“Our generation is focused on being free” – Barz Brown
Since our ancestors were put into captivity our number one goal was to Be Free. Through the hundreds of years of slavery, Jim Crow, and the thousands of injustices our ancestors faced the focus somehow switched from gaining freedom to assimilating. We went from for us by us, to complaining about not being recognized for Grammy’s and Oscars. When did the focus switch from caring more about the plight of our people to craving acceptance from our oppressors?
When we were growing up we were told to take certain steps to get from the slums to a deluxe apartment in the sky. We were told to not be to hood, speak proper, straighten our hair, dress more like them, always be polite, work hard and go to college. Then and only then would we reach the heights of our potential and be somebody not only recognized by our own but also the rest of the world. Well I’m here to tell you nah we good. Black Millennials have grown up in a world much different from anything else generations before us have known. We are no longer limited to the knowledge our oppressors want us to know. We now have the whole world in the palms of our hands. In that world we have discovered not only ourselves but also everyone else’s true self around us. We’ve learned that we come from greatness and that the people who try to convince us we don’t actually come from nothing. We’ve learned that everything they do is an imitation of us, from their religion to their fashion trends. We’ve learned that our ancestors were great and believed in love and sharing real wealth, not just money. We’ve reconnected to ourselves and learned that our freedom was never restored. And that, that is what we fight for. Now this doesn’t mean that we don’t care about the political and social injustices that plague us every day. We’re just great multitaskers and very deep thinkers. We’re able to see and deal with the problems in our face but also able to look around those and see the real end game. Freedom.