In light of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, I got to thinking about how much things have changed since he was alive and even since I was growing up. While growing up in the late 80’s and early 90’s we were still somewhat fresh off the Black Power movement and about a couple decades removed from the Civil Rights era. Even though I spent a good amount of my childhood years growing up in the crack and drive by shooting era, we still had a lot of positive black role models to look up to such as the Huxtables and the Banks.
Nowadays there is not much for this generation to model their lives after except rappers that boast about slangin crack and ratchet reality tv stars. Sure you could go outside the culture to find phenomenal people to be influenced by, but why should we have to look to other races for inspiration?
I’m not one to knock anybody’s hustle, but people should see the different sides of black culture besides the negative ones perpetuated by mass media. There are a lot of black men and women out there doing the damn thing today, right now, but, it’s like searching for Waldo in a pile of ratchetness when trying to find out about them.
Even though movies such as Boyz N The Hood, New Jack City and Menace To Society showed us in a less than positive light, they still taught powerful lessons. Now all we have is Madea and mindless comedies that are soon forgotten. So, it doesn’t surprise me that the kids of today have no respect, morals or goals. Twerking and ratchet music have their place but there should be a balance. At least when I was growing up the music made sense and taught you something, even if that something was only how to survive in the streets.
Nowadays it’s like nobody is proud of being black anymore and I don’t blame them. The only good thing we have going right now is Oprah and Obama. It seems like every since Flavor of Love and YouTube rolled around, black culture has taken a nose dive. I don’t know if it’s because they gave niggas cameras to spread their fuckery across the land or because people will do anything for attention. But, I’m disillusioned by it all.