I think part of the problem is the blame game in the United States (and other countries), where noone wants to take responsibility for themselves. Its always someone else's fault. And this attitude is not just limited to blacks, the whites and hispanics are just as bad. People trip and fall, and sue someone else for their own clumsiness. They eat fatty foot, and sue McDonald's because they are fat. They spill their coffee, and sue because its hot and burned them! Always someone else's fault. Never their own.
Some may not like what I'm about to say, but it's true. Many blacks, especially the blacks in the ghettos, like to blame the white man for keeping them down, but the reality is, in the United States, there really is no excuse to be poor unless you are ill, mentally disabled, recently lost your job, or recently had some other crisis. I'm not saying that you can go from poor to middle class overnight, but I am saying that there are opportunities available to those who take advantage of them. With welfare, free or discounted job training, assistance getting a job, and plenty of jobs, there is no reason for an able-bodied person who wants to work to be without work. Being poor for 5 years while you dig yourself out of a hole is one thing, being poor your entire life when there are opportunities out there is another.
I know a lot of black men who are successful and who make lots of money. Many of them are very generous with their money too. They got themselves educated and they went out there and got good jobs or started good businesses. So I know it is possible. There are way too many successful black men to say its not possible.
The problem is we have become a culture that only cares about ourselves, blames others for our own actions, and never take responsibility for ourselves and others. And this is where the caring (or lack thereof) comes in. People who blame other people for their own problems, also cannot care for other people. I heard about one narrow-minded individual actually complaining about all the refugees coming to Houston from Louisiana. His complaint: they are going to take all our jobs.
Where is the compassion? Where is the love? There is none.
But interestingly enough, I think that is the real disease in the ghettos. No love. There is no love. And the people who are loving are slowly emotionally killed off by the heartless ones, until the love is gone there too.
My question is, where is the love?
Scott M. Stolz
CaribbeanChoice.com. Inc. Staff
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