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(Originally posted in The AfroBlog at http://afrodaddy.com)

The following is a true story.

During the first day of her work at her new job an elderly black woman had the pleasure and misfortune of meeting a young, upstart African American man seeming to be hell bent on causing trouble. She avoided the young man and continued on with her work of the day. The second day of work came and she saw a large crowd and in the center was the same young black man, this time talking loudly to another young black man. It was clear that the two men were about to fight and the crowd quickly dispersed not wanting to get shot or injured in the melee. One gentleman from the crowd grabbed one of the black men and pulled him to the side. The elderly black woman grabbed the other black man and began to plead with him.

Holding him gently by the shoulder "Let me speak to you honey" she said. As the young man continued to cuss and protest, "let me speak to you child" she said again calmly. The young man finally calmed down and the woman spoke to him. "Do you know how much you're needed?" "Do you know how much you mean to us?" "Do you know that hundreds of years of struggle have been for you, for you?" "Please baby, take a minute. Don't lose your life over this." She put her arms around the young man and he began to cry. Not letting the others see, the woman turned the man away from the crowd and walked him away as the young man wept openly and uncontrollably. She continued to talk to him sweetly, using her hands to dry the tears from his cheeks. The elderly woman may have saved the young man's life that day and for that he was eternally grateful to her, eventually writing a book of poetry and naming an album after one of her poems "Still I Rise".

This incident took place in Oakland, CA in 1993 during the filming of the movie Poetic Justice. The elderly woman in the story was Maya Angelou. The young man she saved was Tupac Shakur.

The senseless beating, brutalizing and killing of each other in the streets disrespects the efforts of our forefathers, destroys our communities of today and jeopardizes our future. Each one of us is the dream of a slave who fought, bled, cried and died to one day see us free. Remember and honor our past and realize your self-worth. Black man, you have more to offer than you know. We will never find out your true potential if you are killed in the street before your prime.
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Excellent post!
Example of a caring elder preventing another senseless act of violence by two brothers! This is the type of leadership that should be commended and recognized throughout our community!
Tuesday, June 14th 2011 at 9:41PM
Hello to All,

The article is a sad sob tragic storie that would continue indefinitely until Black Americans become a sovereign people on a fertile portion of this continent that we could call our very own country with borders to worship God, pursue life, liberty, happiness and prosperity in our own way.

Similarly, the children of Israel had this problem as well. Moses broke up a fight between two Israelites. Israelite on Israelite crimes came to us stop when Moses was anointed and led the children of Israel out of Egypt.

Black America's only permanent solution is that we must desire to become a sovereign people in our own country.

So, let us stop the whining, complaining and put these sad and tragic stories down for a better life of sovereignty in our own country.

Am I making any sense?

What say any of you?

Wednesday, June 15th 2011 at 1:47AM
Harry Watley
Sad and tragic Harry? No, it is a story of one small victory, and a great example to keep before us.
Wednesday, June 15th 2011 at 8:28AM
Steve Williams
Hello Steve,

Since you are Caucasian and it is White American Caucasian people that has Black Americans finally subjugated and suppressed it is only natural that you would see this story as a victory.

Steve, don't kid yourself, when Blacks talks amongst ourselves we talk about our ancestors and our present conditions. Blacks do not see things as you do. I am Black and I hear our talks everywhere I go and just of the talks are that Black Americans are crying out to God for a change. So, don't fool yourself.

You can not speak for Black Americans since you are not a Black American and even if Black Americans did not presently have a genuine prophet.

I was not anointed to lead you out of bondage. I was anointed to lead Black Americans out of bondage.

The story of this blog is sad and tragic and not a victory. Stories like this will continue indefinitely if Black Americans stay a subjugated people to White Americans.
The only permanent solution is that Black Americans must become a sovereign people on a reasonable and fertile portion of this continent that we could call our very own country with borders.

Okay.

Wednesday, June 15th 2011 at 3:21PM
Harry Watley
Simple and plain - brothers need to stop killing each other and put more effort into striving for their full potential.

@Harry You are alright, but can you give a brother just 1 comment without the "black people going to their own island?" I know it is your thing but it is clearly not the answer to all of our problems
Wednesday, June 15th 2011 at 6:50PM
Hello Mr. Darrel,

I say that sovereignty on a fertile and reasonable portion of this continent that we could call our very own country with borders is not permanent solution to all of our problems.

You said that my concept of sovereignty is not the permanent solution to all our problems.

Well Mr. Darrel, assuming that I am wrong and you are right then please tell me what is Black America's permanent solution to all our problems?

You are quick to criticize what I say as a solution but you have not put forth a solution of your own. Do you not think that something is wrong with that picture?
So, please take some time out from criticizing me and say what you think is the permanent solution to all our problems is, okay.

What say you?

Wednesday, June 15th 2011 at 9:01PM
Harry Watley
@Harry The problems in America are not with our laws and the structure, they are with the IMPLEMENTATION of those laws and government structure. People with power and influence have co-opted the system hording wealth and subjugating the masses. The destruction of the middle class and the alienation of the poor is the result of excessive greed and corruption. It just so happens that in this country White Americans have had the power and thus many White Americans are the perpretrators of the injustices over white, black and brown who are not in the elite. Fighting to have your own country within America does NOTHING to eliminate the above-stated problem as you will still have to trade, do commerce, socially interact with "the mainland". If you do not your new "country" will die quickly as this is a global economy and your nearest trading partner is the richest country in the world.

The real solution is to attack the corruption and the monopolies and redistribute the power more equitably among the rich, poor and middle class. To state it another way, distribute the wealth more equitably between white black and brown. This does not have to be done through socialistic strategy but rather through the gaining of power by blacks and others through the capitalistic systems and the government structures that are currently in place.
Thursday, June 16th 2011 at 2:09PM
(and you kow me so here goes)...

I BELIEVE THE MORAL OF THIS STORY IS THIS YOUTH WAS A VALUE TO MANKIND DISPITE MORE AND MORE IN OUR BLACK COMMUNITY ARE BEGINNING TO AGREE WITH THE BLACK MALE RAISED BY THE FEMALE ALONE AND ESPECIALLY OF TAHT FEMALE BEING ONE OF THE MEMBERS OF THE ORIGINAL BLACK PANTHERS IS WORTH HAVING THE MORAL AND CIVIL RIGHTS TO A LONG LIFE...

BECAUSE, HE IS OF VALUE DISPITE THE TEACINGS / REAL LIFE SAYING SOMETHING TOTALLY DIFFERENT. (SMILE)
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