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Monday, August 3, 2009

Out of the Mouths of Babes!!!

This morning I work up and was catching up on facebook...it has been a long week. One of my friends posted this link that really blessed me.



I hope you took the time to watch the whole video. For me it was confirmation on several things that I had been stating. My last blog was entitled Self Discipline. This was also accompanied by a thought I felt "just because you scream your point, it does not make it right." A lot of arguments and things you see on television I do not agree with. Just because you have a degree and have a loud voice and you can articulate your point (sometimes loudly) does not make you right...

I digress, sorry. It is early in the morning. I posted the video for two main reasons.

First...this boy is only 10 years old and he has researched and articulated a very good argument that a lot of grown people choose to ignore. I read a book a while ago by Randall Kennedy entitled Nigger. It talks about the history of the word, the meaning of the word, and use of the word. It does not give an argument for or against the use of it, but after I read the book it reinforced why I choose not to use this word and the video above reaffirmed my decision yet again. One of my friends said it best, is your vocabulary that limited that you have to use the word? As for the argument of we have redefined the word...why? A house will always be a house, a dog will always be a dog, a chair will be a chair...That is all I am saying.

Secondly...Out of the mouths of babes. This child is 10 years old and has said a lot. He worked hard to prepare his speech, write his speech, and deliver his speech. We have to encourage our children and not limit him. Time out for excuses. Our kids can be anything they want to be, but we have to encourage them to work hard and dream big. They might have to work harder, so what? Life is not fair, oh well, but maybe by them working harder the next child that comes along might have opportunities opened for them. Sometimes people look at me crazy when I speak greatness into a child's life. When my friends have babies I start saying "Can you say Vanderbilt, Harvard, Spelman, Morehouse?" I am so serious...you have to plant the seed. I expect greatness out of our kids because they are great...This video shows what a child can do.

Okay...my thoughts so far for the day. I have not been blogging as much, just got back from vacation and working with a youth conference at church....I am back now!!! Hope everyone has a great start to the week :-)

1 comment:

Execumama said...

I saw this a while back and he brought tears to my eyes. I felt (and still feel) so proud of him. He is a reflection of and a reminder that our youth are not in fact lost (not all of them, anyway).