It's sad that it seems almost pointless to speak candidly, preach or pontificate about anything of significance these days, because no one is listening. Initially, one of my concerns about the whole rap/hip-hop thing was, everybody is talking and everybody has something to say, but nobody is listening or looking beyond themselves. The only thing being listened to and looked at is the dollar.
It's puzzling to me that courtesy the Zimmerman trial, everybody is talking about race problems, but not about the ingredients in the complication. Blacks and whites are screaming "injustice" and now everyone is talking about the Stand Your Ground Laws. I'm not saying that these things are unimportant, but in my eyes, all of this is avoiding the real issue.
Yes, racism as we know it, is going to be hanging around for too many years to come. But today, triggered by this trial, we're dealing with something that's a little different. Racism vs. "Hey, I'm not blind." It's one thing to hate someone because of their color, it's another thing to be afraid, to be cautious of a 'people' because of the same reasons that that race is afraid, cautious and concerned of it's own.
No one should pull a trigger on anyone, but chaos breeds more chaos and fear. What are folks to do? Pretend they don't read and watch news reports? Yes, profiling is wrong, but black or white, would you feel comfortable walking in a black neighborhood at night? Why not? If you're approached by someone wearing a hoodie, would you say "hey nice color, where'd you get that?" You wouldn't be afraid, right? Not everyone wearing a hoodie is a thug. There are many exceptions, but not enough. The exceptions are not the problem.
So here we are. Post Zimmerman trial. How's life in the inner city, better? Is life back to normal? Has there been any murders? Has only one life been taken? How old? How young? Were whites involved? Drugs? Guns? Will Jessie Jackson and Al Sharpton disappear until the next tragedy that makes the headlines?
I don't know what it will take for something or someone, what used to be called a leader, to speak out about what's really going on and the cause and effect of a our civil problems.
On the subject of personal and or societal growth, some of the more profound questions one could be asked might be :
"What are you contributing to your inability to succeed?"
"What are you contributing to your problems?"