Nelson Mandela “MADIBA”

BIO-MANDELA-RALLY

 

Rest in Peace Nelson Mandela (July 18, 1918- December 5, 2013)

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world”

“There is no passion to be found playing small – in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living”

 “Any man or institution that tries to rob me of my dignity will lose”

“To deny people their human rights is to challenge their very humanity”

“In countries where innocent people are dying, the leaders are following their blood rather than their brains”
“I do not deny that I planned sabotage. I did not plan it in a spirit of recklessness nor because I have any love of violence. I planned it as a result of a calm and sober assessment of the political situation that had arisen after many years of tyranny, exploitation and oppression of my people by the whites”

 

 

 

 

Quotes courtesy of brainyquote.com

Photo courtesy of america.aljazeera.com.

The n word

Follow the links and then comment:

http://www.eyewitnesstohistory.com/slaveship.htm

http://www.africanaonline.com/2010/08/the-rosewood-massacre/

http://blackcollegenines.com/?p=567  Charles Follis, first professional athlete

http://core-online.org/History/Chaney,%20Goodman%20%26%20Schwerner.htm

http://www.biography.com/people/ruby-bridges-475426

There are million stories and events some we have heard of and many more personal. I really have no care about the latest events that surround the Miami Dolphins and L.A. Clippers. However, this idea of the n*****word being thrown around as if it is o.k. Amongst African Americans is a LIE! I love Hip Hop, but every time I hear the n’word I cringe. Yes, Chris Rock had his joke about two kinds of black folk, and even Richard Pryor with his brilliance and weakness had a different perspective after a trip to Africa. These events are a confirmation of an educational failure, a people of loss and a lack of knowing the truth.  Anyone who uses the word lets me know they have no clue of where they are, who they are and why they exist. As I was thinking about this topic I wanted to find historical event and stories that could shine a light on why this word has no place. Taking this word out of your vocabulary is not going to change how other people see African Americans, it may not stop crime and it may not improve the economic conditions of the black community. But, this word is evil and it has a connection with homicide and genocide. So, those who think this is a word of endearment add another word that reflects your consciousness and humanity-Suicide. – Glenn D. Andrews- 

Parallel Universe

Aside

In our experiences, black men do not realize that we must manage our destiny. We do not let someone else dictate our existence. Men, particularly black men should always be systematic, accountable and responsible.  In America, the image of the black man is first negative indifference, and nothing positive in the slope or trend line. Everything we do is a counter and the juxtaposition of something negative. So, we teach African-American children to prepare for negativity along with formal education versus preparing them for endless possibilities as the objective? Why do we not teach from the perspective of worldly aspirations? I realize we have to teach black children to live parallel lives because of historical and present day institutional barriers. So, the question becomes is this proper? -Glenn D. Andrews-

Never Scared

Never scared to learn,

Never scared to do right,

Never scared to try,

Never scared to fail,

Never scared to be African American,

Never scared to be a Man,

Never scared of a challenge,

Never scared to be a Father,

Never scared to be a friend,

Never scared to Love,

Never scared to be a husband,

Never scared to lead,

Never scared to be unselfish,

Never scared to be honest,

Never scared to keep it real,

Never follow the pack,

Never scared to die,

Never scared to live life and take a chance.

-Glenn D. Andrews-

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Assets and Liabilities

The significant others in your life want the best for you. If you are involved with someone that does not make you a better man and a human being, one of you is not living life to your potential. In short, you are wasting time. Here, you do have a choice. -Glenn D. Andrews _