Posted by: possumjones | January 18, 2008

Forget the Revolution!

Imma say it out loud. “Forget the revolution!” Yeah, I said it. I don’t know if the revolution is happening, and it probably won’t be televised (power of the Internet). But I am pretty confident in the fact that the revolution is something that we are waiting on.

Hmmm, “waiting on…”

It is so very difficult to wait. It takes a lot of hard work to be patience enough to wait. Patience is not a bad quality to have, is it? How about impatience? Both are fine, in balance (shout out to “dawleen“).
Both are necessary with reform. Saw something couple of weeks ago:


I was watching a comedy special with Paul Mooney and he mentioned his problem with Africans. Within the auspices of a joke, he basically said his problem with Africans is that they let us ride a boat over here and no one ever came back to get us…try that with Americans (BTW, if you haven’t seen it, see it).


I began to think about all of the things that we wait for, and figured, “will our nation, our family, someone come for us” was very likely a “real” conversation amongst slaves. Displaced kilometers from home (better get on that metric), conquered, and waiting for something to happen. Shortly thereafter I remembered that as a direct descendant of the Civil Rights Movement (interesting…movement, not revolution), we were taught to work hard to get where and what we want. No need to wait; we have struggled to get those doors opened for you. We are all familiar with “the struggle”. Wait one sec…let me make an additional declaration…and imma say it out loud:

“Struggle is not a virtue.”

Struggle definitely builds character and is a great tool for spiritual and personal discipline; however, struggle is not a rite of passage. We are teaching our children about “a” struggle or, more accurately, to struggle. With “the struggle” being so intimately involved with “the revolution”, your revolution, when is the time to learn? Moreover, when is the time to teach? Not when you strugglin’.

But, I digress.

We have so many choices; choices afforded us by the greatest teachers. Let us not underestimate our influence. The revolution has been researched, marketed, and sold for your viewing and listening pleasure. Ever think we’re holding on so tight to what we were taught about the movement that we, essentially, render ourselves insufficiently equipped to move something (bootie-shake reference, ATL). Choose to “move” and let the story of the revolution be told.

My goal, ya’ll, is to present solutions and not create more questions. Well, I’ve checked and we are up to six (6) in this blog. So here we go:

“Forget the revolution!”

We just ain’t that patient. Let the story be told.

Homework assignments to follow…

Quick shout out to Taylor and Rhett…ya’ll probably have no idea that we just had this conversation.


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