There is this reoccurring theme in world history of people taking things from Black people when they want to: land, possessions, life, freedom, etc.
Many of us have some of the most amazing dreams, desires, and imaginations about our future. Our pursuit normally stops right there, though. Entrepreneur and best selling author Tony Robbins says, “the minute you start focusing on something, you have to give it a meaning. Entering 2017, I adopted this philosophy and action of making sure that I would not leave this earth without fully maximizing my potential. I got tired of suppressing who I really wanted to be and what I was truly capable of doing. At that point the #LeaveNoPotentialOnTheTable life was born. The entire philosophy is literally an exercise of reverse suppression.
Growing up I hated canned goods, no matter how affordable my mom told me they were, or how convenient they were for producing lunch and dinner for me and my sister. I can still remember our cabinets being lined with Chef Boyardee, canned corn, string beans, beans, potatoes…you get it, right. When I think about this world and the people that dwell in it, I can’t help but think of the assortment of potential that exists in each of them. Just like my kitchen cabinets growing up, the world is filled with an assortment of cans (people), that possess something of substance. Some of us are sealed/full Cans, some of us are half open/full Cans, some of us are open/full Cans, some of us are half full/empty Cans and some of us are open/empty Cans. Each of us has a vast amount of gifts, skills, abilities, dreams and imaginations in us, but left dormant, un tapped, or not fully maximized—is potential left on the table.
Which Can Are You?
1.) Sealed & Full Can: the individual that never started.
2.) Half Open & Full Can: the individual that sees the work ahead and would rather preserve.
3.) Open & Full Can: the individual that started and fear kicked in.
4.) Open & Half Empty/Full Can: the individual that always starts and stops.
5.) Open & Empty Can: the individual that starts and never stops.
We aren’t really cans, duh–were are earthen vessels though! Filled with hope, possibility, & love—our number one responsibility while we occupy this earth is to make sure we leave no potential on the table. As you can see the mission or the bullseye is to be an open & empty can. Now, how do we do that?!
Write & Watch. Talk & Take.
- Write down your gifts, skills, abilities, dreams, and imagination
- Talk about your gifts, skills, abilities, dreams, and imagination (not to everyone)
- Take action in the direction of your gifts, skills, abilities, dreams, and imagination
- Watch the universe work on your behalf and respond accordingly
Anyone remember the payphone, Blockbuster Video or the Walkman. Before these cultural staples left us and left culture–did you spend anytime debating if these things were good or bad? Did you spend anytime debating if you needed them anymore? That’s exactly how this Now/Next Generation feels about the Police—they don’t sit at home or at the bar debating if Police are needed—they firmly believe that we don’t need the POLICE anymore. Now, I think they are wrong: but every Freddie Gray, Rekia Boyd, Philando Castillo and countless others reaffirms their belief that they are correct.
This generation has no concept of “Officer Friendly” or “Crime Dog McGruff…all they know is F**k 12 and Defund Police and Invest in Education. Which ultimately leads us to the reality of legitimacy. America’s policing history with regard to Black people has been one of extraction. A history of taking something from Black people (life, freedom, things)—therefore the community doesn’t believe that police honor the words they took, by oath to serve and protect Black people. Police on the other hand, have traditionally seen Black, Brown and poor people as threats, savages, etc, who are therefore not worth of civilized treatment. Neither side sees the value in each other and it creates legitimacy issues, which creates a stalemate. If we want to end this stalemate between “Black Lives” and “Blue Lives” and which of their lives matter most, we have to first acknowledge the legitimacy issues that each group has with one another.
Next week I will highlight the cost of getting community policing wrong.
I can’t imagine any company having a target market for African Americans (18-28) in the city of Chicago these days. As a matter of fact, AARP (American Association of Retired Persons) should cancel all future marketing promotions. Black people here are not living to the 50-year-old age they have established for membership. In 2016 in Chicago 762 people were killed. Roughly 90% of the people were BLACK and 75% were MEN. You will continue to hear about the scoreboard statistics of the homicides and shootings in Chicago on the news. They won’t EVER make the connection between one of the deadliest inner cities in the country and apparently the dumbest classrooms in Chicago, though… see, barely 1 out of 4 children (primarily black & brown) were reading at grade level in 2016.
If I didn’t learn to read, I would probably be living a life of crime and violence too, maybe I’m crazy but education should be a violence prevention option.
Terence Crutcher surrendered. He made a decision to stop fighting. Officer Shelby tazed and shot him, still. The broken down car wasn’t Terence Crutcher’s problem, not complying wasn’t his problem….being black was his problem. Being black is a problem in America, especially if you are black. Until the solution of being black in America is solved by not simply exterminating black people—poisoning our water (Flint), poisoning our bodies (Syphills Study/Alabama), poisoning our minds (Mind altering medications for an “increased” number of black boys with ADHD) nothing will ever change here. My name is Tim Jones and I am a black man—America, please stop hunting my black body. #BlackLivesMatter #WhiteLivesMatterMost
There is this misnomer that the pinnacle of the political process is Election Day. While Election Day is important; organizing, vote empowerment/education & most importantly candidate selection is where voters truly flex their power. Throughout time the PEOPLE have always been greater than the power, but power is rarely surrendered–it has to be taken away!! Aren’t you tired of saying “I’m forced to vote for the lesser of two evils”?! Let’s organize, let’s create our own slate for EVERY election–candidates fully vetted, financed and supported by the PEOPLE.
True blue Americans, White and Black (go figure) were screaming “show some respect” to Colin Kaepernick when he decided NOT to stand during the National Anthem last year. I have to imagine “show some respect” is what Mamie Till-Mobley was screaming in 1955, after Roy Bryant and J.W. Milam were acquitted for the murder of her 14-year- old son (Emmett Till). Emmett Till was killed for “acting inappropriately” with a white woman (I wonder how many white women do inappropriate things to get Colin Kaepernick’s attention today). I have to imagine “show some respect” is what Sean Bell’s fiancé was screaming to Judge Arthur Cooperman who acquitted the 3 detectives who shot & killed her groom and his two friends a total of 50 times in 2006. The judge said the detectives made a “fair and just decision.” I have to imagine show respect is what the residents of Flint, Michigan are STILL screaming to Governor Snyder.
“Show some respect is what one of the oldest heritages/people groups in America has been screaming since 1619. Colin Kaepernick is brave and has my full support and love. Big shout out to Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf who was woke about this particular issue in 1996.
Cc: Nivea, Pepsi, Shea Moisture
Subject: Why Nineva, Pepsi, and Shea Moisture Fails Will Happen Again and Again and Again…
The decisions makers for the fails are predominately white.
The executive leadership team that holds the decisions makers accountable are predominately white.
The Board that oversees the executive leadership team accountable is predominately white.
The world is 4/5 Black or Brown and the decision makers across every industry are predominately white…a lack of diverse voice leads to perverse messages.
Once a company has maximized profits on the BACKS of Blacks as their base/consumers…they don’t care about offending them or omitting them