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Ok, No One is Going to Feel Sorry for You About Racism.

July 30, 2012 by  
Filed under Education, News, Opinion, Weekly Columns

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( This is a note to parents, adults and anyone who cares anything about the future of the black community:  We’ve got to teach our kids how to get out there and hustle.  What I mean is that in this world, racism is going to always be an obstacle, but it can’t slow you down if you are a determined human being.  Also, we live in a dog-eat-dog world, where people are not going to feel sorry for you when you don’t get what you want.

Most of us endure various forms of discrimination in the workplace.  We deal with people who don’t want to see us succeed and who are unwilling to give us opportunities.  But the fact is that we must still encourage ourselves and one another to push our kids to be the best that they can be.   If you are strong, focused and know how to go out there and get your own, then you don’t have to wait, hope and pray that someone else gives you an opportunity.  Real opportunities MUST BE TAKEN.

So, the point is simple:  Laziness should have no place in your household.  I  recommend that you let your kids know that people who don’t work do not deserve the benefits of hard work.  The same energy we put into exceling at basketball and football in the Pee Wee Leagues must translate into an equally ambitious desire to excel in Math, Science and all educational endeavors.  The same way that little Indian or Asian kid wins the national spelling bee because his parents had him learning three languages by the age of five, we should also be pushing our kids in an equally fanatical way.

To the victors go the spoils, and we must train our kids to be eerily competitive.

The video below makes my point:

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Staff Writer; Dr. Boyce Watkins
Dr. Boyce Watkins is the founder of the Your Black World Coalition. For more information, please visit


2 Responses to “Ok, No One is Going to Feel Sorry for You About Racism.”
  1. I trully don’t understand, that if we know about all these obstacles mentioned above and below, in our way to being successful in this country, why we continue to rely on these same people for our livelyhood. We are a nation within a nation and all our resources, phycally, mentally and even spiritually, are to the benefit of the same people who enslaved our ancestors. We are not Americans. At least we’re not treated like Americans, with the full benefits that most whites receive. Yet they still benefit from our mental and physical labor. There’s something wrong with this picture. We must start to do for ourselves if we are to ever survive as a community. This is not progress in my opinion, we are going backwards as a community, and the proof of this is the lack of unity within our community. Just because half of our community is doing well or maybe not since the financial debacle, means we made it. As long as we continue to rely on others for our financial and mental happiness, we will always be in this situation and worse.

    Black Unity means Financial Independence and Happiness

  2. Steph says:

    I strongly agree with this article. Oprah and Condoleezza Rice learned to read at the age of 3 and look where they are now! I learned how to read since the age of 5 and I finished high school at 16. I could have even finished at 15 if my parents agreed to make me skip another grade. I studied law. As a Black woman I encountered psychological violence and discrimination to prevent me to finish my law degree. I have to admit that I was very upset with the older people in the Black community who didn’t prepare me for this kind of hatred and didn’t give me the tools to fight back. I had to figure things out by myself. To break this cycle of silence, I shared my experience with younger so-called colored people.

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