Sunday night I went to see the highly praised theatrical presentation of The Color Purple. Seeing as the play was comprised of an all Black-American cast I was surprised to see that the majority of the audience did not reflect the cast. This caused me to wonder, is there a lack of support for/unity in the Black-American community?
I ask this question because it seems as a whole we, me included, have lost the sense of community. It’s all about “me” and “mines” no longer about the “us” and the “we”. According to the U.S. Census Bureau 2008 report there are nearly 40 million Black Americans. Black Americans make up12.3 percent of the U.S. population down from 14.8 percent of the population in 2000. Black Americans became the nation’s second-largest minority group in the first decade of the 21st century. This means that we have a pretty significant presence in the U.S.
yet the response that came from us is “I don’t think he should’ve portrayed us like that.” Did you realize that this movie came from a Broadway play? Did you realize that the cast was comprised of AMAZING talent that we rarely see in "Hollywood" films? Stop focusing on the negative and appreciate the positive!
Gone are the days of marches, boycotts and demonstrations; gone are the leaders who are willing to take a stand for the greater good and not just individual agendas, gone are the days of community and self worth…NO! These things are not gone they are simply lying dormant in each and every one of us. Don’t wait for the government/someone else to change your community; YOU change it. Parents you want better education for your children? Get involved! You want better housing? Well come together and fix one home at a time. You want better jobs? Well create them! Change will not come if we don’t first change ourselves. In order to succeed you must first be willing to start. We have to be the change that we want to see. Support the businesses, people, and efforts that support you and your community! We’ve come a long way but we still have a long way to go!