Lost culture, lost opportunities, lost hope.

Screen-Shot-2014-11-19-at-9.11.29-AMMarvin Hardy,
Ferguson, MO.

Born in and raised in Saint Louis, it’s amazing how much an African-American male has to give to make a success of himself. From a early age in the 80’s, I was told never to travel alone south of Interstate 64. This was the barrier that separated predominantly poor AA’s from the north, from the Caucasian population to south. Amazingly, life here has still not changed. While the Mike Brown shooting has been and remains a catalyst for socio-economic and racial plights, Ferguson and greater st. Louis (the world) have really never changed. I cannot blame White America, many of whom had nothing to do with Slavery and institutional racism. However, the system is made to excluded my ethnic origin. We are the only group within the History Of America that never was accepted or culturally assimilation into society. As a AA male within St. Louis I have been singled out by authorities in every way imaginable. The answer is not simple, however, with access to education, careers (not jobs), a living wage (not minimum wage) society can start to move toward hope.

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  • barry irving

    …THE KEY IS TO KEEP YOUR CULTURE SACRED AND EITHER LEARN TO LIVE FROM IT AS A VOCATION OR GET INVOLVED IN A TRADE OT PROFESSION THAT WILL FINANCE YOUR VISION.

    …No jail or continued involvement in the penal system. You don’t have to be rich, but save your money, don’t indulge drugs and alcohol too much or at all. Keep your job if it makes you happy and also look at what you need to make monthly. Get side employment while you are young or get trained in something that you can do well and THAT YOU LOVE!

    …keep friends and family close…evaluate the negative relationships that you may have and move on from them…TAKE CARE OF #1 BEFORE YOU TRY TO PROVIDE FOR SOMEONE ELSE…The Rock needs to be solid.

    …You will be surprised hown much you lose when you are caught up in the home town life and what your spirit needs is to fly. See the country…in the very least, you will be reenergized when you have to come back home. Don’t be afraid to navigate the waters are deep and wide…BTW…blame is not the thing to do too much of., but White people are to blame for some of your issues…their history indoctrinates their brain just as it does an person of color…it leaves them unable to see clearly. There fore they cannot be just in many ways because they have this perception that strips them of sympathy, empathy and compassion. This country was founded on slavery, classicism and sexism. 18 of America’s first Presidents were Slavers including George Washington who had 800. 12 Presidents were Slavers while in office. That is a telling root when it comes to exactly “who” really carries Racism in America!

  • Truth seeker

    It all starts with good parenting and education. Good luck to you sir!

 

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