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Words of the Day: Unfairness/Challenges

Words of the Day: Unfairness/Challenges

She informed us regularly and matter-of-factly that we had to be twice as good as white children in everything we attempted in life. “That way you got half a chance of making it.”

~Bebe Moor Campbell, from Sweet Summer

Who among us has not heard this bit of wisdom?  We may hate the unfairness behind it, the prejudice that accounts for the validity, but can we ignore it?  Not if we aspire to making it.  On the other hand, “making it” implies amassing wealth and living high on the hog.  But if, in doing so, we frustrate our true impulses and fail to find fulfillment, we have not “made it” but lost it.

Racism, classism, sexism, homophobia, and ageism are challenges.  When we force ourselves to work twice as hard as others, however, the rewards are ours to enjoy.  We and future generations are the beneficiaries.  The important thing is to be working at something we find meaningful and worthwhile.

Excerpts from Black Pearls by Eric V. Copage

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Little Black Village promotes higher education, personal development, and international exposure for African American youth. Little Black Village is a dedicated to discussing and exploring ways of keeping our black youth from dropping out of high school and encouraging them in seeking higher education and living up to their fullest potential. Little Black Village is also committed to making a difference in the black community by encouraging its members to share their voices through social media outlets, lead by example by taking an active role in mentoring a black youth, connecting families to educational resources and actively taking part of community services in and out of our communities.

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  1. Do not forget to VOTE! Voting is the only thing that can make a difference collectively but still have your voice be heard individually. Leslie Jean-Pierre

    Posted by Little Black Village | November 6, 2012, 8:48 am

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