Can I say this along with my Milwaukee peeps: WE GOT THIS!
This past weekend, a weekend after my Birthday, still in Sagittarius Mode with the bows and arrows up. Still in the 9th zodiac season with the centaur roaming. Still in the season in celebrating the birth of Christ.
BUT, On the real:
This past weekend, there were 250 Men, and 250 Boys. Mentors and Mentees. In Tuxedos. Going to dinner. To the Art Museum and having a positive time in town. It was the WE GOT THIS! Movement, with the 500 Black Tuxedos.
I saw in the pics of activists, men from different professions, and also those younger were treated on the town in the city of Milwaukee. This wasn’t just on the town roaming the streets, this was about a movement. The most powerful shot of the boys and men, were indeed African-American and of course it looked like this (Via The Because Of Them We Can FB Page):
Now a lot of you outside of Milwaukee had to ask, what’s this? What’s all this “We Got This” mentality in a city that it’s all segregation, high unemployment, homicide rates up near 140, and most of all what’s going to happen when the tuxedos come off, then what?
For all those chimed in about the hate of this event, you need to shut your mouths! I was on Facebook under the Because of them We Can Fan Page, (by the way for those who picked up this footage of my city with this event, THANK YOU!) And apparently there was a lot of mixed emotions about black men and black boys being in tuxes and of course being so negative about this event that many had to criticize.
For you residents outside of Milwaukee, you didn’t help squat. How come is it that when stuff like this happens for a reason of positiveness, why all the negative commentary? What is up with all the negativity about something positive about BLACK MEN and BLACK BOYS getting together for a movement and a moment like this? I know this probably came from some sheltered white folks, but also sheltered BLACK WOMEN! What is wrong with you?! And those again whom say this, are just looking at the footage, the pics and have to shoot off at the mouth about something positive for black men and boys that happened. Is there negativity about stuff like this when black women and girls do this?! Tell me I’m wrong!
I have a saying in regarding this: If you aren’t helping, you’re hurting.You are hurting with your words and commentary! You are just sitting in the corner with the tongues out and just lashing at something that YOU didn’t work for! Always bringing us down.
And it’s a shame that even in 2015 going forward to 2016 that this attitude of hate is still here. When is this going to stop?!
Black Women, and others who criticize this via Social Media, (who probably don’t live in Milwaukee) maybe you need to look in the mirror! Seriously. After reading some of your negative commentary on this Facebook page, and others pages on Social Media, maybe you need to rethink and ask what is thing is really about. And oh, I’m betting you’re the ones who had to go in on your sons like, “you just like your daddy!” speeches. Or wishing that they look like prisoners or thugs on the dang street! Other races, this means you also. Some of these dudes in the pic might be your son’s or daughter’s friend in class or that mentor that’s always asking how’s school in all. Some of the men in this pic have Alumni Connections with me though my old High School in Milwaukee and yes they have done the old HS proud by committing their time and effort for those young men who didn’t have a father figure to grow up with. And as far as these young men, I hope that this day should teach them that they have a chance to be the next in line for leadership in this country of great expectations! Black women, is that what you want for your sons? Ask my mother and father, who raised me all of my 39 years.
But I will agree with the one statement that yes, it’s going to take more than one day of 500 Tuxedos to ease the pain, segregation, high unemployment, violence, and tension in Milwaukee. That part we know. But for the antagonists who have lashed out at this: What do you got? What do you have to offer AFTER the Tuxedos have been taken off and back to renters? What do you have to offer to the BLACK MEN and BLACK BOYS of Milwaukee in terms of this Movement? What you do you have?!!!
Oh that’s right, nothing!
We will see this again, but until then: The struggle continues! Even for a day of 500 Tuxedos that is getting national attention. You other cities and states take notes. And haters, keep passing that ammunition. Just to let those know, that it’s just beginning.
So like the saying goes: WE GOT THIS!