A couple of things have been on my mind lately, the first is technology.
In this age and time, it isn't uncommon to be introduced to new
technology every day. Life is changing fast and so is technology. I think I've lost track. The internet, iPhones, iPods, touch screens, flat
screens, GPS, etc. Where does it end? What if it
doesn't? I doubt it will, but is that good or bad? It wasn't so long ago when people feared that technology would
take over the jobs and duties of humans and be a lot more efficient.
I'm wondering, what's next? What's it going to be like for my children
and their children? It's an interesting concept, that soon I will be an
elder reminiscing on "back in the day" and how we had to drive 10 miles to work
and use MacBooks and iPhones instead of...what? Where is it going?
Where are we going? Here's an idea, lemme know what you think.
I've been doing Black History Month shows in high schools this
month, giving the youth information about how urban music started and what
black people have been through in the past and accomplished.
Yesterday my colleagues were educating a class about lynching and slavery, and
they played Billie Holiday's "Strange Fruit." I teared up during the song because I'm
emotional lately--OK, I always am--but especially lately
because of what's going on in Gaza and so on. And this kid behind me
laughed! He laughed. This young black man laughed. I wondered if this was
this young man's defense mechanism? Was he too young to understand? Was he
scared? His teacher told him to stop laughing as it was not funny, and
it just left me thinking about him and the youth these days. What will it take
to help these youth, whose realities are simpler than those of the past
and who may take what they have for granted?
The young women and men don't understand that what they do
today affects their future. They don't understand that they are the future. They are
being brainwashed by the media with shallow ideas about what life is
really about. I wish somebody told me about priorities when I was
younger. Please do your part to educate and be strong mentors for the
youth in our lives who may be watching. Because if today is any reflection of tomorrow, then we're in trouble.