Information breeds confidence. Silence breeds fear.
Pulling Yourself Up By Your Own Boot Straps
A person said to me, “I feel comfortable asking you this and if I’m out of line please tell me. As other ethnic groups have come to this country with only the shirts on their backs and managed to pull themselves up by their own bootstraps why can’t your people do the same?”
I looked at her, smiled and replied, “The reason why some Black people fail to pull themselves up from their own boot straps is because someone has stolen their boots.
I added, “If anyone can pull themselves up by their own bootstraps without having any boots then they’ve just preformed a miracle greater than A Miracle on 34th street, and it should be televised immediately.”
She looked me and said, “You’re so silly. If you didn’t know just say so.” I said, “If you didn’t get it then you’ve been misinformed. Your people stole everything, including our mind along with our boots.”
Education comes from out the mist of struggle. When you’re educated during a struggle you’re educated with a new reality.