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The 12 Things the Negro Must Do For Himself (Part II)

Picking up from where I left off…

7. The Negro Must Stop Charging His Failures Up to His “Color” and to White People’s attitude.

My failures-and successes-are the direct result of my actions, and those actions alone. I know that now. Interestingly enough, when I was in seventh grade, I read Malcolm X’s autobiography…and my friends will recall that my next few years were spent ranting about “the man.” What changed my thought process? When I was working towards my surface warfare qualification in the Navy, I took the written test (first step in the process) five times and failed it four…the last time by one question. Did I blame the petty officer-who was white-for my failing the test? No…I went back, studied some more and had my qualification a week later.

8. The Negro Must Overcome His Bad Job Habits.

When I was in DC, I attended every protest, rally, and event I could…usually at the expense of being at my actual job (I volunteered for McCain so much when I was at the VA my boss thought I was on his staff). In hindsight, definitely not the best professional move. A change of profession’s fixed that, but it’s definitely a lesson learned.

9. He Must Improve His Conduct in Public Places.

I cussed like a sailor, sure; I was one. Didn’t do much for dating prospects when I was on my way back to the civilian world, and definitely didn’t fit in with the professionalism of DC-at least not where I worked (where I lived, though, is a different story). Besides, my son is too prone to repeating what I say and doing what I do; at some point, it’s easier for me to just stop my bad habits rather than constantly punishing him for wanting to be like Dad.

10. The Negro must learn How to Operate Business for People- Not for Negro People, Only.

A black Republican working as a political consultant isn’t going to find a lot of business in his community (that, though is changing). With that, I have to be able to market myself to any group that I want to work with. I probably represent a perceived inverse of this-I have a business for people, but not necessarily for African Americans (and the “fors” mean two different things).

11. The Average So-Called Educated Negro Will Have to Come Down out of The Air. He Is Too Inflated Over Nothing. He Needs an Experience Similar to the One That Ezekiel had-(Ezekiel 3:14-19). And He Must Do What Ezekiel Did.

No matter where life takes me, how many degrees I end up with, or if I ever am elected to office (yes, I’m open to trying again), at the forefront of my mind is the fact that I am a guardian of and for my community. So when I’m speaking about things conservative to them, it’s because I’m looking at a problem that, immediately or ultimately, is going to make their lives more difficult. It would be, in my mind, morally wrong of me stand by and do nothing, knowing that I could’ve at least spoken up in warning. Conversely, I’m not going to let just anyone come into the black community without an understanding of (or unwillingness to understand) what goes on there (as I fear is about to happen). There’s too many connections I still have, too many people I know and love still there for me to allow them to be trampled on, disrespected, or disregarded.

12. The Negro Must Stop Forgetting His Friends.

Some people view me as a means to an end, or to accomplish a limited goal. Others view me as-at best-misguided. I’ve got friends on all sides-white, black; liberal, conservative, socialist; Christian, Muslim, atheist. The ones that I truly call “friends” are those who, in spite of where we may differ, I still want to seek out whenever I’m near them. For me, there’s few differences so severe that would cause me to want to cut someone off completely. I view everyone as an opportunity to learn something new, or gain an insight that I didn’t have before. This is a  problem that I have with some black conservatives/Republicans; wrapped up in our conservatism, they’ve long forgotten where they’ve come from, and the people who have helped them along the way.

So that’s where I stand. Proof that I’m not infallible, but a good acknowledgement of shortcomings and a willingness to work on them is never a bad thing.

HB2DF, Coby


Written by Coby Dillard

April 28, 2010 at 12:00 pm

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  1. Whatever our color, These are 12 things all men need to work diligently towards doing. Thanks.

    Dana Larkin

    April 28, 2010 at 1:45 pm

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