Just because mama did, doesn’t mean you will.
Just because daddy didn’t, doesn’t mean you won’t.
Just because others ended up a certain way, doesn’t mean your destiny will be written the same way.
It stops and starts with you; right now!
All of the cruses, trends, behaviors, failures and downfalls stop with you now.
To our parents and community leaders I say to you this morning: “if it ain’t broke, don’t try to fix it.
There are a lot of things that are being said of our school systems. Graduation rates are at an all-time low. Violence in and out of school is alarmingly high. There are more black males in prison than there are in colleges and universities.
Students are exiting the educational system more unprepared for life that they ever have before.
But in this new day and time, I'm just wondering does character building still work?
If yes ma’am and no ma’am and yes sir and no sir are not broken, then why are we trying to fix it?
If please and thank you are not broken, then why are we attempting to fix it?
If prayer before school, in school and after school was not broken, why did we feel the need to fix it?
Inquiring about homework, attending PTA meetings and investigating your own child’s strengths, weaknesses and abilities in an effort to improve and cultivate them on the home-front; isn’t broken!
Reading to our kids and making sure that they can read is not broken!
Telling our young men to pull up there pants; look people eye to eye and speak with confidence is in no way broken.
Admonishing our young girls to conduct themselves as young ladies, to refrain from dressing in a ways that demeans and permeates disrespect and encouraging them to demand respect as well as to show self-respect has never been broken!
And for goodness sakes, taking or sending them outside the city limits, as to show them that the world is so much bigger than their home town; is still needed within our communities.
As parents and as an entire community, it is our job to take away the excuses and eradicate the generational curses that threaten to lure our children into the same traps that have plagued our communities and families for far too long.
We as a people are not broken; our children are not broken; but the links that connected us to those key principles have somehow been broken and we must find a way to connect and link ourselves back to what has always worked for us.
Today we must declare with bold voices that,
I can, even though some didn’t.
I won’t, despite the fact that you may have.
And I am destined to do what God has for me to do, even though you believe I can do no better than those who came before me!
You're the Change.