’s safe to open everything back up and resume life as we knew it previously. Jump starting the economy seems to have taken precedence over the general safety and welfare of the U.S. citizens.
But it’s a trap people. We must stand for something…or we’ll continue to fall for anything. It starts by using common sense and exercising good judgment. It’s a tall order to expect the millennials (who refuse to listen and feel as though they have all the answers) to buy-in. But we must take accountability and fight for what our ancestors believed in and what they died for. We are lost and directionless and can’t seem to get out of our own way.
The once-proud People (who are the pulse of America) must take back control and lead by example. We can’t continue to walk this path of self-destruction that’s been laid for us. If so…we’re doomed. To trust and believe in the media and our current administration is equivalent to living in a Fool’s Paradise. “You better think twice. It’s not very nice.” Don’t fall for the okey-doke. If we know better, we’ll do better. Continue to protect yourselves and love one another. It’s the only way.