There is one sure thing in life, and that is death! I can say over half of the people I have known are dead from family, to the rich and famous, and not one have come back! However, people have created this myth that when the eventuality of death occurs; you will go to this place in the sky, a mansion they say, with many rooms and streets paved with gold where there is life everlasting. This sounds enticing but there is no place like that nor will this fictional character named Jesus be waiting!
The fact is your life is “Just A Season”, which is a time characterized by a particular circumstance, suitable to an indefinite period of time associated with a divine phenomenon we call life. One of the first things I learned in this life was that it is a journey. As I grew older and became a man, I realized there are milestones, mountains, and valleys that everyone will encounter. However, what is usually left unaddressed is that the journey will come to an end – we all die. Are you prepared for the afterlife or when someone close to you transitions? Death is for sure the great unknown and some might say the ultimate test.
Briefly, I will tell you that I lost my son, a dozen years ago during the holiday season and it was without question the worst thing that has ever happened to me – there is nothing in life worst than burying a child. It was very hard to deal with, and to this day, the littlest thing sometimes invokes the whole nightmare of his tragedy. As the many deaths of families experience each day the pain of his death revisits me.
No one knows what it’s like to go through something like this, but not really because we all do. Now, if you have lived it and you will for sure, everybody will one day, because death is the reason we live – to die. Don’t be fooled by some slick talking preach telling you that you will rise; you are not coming back nor is there that mystical place waiting for you and you won’t get wings – you will die and decompose period.
Just remember all that is left will be the tiny dash between the beginning and end dates of your life and that is your legacy! Add some equity to your dash while you live! And that’s my thought provoking perspective…
Long, long, long ago in a place the slaves called “merica” where a group of European’s [white folk] who claimed to have discovered a “New World”. This was a place people were living and had a significant culture for thousands of years while most European’s struggled to survive. They told us they were the first and brought civilization to the land they stole killing off most of the inhabitants. They said it was done because it was God’s will and that he ordained them to rule the earth, which they called Christianity.
It was the beginning of the most wretched horrors and brutality not known since the crucifixion of Christ. All done, while these so-called Founding Father’s enslaved human beings and kept them as chattel for their own greed to establish a privilege for themselves that has lasted to modern times as they believe – it was God who decreed such authority upon them. Then use God and religion to steal the minds of those they oppressed.
There have been many atrocities during the African American story. One of the most horrifying of such was a dreadful wave of lynching and anti-Negro violence that permeated the very fiber of America during my grand father’s lifetime. Lynching was so pervasive during this time; including race riots started by whites that inflicted devastation upon black lives across the nation.
This period was called “Red Summer” referring to the summer and fall of 1919, in which race riots exploded in a number of cities in both the North and South. The reason I am reminded of the stories my grandfather told me about his youth is because I tell similar stories to my grandson today. The past summer was a lot like history repeating itself as we witnessed a bloody summer with countless unarmed black men killed at the hands of law enforcement that have resurrected the term “Pig”.
They said video cameras on every cop would solve the problem shortly after Michael Brown was murdered shot at more than a dozen times and hit six times dying in the street – left like an animal. White folk would not treat their dog in such a manor. Shortly thereafter we saw the video of the choking death of Eric Garner. The rules changed and guess what; not enough evidence to bring charges against the killers. However, some friend of a politician will supply the cameras to their agency and will get paid well.
I could go on until all of the ink in the world is gone but what would be the point! Because history has recorded that the American Dream was and is more of a nightmare for people of color; particularly those of African descent. So I will stop here and simply ask that you look into your souls white Americans and them me that you can’t see what we see. Or is it that you don’t want to accept the sins of your forefathers who were so wretched and cruel. Knowing that as a beneficiary of the system they built – you too have blood you your hands.
If you and I can see the same history and you have a different conclusion. One or two things are happening here; you know what your people told you is a lie or you are just as racist as they were. The usual response when ask is that “it was in the past, get over it”. To that I say, we are continually reminded not to forget the attacks of “911” that killed a few thousands but want black America to forget the million of black people white folks killed from 1619 to present. We will not forget!!! And that’s my thought provoking perspective…
Let our thoughts and prayer be with the souls and families of the victims of government sanctioned terror under cover of law. It has become common-place and accepted, the many incidents of misconduct at the hands of the “law” resulting in nothing short of murder. The government furnishes combat grade weapons to rage war on the poor and people of color with no action taken to address the terror waged upon its own people.
What is despicable is that in the blink of an eye “billions” are sent over night anywhere in the world at the mere mention of terror, created or real. Look closely at the faces below and remember that they died from the twenty first century lynching. America stop the terror at home!!! And that’s my thought provoking perspective…
This is a short post to send my thoughts and prayers to the victims of the tragedy at the movie theater in Colorado who lost there lives as a result of a mad man. I have a question for NRA, Tea-Party, the GOP, and you. Isn’t it time to do something about the availability and easy access to weapons of Mass Destruction? And that’s My Thought Provoking Perspectives…
Legacy – A New Season the sequel is now available on Kindle with the hard copy released July 20th.http://www.amazon.com/dp/B008HJRPE0
It has been a year since the man who filled Washington DC with his legendary Go-Go music for so many years passed away. I won’t say he left us because he never will. As one of the thousands of “Chuckaholics” Chuck Brown will live forever.
Family, friends, and fans of the man known as the “Godfather of Go-Go” we still love you and thank you for you musical contribution. Brown’s legendary Go-Go music played venue all over the world – can’t you still hear the crowds shouting “Wind me up Chuck”?
“We definitely love the city for the support, because he is the city,” another one of Brown’s daughters, Kaykay, said. “He’s like our Elvis.” In death, as in life, Brown’s memorial carried his style. D.C. native and boxing legend Rock Newman said that Chuck looked regal. “He’s in a gold casket in front of purple-lit drapes with his guitar by his side,” Newman said.
One last time I say, “Wind Me Up, Chuck” and may you Rest in Peace. And that’s my Thought Provoking Perspective…