By Patricia Moloney Dugas, Freelance Writer
AM I MISSING SOMETHING HERE? San Francisco QB Colin Kaepernick, at a pre-season football game, defiantly sat down during the playing of the National Anthem instead of standing at attention, with his hand over his heart, honoring the American flag, the military, and the U.S. of A. Was it his intention to blame all America for the abuses happening in the Black and minority communities?
ARE THEY MISSING SOMETHING HERE? Is this growing national protest supposed to make America feel more kindly toward Black issues? Will the non-racial Americans be pleased to be called racists? Is Kaepernick’s message all the more damaging when the only solution to all of this lies elsewhere?
WHAT I AM NOT MISSING: No amount of sporting protests will fix this.
There is only one solution to all minorities left behind. Not racist backlash. Only education. Super education! Technical & Trade Education. Sociological Education! In damaged public schools? Long before this. It is imperative the parent/s, relatives, grandparents, aunties, neighbors, the church community, whoever is raising these babies must teach them to count their fingers and toes. This is math. Learning letters — if no books, teach them the letters on the cereal box. Make words for the very, very young. Teach them to read long before they go to bad schools. Enliven their curiosity. Read books about the incredible planet, universe, science, and the wonders outside their world. Make literature and science come alive. Again, teach the very, very young to hunger for more learning – because it is their only ticket out of poverty.
Don’t tell them they are deprived and the hated government doesn’t care about them; instill in each little mind a desire to read and learn as a doorway to success in a career and prosperity. It is the responsibility of all in their own community.
THE GOVERNMENT CANNOT FIX THESE WRONGS: Absentee fathers, single-parent and broken homes, abuse, alcohol, drugs, gangs, guns, and crime – brother against brother. These communities themselves must decide this is where the problem lies and have the courage to come together, enliven the male community, police their own schools, neighborhoods, and each other. Tell the government what they need for schools. Badger local organizations and businesses, state & local school systems, enlist the help of pastors and priests, demand good education because it is the only way to heal these cities and reverse the atmosphere of despair.
Develop neighborhood pre-school learning centers, not baby-sitters, but using aspiring teacher students, church people, retirees, the elderly to help. Teaching art, reading, math, and social skills to two & three year olds is possible!
THOSE WHO RAISE THEIR FIST IN ANGER – should go into the black community and tell their young men, often fatherless themselves, there is a better way. Revitalize the image of black males. Bring the Black community into mainstream America.
Major Black athletes and leaders could make such a difference if only they would wake up and take responsibility by helping to make this happen. Schools and involved communities is the only road.
Instead of demonstrations that only turn off the public you are attempting to blame, enlist the help of the white community to show your sincerity in changing the core of your neighborhoods instead of blaming them for the plight of these desperate cities. Share photographs of the existing conditions. Shame the Federal and State governments, community leaders, and the arrogant media. You can make it happen.
Patricia Moloney Dugas, Freelance Writer
www.TheSocietalTamperer.com and my Twitter @artrician