Martin Luther King Jr had a dream, giving hope to African-Americans. He was the first African-American to be “Time” magazine’s ‘Man of the Year’ and also won the Nobel Peace Prize, honors that are given to people who have certainly made an impact, while Rosa Parks, the Civil Rights icon refused to give up her seat on a city bus in Montgomery. Both Martin Luther King Jr and Rosa Parks have made things easy and better for the Black man today.
The sacrifice of these two great people in the history of African-Americans, is what should inspire every black man. Unfortunately, there are many African-Americans, irresponsible behavior, actions and comments are total disgrace to the Black man. When one works hard and is blessed with money, that shouldn’t permit the person to behave like a moron, because when one black does something stupid, it affects all black people.
Couple of years ago, a hip-hop artist, Bryan Birdman, aka Baby Williams, made headlines like other hip-hop artists. According to Forbes Magazine, “He tries to wear $I million worth of orthodontics and jewel every day. Finally, he said he will bet $I0 million on Floyd Mayweather, whenever he fights Manny Pacquiao. One of the YouTube videos of Birdman, shows him advertising his wealth in dollars. He claims he has stacked money on the floor, everywhere and he walks on it. It’s embarrassing as I tried to figure out, why do people do that, are they looking for recognition or status?
Floyd Mayweather is one of the respected boxers in America. He has achieved what many boxers couldn’t and at the moment is considered to be one of the highest paid men in sports. But his pride has pushed him to do what many African-Americans have done to lose their respect. Recently Mayweather posted a picture of him sitting behind stacked money on bed.
I don’t know what comes into the mind of these people to do things like that, because such things do not give any respect but rather portray the Black man as stupid and moron. Everyone knows that you are rich, so what’s the need to send a picture behind thousands of dollars to the social media? Is that the way to get more fame or popularity?
African-Americans that behave in this way should put an end to it, because it undermines the intelligence of the Black man. If they really want to be famous, then they should follow my advice. Both Birdman and Mayweather should join a flight to Africa, Ghana. In Accra, they should board the bus heading to Cape Coast, in the Central Region of Ghana. Few kilometers to Cape Coast, they will see many villages along the road. They should stop and walk to any of those villages.
They will see the children of their ancestors, (because Cape Coast is where a lot of African-Americans were taken from) sitting under mango trees and roofless classrooms studying. They should try to provide them a place to learn, to escape the heat of the sun and the heavy thunderous rains, since they are so rich and don’t know what to do with their money. After doing all these they must return to America and see how the people and others from different parts of the world would say about them and be respected.
Many people worldwide, happy or satisfied about whatever they have achieved in life, wished to be thankful by celebrating birthdays. Many spend thousands of dollars, including celebrities, to celebrate birthdays in grand style, giving expensive gifts, including cars to their loved ones.
I may be lost in this world, even though I’m part of this generation, because every year, I forget my birthday. Either my son or wife comes to ask me “Do you know that today is your birthday?” Before checking the calendar to remember that I was born 19th of January. This may sound stupid, but it’s true, because I don’t value birthday.
As a father, the rapid decaying of the society, terrorism, immorality, the decline of Christian activities, the influence of negative activities and the encouraging of all bad things by head of churches and world leaders are my concern, the reason every year, I forget my birthday. I may die today and be gone tomorrow, but what about the life of our children?
Many African children born or raised in Europe are bold to tell parents that there is no God, when in Africa; your child can’t tell you such nonsense. Who are they following and what is influencing them? When I make up in the morning, after asking for God’s protection, I ask God to protect my three sons and lead them to marry women when they grow, because I don’t want to die of shock.
As a writer, my passion lies in writing and reading. Sometimes I forget that the whole day I haven’t eaten. Like every writer my ambition is to create something different in the world of literature, thus; what’s the significance of birthday celebration when I can’t even remember the day I was born?
I don’t think I will ever celebrate my birthday, because it a normal day for me, above all I think children deserve birthday not adults. During birthday parties across the world, plenty of food are thrown into the trash, yet the poor are starving, while thousands go to bed without food.
Not at all, birthday celebration is not part of, but I will be very glad, when my social media friends remind me when it’s my birthday. That’s genuine love, because I love them too.