Lets Chat, Man to Man by Tracy L Williams

Lets Chat, Man to Man by Tracy L Williams

Overview

 

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Not too long ago I received a notice on Facebook from my dear friend, Dr. Leonard Brock. He wanted me to look at some alarming statistics. Although I was aware of these numbers already, it really made me sit down and think about some causal factors. Although some may be systemic, I believe that we, as men, can do something to change these numbers. Am I my brother’s keeper? This question was once asked with a sense of pride. The question however was a rhetorical one. The inquirer inevitably knew that he was his brother’s keeper; that he had his brother’s best interest in mind. The question used to be a statement. AM I MY BROTHERS KEEPER!!!!! Sadly, today that question is just that: a question. As we look at our African
American men we see a decline in every positive measurable statistic there is. We must ask ourselves what happened to the fraternal order of brotherhood that banded these men together to fight for equal rights, justice and equality. What happened to the strength to stand together and march in the streets demanding the same liberties afforded to every other citizen of the United States? Where are the Martin Luther King Jrs, Malcolm Xs, Marcus Garveys and other notable leaders that once stood tall and fought for all that was right? It seems as though our will to be men died with the civil rights movement. Instead what we have now is a group of males that are lost, confused and out of touch with reality. When the fight ended for desegregation, voting rights, and when affirmative action was approved, a new more toxic and deadly war began.  more men outside of school,
outside of the home and unemployed than ever before. Our rich culture, once proud and strong, has been cast aside for fast money and good times. The value of hard work has been replaced with hustling and get-rich-quick schemes. Our forefathers fought for freedom, education, and equal rights, but we do not take advantage of it. Why did they even bother to fight at all? They fought to be released from the chains of slavery and we walk ourselves into jails and prisons. Our men have walked away
from our woman and our children. We walked away from our responsibilities as men, as providers, leaders and protectors, and
we have the audacity to wonder why society looks at us the way it does. I say to my brothers that this is our fight. Now is the time to re-evaluate our position in society and stand up strong like Brother Malcolm, Brother Marcus and Brother Martin. It is our turn to sit down at the table and begin a movement much like the civil rights movement and restore honor and dignity to
our name. We must reclaim our families, households and communities. We must look to each other for positive support and hold each accountable for our actions. When the civil rights war appeared to be won and the marches dissipated, when the issues of protest seemed to be solved, there were no more fights to fight, so we began to fight ourselves. As a result, when the few jobs became available for us through affirmative action we began to fight each other for those positions. The backstabbing began; the crab in the barrel frenzy raged as we gained access to white America and wanted everything they had. In our minds, their possessions were representative of what free people had. Today the majority of us are still trying to emulate what we think
a free people look like. So we imitate the very people we fought to get away from during our oppression. During the days of
oppression we were tight! We needed each other. We comforted each other in sorrows and worked together. The minute the imaginary perimeter was lifted, we took off and never looked back. We were no longer our brother’s keeper. Instead of advancing in harmony with one another and gradually moving forward together, we went 100mph in the wrong direction. We
engage in blatant acts of sabotage working against

Tracy L. Williams is a native of Rochester, NY. He is the founder of The TLW Group and Building Stronger Responsible
Men (B.S.R.M.), a program that he has been running for 10 years. He is also the author of “The Come Up”