Lean on me

This write-up is not meant to stigmatize, perhaps point fingers at any group of persons or race but to bring to light a bit of the shadow we’ve been shunning. You have probably read messages and heard talks on this subject matter, but as said locally, “so many fish in a bowl of soup doesn’t make it wrong.” There are many things ongoing in the lives of the “so-called minority in society,” which are subconsciously mutating the young minds for the worst. Everyone seems to perceive that as the way to go — demeaning the other. We live in a society where we believe in peace and unity but always have discriminatory relations with the minority in society, physically challenged, the people of color and less privileged in the society. Well, the word “racist” has become a common word in the land today and is gradually becoming a way of demeaning one’s status(those who racially discriminate).

There is a fundamental concept in physics that doubles as an African proverb that says, “when you throw a ball to the wall, it surely bounces back to you,” this tries to make a point that the mitigation of the minority in the society and the black community shows how much discord we have amongst ourselves. We preach love, but all we do is to capitalize on that to feed us with hate and depravity. You will see blacks mocking blacks on the Internet for no apparent reason, depriving our fellow blacks of great opportunities just because we don’t trust the African minds enough. We kill ourselves and drive ourselves into rage and hate! Poor us! These acts subconsciously feed the mind of our upcoming generations with self-worthlessness, the pursuit to change their nature to fit the apparent standards of society, and so on. What we should be doing is to be constantly resounding the achievement of the “presumed less important” in the society as well as that of our great black heroes in the ears of the upcoming, at least this will decrease the margin of self-hate and inferiority on our community. Don t get it twisted, there are so many blacks who have broken the barriers by which we limit ourselves.

There is another Ghanaian adage that translates as “if you will be stung by an insect, it is definitely from the clothes you are wearing,” this helps me to make a point that, whether you are lagging or matching forward, it’s up to how much we carry on ourselves. Is it one that will make us keep looking back, or one who will spring us into altitudes? Learning from others to be like them is one of the best ways to improve on yourself, but don’t get it twisted. I think, trying to be like everyone who has made it will substantially veer us from our destination. What’s the gain when we all yield the same results or bear the same fruits. We should be diverse in thoughts, deed, and processes and even in our achievements to be valued for what we also have if the results appear to be the same. Let us stay true to who we are and be proud of who we are becoming.

Once again, this write-up is not meant to insight any group negatively. If we(black, white, brown, and any race) place genuine value on ourselves, that would bring enough respect, reduce over-dependence, and enforce communion amongst us.

…I just might have a problem you’ll understanding, we all need somebody to lean on…

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