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Minority Report: Ain’t I ashamed

Benjamin Wilks, Staff Reporter

I never try to call out my own people for the fact that most in America will beat me to it 10 times out of 10, but I can’t seem to hold in my frustrations on this matter.

A convocation titled “Ain’t I a Woman” was held on Tuesday, Feb. 9 in which two African American performers came to Lakeland and put on an amazing show for what should have been a room full of students, but sadly there were only a few of us.

My message is aimed towards African American students. There was little to none of us in the auditorium. We were outnumbered by our white counterparts in support of our own during the one month that we get to be prideful of our heritage, and most of them were asleep!

Rows and seats were empty like a convocation involving the evolution of math, and I know for a fact that the history of the fearless black women who helped get women’s rights, as well as African American rights, jumpstarted is a lot more important than what the attendance of my own people would have shown.

Maybe the breed of African Americans who give a damn about their history is dying out. We have to live for the present, right? Future and Ciara’s personal problems are as important to our cause to be progressive as a race after hundreds of years of recessive and inhumane treatment of our own kind, right?

Although you can take away positives from certain situations on this day, that shouldn’t take away from the knowledge that you should know. Not knowing isn’t helping you as a black person, but it is helping oppressors who wouldn’t want us to know our history.

I know the history is rough, but it is ours, and we need to be more responsible in learning about and from it.

That’s why I’m very disappointed. I thought we were all about supporting one another on all levels. I see you dabbing for Cam Newton. I see your stalker-ish characteristics when it comes to Beyoncé and her Super Bowl performance, but when African Americans take their time to come in front of you and perform for free, and at the same time give you knowledge of self and where your strong traits come from, you’re nowhere to be found.

Be about what you post on Facebook, because being pro-black only when it’s digitized ain’t helping sh*t out here in the physical world.

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