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Response to "CNN Presents: Black in America" a six-hour television event"

There’s a story about a young newlywed bride who is cooking a ham dinner. She prepares it by cutting both ends of the ham off before she puts it into the pot. The groom asks the wife why she cut both ends off. The daughter then asks her mother and she replies that was how her mother taught her. At that point the grandmother comes in and she is asked why both ends are cut off. The grandmother replied that she didn’t have a big enough pot.

Black America when do we take responsibility for our condition? How long will we keep cutting off both ends of the ham? You may ask- how do we keep cutting off both ends? Let me give just 13 examples of dysfunctional behavior that some of us perpetuate:

1) Refusing to finish at a minimum high school
2) Failure to turn the television off
3) Failure to choose healthy foods
4) Failure to exercise
5) Choosing consumerism over education
6) Failure to adopt a global perspective, understand our history and world history
7) Using racism and s*xism as an excuse for not achieving
8) Living in denial versus confronting our deficiencies and institutional societal wrongs including racism and s*xism inside and outside of the church
9) Choosing an underachieving noncommittal black man because he is black
10) Failure to get tested for HIV/AIDS, wear a c*ndom or have your partner wear one
11) Limiting your choice to only black men
12) Forgetting the ancient landmarks that allowed our ancestors to survive slavery
13) Refusal to accept the need for and release ourselves to a higher power in our lives

Black America no one is going to save us, but ourselves. Let’s stop cutting off both ends of the ham because it is comfortable and everyone else is supposedly doing the same. (By the way is ham still a staple in your diet?)

Leave me some comments as to how we can think outside the box rather than cutting off both ends through black homicide, HIV/AIDS (the number one killer of Black women aged 25-34), under and unemployment, disproportionally high school dropout rate, 50% black single parental rate etc.

Stay Blessed!
P.S. I'm glad Barack Obama's parents didn’t cut off both ends of the ham!
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There is no simple solution for the 13 issues (mentioned) that Black Americans face. 1 reason is because it will take more than 1 person to make sure all of these issues are addressed, because 1 person can't be in 13 different places at one time. It will take more than 13 people, because the 13 people can not come up with ideas that will be effective for everyone as a whole and make sure that these ideas reach the masses concurrently. It will most definitely take more than several different groups standing alone because they feel that they have the only idea that is credible. It will require unity.

This message is a very important one, but for this message to reach it's goal, people will need to stop sitting on their thrones like they are "royal spectators." There are people actively fighting these battles as we speak, but they lack support of the people these issues effect the most because there is a lack of unity in Black Communities. We have to support each other and stop believing that there is only one way to face all of our issues.

By you pointing out specific things, there should be responses from people who address the individual issues because these are networks full of brilliant people. After the responses start, we should be able to contact each others too discuss ideas in more depth.

Tuesday, October 21st 2008 at 6:21AM
I agree Emmanuel- thanks for your response. How do we get started?
Stay Blessed & Happy New Year!
Wednesday, December 31st 2008 at 9:38PM
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