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Wednesday, June 25, 2008

No Free Lunches Here.

"For everyone to whom much is given, of him shall much be required." -- Luke 12:48

I recently came upon a debate on of all places a sports forum that focus on what the writer considered a flaw in black culture. I just could not resist following the thread to the end. You’ll be surprise at the amount of serious issues that are sometimes discussed on these seemingly insignificant areas. It is important to remember that sports and their heroes are treated seriously in this country call America. Let’s take for example the greatest boxer of all time- Mohammed Ali aka Casuis Clay. Remember that he got his fame and notoriety not only from what he did in the ring, but also outside. His refusal to fight in the Vietnam War and the economic price he paid as a result is a case in point. Today he is lauded, but back then was vilified as a selfish coward by the white power structure. The writer wanted to know why black folks are so cheap when it comes to tipping. He was a Pizza delivery guy and suffered dearly at the hands of these cheap skates. Of course he was chastised by an obvious defensive batch that did not like the fact that all blacks were stereotyped into this single group. Someone even counteracted by saying that it was white women between the ages of twenty-five and fifty that are the cheap ones, and his family is black and middle class and are excellent tippers at restaurants, cleaners and the occasional delivery men.
It was then I decided to give the story a rest. I for one recognize a simple fact, it is that without black people, the lives of whites would be very boring indeed as they’ll have nothing to talk about, compare with, and rile against. The President went all the way to Israel recently to talk before the political leaders at the Knesset chamber , and guest the first words to come out of his mouth, you guess it Obama – a black man. Don Imus might just get into trouble again and, get fired and in the process make more money again while he improves his ratings. It is alleged that he asserted that being black is synonymous with being a criminal. This of course came in the wake of him calling a few masculine looking college basketball elite black girls, “nappy headed hoes”. A few years ago in the US Open Tennis tournament, Serena Williams was vilified for the paltry sum of I believe $100:00 per ace she promised for Katrina flood and Hurricane victims. This was seen as insignificant when compared to other white athletes that also made public gestures.
I have however done my own silent survey, as I am very concern about issues that the average guys ignore, but perhaps that makes me a bit special. I make this point nevertheless; many in the black middle class family are extremely selfish. They simply do not fully understand the concept of giving back as other races does. You see it everyday. Only recently I observe a situation outside a Wal-Mart store. An old African American lady was sitting in a wheel chair and requested the use of a cell phone of an African American female. Her response was a resounding no and told her she did not have one to ease her conscience.
I do not believe that it is always necessary to always give large sums of money, as time and other acts of generosity can be just as good. It is so thrilling to read stories after stories of people that have volunteered, doing well by helping and giving back to others. They always comment on the wonderful feeling that results. Too often we have to wait for something tragic to occur to spring into action. So there it is the cure for stress, is now within our reach, and it is right next door.

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