Reinventing The African American Male
What happen to the African American Male? This topic is often discussed but never act upon, why I don’t know. For many years I tried to understand what went wrong with the mindset of young African American youth especially the male. When we have had so many positive African America role models such as Martin Luther King Jr., Jesse Jackson, Thurgood Marshall and many others. It seems after the death of Martin Luther King, Jr. the mindset of the African American male change for the worse.
This is truly a crisis in 2009, because most of the African American males are unemployed or in the prison system, a majority of them don’t even finish high school and father children who don’t even know them. Being an African American male myself, I’m always trying to find ways to challenge myself or change things so I can excel in life. One greatest role model was my Dad, he was hard working and dedicated to his family, his father abandoned him, but he did not repeat that pattern. He worked sometime two to three jobs and expressed hard work and
education was the key to success in life, though he had an eight grade education and he was very smart and up to date with current issues. He made sure we lived in Upper middle class community, my mother had new <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 />Lincoln Town car every two years and we went on family vacations every summer and up until his death in 1994, was still working in his own business and taking care of his own family.
The question is how we restore the African American Male back in the society they built. The Answer is seeking the Lord Jesus Christ “Seek first the Kingdom of God and all this things will be added unto you”, changing the mindset from rejection to acceptance, Change the negative culture brought on by the entertainment media. Educate and build up their self-esteem through the word of God. “Any man in Christ he is a new Creation, old things are passed away and all things become new” in Christ you can always start over.
After this is done. We empower them, love them, embrace them and endow them with greater knowledge that will make them powerful and productive human-beings that God intended them to be. And we as a community care and heal them with encouragement and in invest in their growth and endeavors acceptance is the great medicine.