I get excited because I know that they have no idea what this world has in store for them. Some think they do because they have watched family members and friends succeed and fail. But my excitement comes from them not realizing that the world is their oyster. And, when they realize that, it will be like rebirth all over again. Once they figure out that whatever they want to do, they absolutely can, they will be ecstatic!
I'm am so ready for them to meet people from all walks of life and backgrounds who will in some way or another influence their decisions to "do" or "not do." I'm ready for them to figure out that their path is their own and no matter what someone else's path is, it will unequivocally not be theirs! I'm ready to see the states and countries they'll live in or visit. I'm ready to see the careers they'll forge for themselves. I'm ready to see their families and communities they will build.
But I'm also concerned. The closer it gets to May, the greater my concern becomes because I don't think they are ready. I don't think many of them have the fortitude or belief in their own abilities to take life on, face-to-face, and tackle it with all they have. So far, I have seen them too caught up with looks, trends, social media, and music to know whether they fully understand that life is about to happen and how it is about to happen.
I'm disturbed because of the people they choose as role models to follow. Like Cardi B: boys say she's a freak and a bad influence on women, but girls say she's a powerful influence to women because she raps about no water in jail, brags about money and builds confidence by being brave enough to pop her p***y in church. Is she not concerned that one day, her daughter is going to grow up and see her mother's behavior and what she truly represents? Is money more important than self-respect and integrity?
Then there's Jesse Smollett. When did we not become enough? When did we become so thirsty for attention that we are willing to jeopardize the integrity of a culture, sub-culture, race, or gender to get more attention when you're already enough?
When did Black girls become so culturally conditioned that they believe they are absolutely grotesque without wigs, weaves and perms? Of course this group does not include girls who just like to switch things up sometimes and will rock their natural hair. This is for the girls who go broke getting fake hair, nails and accessories to seek the approval of their peers.
When did Latino girls and boys become so embarrassed by their heritage that they reject their native languages and customs in order to be American enough, even those who were born here.
When did Black boys become so lost that they believe selling drugs, making music and playing ball is the only option they're qualified to achieve? Not that the last two options are bad options, but do they know that there's more and they are worthy of those options?
But either way, May is coming. Fast. And I just cannot stop wondering, will they know they are enough?
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