OP-ED: Christmas Wish List for Black America


During this wonderful Christmas season, I would like to offer my Christmas wish list for Black America.

Love – my first wish.

It is so easy to become so commonly acquainted with the word love that we forget the depth of the meaning. I wish that as Black Americans we would find a new love for each other that would drastically reduce the rates of Black on Black crime.

I wish for a renewed love in families and community that would change the statistics of unwed parentage and reduce child abuse. It is easy to call each other brother and sister but we must also treat each other as such.

“For there are three things that endure. Faith, Hope and Love, but the greatest of these is Love.” ~ 1 Corinthians 13:13.

Hope – my second wish.

Desmond Tutu said, “Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness.”

It has been coined that hope is neither a plan nor a strategy, but I say without hope all plans and strategies will fail. The media too often showcases the Black community as a one in despair and neglect. Our very survival depends on our ability to replace the hopelessness with hope.

Peace – my third wish.

For Black America, 2014 will go down as one of the least peaceful years in decades. In response to the murders of Michael Brown and Eric Garner, rioting went from Ferguson to New York and other cities, and protestors were shouting, “No Justice, No Peace.”

We as Black Americans must acknowledge the reality that the proverbial saying should be changed to, “No Peace, No Justice.” Negotiations are never done in the midst of chaos but rather in the absence of chaos. As long as there is rioting, violence and destruction, no real change will ever take place. And change is very much needed in today’s Black communities.

Joy – my fourth wish.

Joy is not the absence of pain and suffering. Joy is the recognition that you will not fail, that God is on your side and a reminder that the hurt and pain will eventually end.

“When you wish someone joy, you wish them peace, love, prosperity, happiness … all the good things.” ~ Maya Angelou.

I wish for Black America what I wish for all America -a very Merry Christmas!


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