Is Our Generation Leaving A Lasting Legacy?


With today being the last day of the month of February and the last day of “Black History  Month,” I decided that I wanted to designate today’s post to reflect on the current conditions of Blacks in America. This post was influenced by a conversation that I happened to have with a friend over Gchat last week and also the recent comments made by my husband , Idris Elba, and Anthony Mackie in regards to blacks in entertainment. To sum up both of their comments, Elba stated that while Tyler Perry’s films speak volumes on the power of the black moviegoer, with the power he has,  he needs to do more to elevate films (i.e. cut it out with the “buffoonish” characters) and Mackie boldly stated that black entertainers are getting too lazy/ too Hollywood to create and produce their our own work.

The conversation I had with my friend started with President Obama and then led to the current status of blacks. I was asked had I heard about Malcolm X’s daughter, Malikah Shabazz, recently being arrested for stealing and identity theft. I had heard about it, but  I started to think more about the irony of Shabazz’s arrest. Here you have the daughter of an iconic man who stood for black independence, among other things, being arrested for stealing money and identity theft. Even more ironic, her first court appearance was the day of the 46th anniversary of her father’s death. 

When I think of the Civil Rights Era, I think of a time when blacks, both “upper”, middle and lower classes alike came together for one cause. There was a sense of togetherness, community. Families were families. Blacks were owners of their own businesses, they took pride in how they looked, how they were represented. While positive roles were limited, black directors went and created an entire genre of films for black people, under their own control. When there weren’t any black publications, they went and created publishing dynasties. Once we got in positions of power, we then hired our own people and looked out for one another. When they weren’t satisfied with their conditions, they went and took action. In all, they left lasting legacies for future generations.

Fast forward 50 years later……where are we? Are we as black people really progressing? Sure, we have a black President that we elected, sure we have blacks leading in the boardrooms, but are they really passing the baton on? Are we really leaving a lasting legacy for our future? Or rather, do we have any control over our future?


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