I had a conversation with my mother the morning after the election regarding the obvious shock permeating throughout the country. We touched based on a variety of topics that led to Donald Trump’s win as well as the future and what it may hold for our family. Our discussion ended up being my catharsis for the day because it reminded me of the fact that my brother and I were trained by soldiers, and regardless of who’s running the country, we’re going to be alright. Unfortunately, that wasn’t the message that I heard from my community.
Disappointment would be an understatement when it comes to describing the emotional social media posts that spread from the same people who hashtag Black Empowerment; don’t even get me started on CNN Contributor Van Jones and his easy-bake oven tears. The last time I’ve checked, Black People, we aren’t descendants of meek, incapable misfits who don’t know how to make a way out of no way. So let’s get a grip.
That frustration led me to question some things. What’s going to happen to the Black community going forward? Our grandparents who went through unimaginable trials to gain our Civil Rights have already done their due diligence, so they aren’t in a position anymore to lead us towards liberation. My generation who grew up in an illusion and thought that racism didn’t exist anymore, are too unstable and divided to lead the collective community upward. So who’s going to do it?
Who’s going to save us? What card do we have to play? Do we have a Rolodex?
Then it hit me, we do…our children.
Harvard University’s Center on the Developing Child discusses the science behind the early brain development in children. In regards to brain architecture, which is the foundation for all future learning, behavior, and health, the following research has been found.
The basic architecture of the brain is constructed through an ongoing process that begins before birth and continues into adulthood. Simpler neural connections and skills form first, followed by more complex circuits and skills. In the first few years of life, 700 to 1,000 new neural connections form every second.
The early years are the most active period for establishing neural connections, but new connections can form throughout life and unused connections continue to be pruned. Because this dynamic process never stops, it is impossible to determine what percentage of brain development occurs by a certain age. More importantly, the connections that form early provide either a strong or weak foundation for the connections that form later.
I found this information to be interesting because it gave me a better understanding of the seeds planted in me at a young age, by my mother, regarding the importance of reading and education. Black intellectuals will be the soldiers our community will need to take us from the bottom to the top, and the only ones who I see with that potential are our children. Because it’s not us. Feel some type of way about it all you want, but it’s clear that we aren’t taken seriously as a group. Just look at the tactics that Hillary Clinton tried to use to get the Black vote:
- Take a group of famous Black Simpletons, who have all of a third grade education in politics, to try and convince Black people that she can be trusted.
- Visit The Breakfast Club, not to discuss a Black agenda, but to gloat about carrying hot sauce in her bag as well as pander to Death Row Records.
- Dance with Roland Martin.
Frederick Douglas said it best, “Knowledge makes a man unfit to be a slave.” Therefore, our children should be encouraged to seek truth and fall in love with learning, because we need resolutions. Scholars, critical thinkers, and business professionals will be the warriors that will dismantle this never-ending battle a lot of us don’t seem to acknowledge.
There are some organizations that are training our youth, and for that, I salute them.
Until Next Time…
Brain Architecture. (n.d.). Retrieved November 13, 2016, from http://developingchild.harvard.edu/science/key-concepts/brain-architecture/
Frederick Douglas Quotes. (n.d.). Retrieved November 13, 2016, from https://www.goodreads.com/author/quotes/18943.Frederick_Douglass