My Kick Game Is So Mean

by Young Che on October 1, 2008

Maybe it’s a good thing we’re not back in ATL judging by the gas lines. The shortage is due to Hurricanes Ike & Gustav according to news reports. Well we all know the other dominant story in the news recently is the $700 billion bailout plan which was rejected in Congress. The picture of grief on the cover of the USA Today was priceless. Well today the players in this economic meltdown drama are looking optimistically happy about the potential to pass a revised version of the bill. Any way you look at it, the Bill is only going to be a band-aid over a wound that is so much deeper than any one in this country wants to look at. America is not known for paying her debts and has been operating out of a deficit for a long time now. We are not surprised by this behavior or America’s actions regarding anything they do to remain in power. You are looking at a country who have always been willing to kill millions to get her way. She was built in this manner and still has an outstanding debt to us which they refuse to pay. We cannot put our hopes in a bailout plan which offers no benefit to us.

In the introduction of The Debt; by Randall Robinson he writes:

“At the dawn of the twenty-first century African Americans lag the American mainstream in virtually every area of statistical measure. Neither blacks nor whites know accurately why. The answer can be found only in the distant past, a past as deliberately obscured as the Capital’s secrets.

“The solutions to our racial problems are possible, but only if our society can be brought face up to the massive crime of slavery and all that it has wrought.

“Now never begins yesterday. To set afoot a new and whole black woman and man, we must first tell the victims what happened to them – before and after America was new.”

We know that we have an enemy who does not care anything for us. This is no longer surprising to us or at least it shouldn’t be. Now we must learn to progress in a hostile environment despite this fact. We are naturally equipped to thrive during the tough days that lie ahead for this country but we must be willing to work together on multiple levels. The enemy has a price to pay for the wickedness done to us and during a time like this we must not be caught waiting around for our opportunity to rejoice at her failings. If America falls this means bad news for us because of our refusal to come out of her. We have to embrace change like no other time in history just as our presidential candidate and brother, Barack Obama is attempting to represent. One thing for certain is that change is on the way.

You have to think about investing in the most stable of resources right now to get through this time. You must invest in yourself. You look to all these outside factors to change your life when you possess the most powerful resource known to man. The power of you!

“When I discover who I am, I’ll be free.” – Ralph Ellison

Do you know who you are? Well on a certain level of course you do. You know what your favorite foods are, your favorite movies, songs, video games, books, sports, etc..

But have you taken the time to get to know yourself? In addition how much of your true history have you bothered to study? It has intentionally been hidden from you. Its refreshing to see that youngsters are learning some of their recent history (last 10-20 years) even though most of it is Hip Hop culture.

You have to start to think of what will help you become the best you that you can be. What are your strengths and how can you maximize them for the benefit of yourself and your family. And unless you are a damn good emcee or you are serious about dedicating yourself to that craft, don’t tell me you wanna rap. Trust me we have enough son.

You must learn how to put Self First.

Now of course in order to do that you have to learn who you are and some of the obstacles we have faced and continue to face as a people which keep us last in all these areas of statistical measure as noted above.

“The great stumbling block in the way of progress in the race has invariably come from within the race itself. The monkey wrench of destruction as thrown into the cog of Negro Progress, is not thrown so much by the outsider as by the very fellow who is in our fold, and who should be the first to grease the wheel of progress rather than seeking to impede it.” – Marcus Garvey

The troubles America is facing financially is mirrored in the officially struggling music industry as the internet has officially disrupted the master/slave relationship that record companies enjoyed with their artists. They are struggling to devise a way to continue to exploit young artists but in the meantime the playing field has been leveled again allowing independents to carve out a niche for themselves through Social Media. It is not a sure bet with the music industry for independents but they enjoy equal opportunity for exposure thanks to the internet.

What our young brothers represent in the re-emerging Hip Hop scene is a raw fearlessness, a new sense of creativity, an appreciation for their story which has been hidden from them, the vision to want to create their own reality and a swagger that tells the world that no matter what, “We Are The Sh1t.”

This is why we are so dangerous. Creativity is once again reigning supreme and we have to spread it to every aspect of our existence. We believe in ourselves thanks to young brothers sharing their talents.

West Coast. The Dirty South. East Coast. Midwest. We doin our thing. The best rises to the top. Fear is gone. Now we are beginning to smarten up.

Our youngsters have shaken that fear and are beginning to realize that we need knowledge to learn of the things that we may be ignorant to. This is happening through Hip Hop as well. It’s great to see it taking shape as a movement.

Named must your fear be before banish it you can. – Yoda, from Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back

Well America is on the ropes but still has a chance to get through this rough period however she has rethink how she handles her former slaves because she can once again redeem herself by investing in this great resource she has abused incessantly. In closing I want to leave you with a sobering quote from:

A Torchlight For America by Minister Louis Farrakhan

America On The Brink Of Anarchy

Without an advocate for the poor, without a new state of mind in America, the country lies on the brink of anarchy. Anarchy is the complete absence of government. It’s a condition of political disorder, violence and lawlessness in the society. We saw signs of it in Los Angeles after the Rodney King verdict.

Anarchy my await America due to the daily injustices suffered by the people. There really can be no peace without justice. There can be no justice without truth. And there can be no truth, unless someone rises up to tell the truth.

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