Thank you, Kanye West.
From my previous post, I alluded that my old high school classmate and great friend and I are starting our own marketing agency. From watching my father start his own business (he had a software development consulting firm…nerd) I figured that it wouldn’t be that difficult-since I KNEW of some of the hardships he had to endure. Ha, boy was I wrong.
From all the paperwork, to developing our own business plans and establishing our identity, it has been quite the journey. But so far, I am having a blast doing it.
What is also pretty cool is that DW4R is joining that still small segment of minority owned businesses (or as North Carolina calls it- Historically Under-utilized Businesses).
Why can’t the media-or society for that matter- focus on the positive aspects of our culture? Instead of glorifying the thugs, baggy clothes and the raping of the English language, place emphasis on those African-Americans, Latinos, Physically-disabled and other groups that are assisting in America’s progress.
This is a very sensitive subject of mine. My three siblings and I have been raised to speak and write well, and dress appriopriately in public. When we all went to school, we were respectful, and make good grades. Ah wait a second, we were all black- surely we were the ones confused about our placement in society.
Then there was my dear father, a black man with a brilliant software product, and the Good Ol’ Boys in Pittsburgh, PA didn’t feel like giving a small, black-owned software firm the light of day. I guess we all forgot that opportunity came with a certain hue. Fortunately he moved to Columbus, OH (I know..Ohio of all places) and was given the respect he deserved.
Well I’m rambling, but my point is this: I am sick and tired of people calling me and my family as the “whitest black people they know.” I am so thankful that I was raised not to be a violent man. Instead, I focus my energy to show that I am not only an ambitious and smart black man, but an ambitious and smart man. President Obama took the lamp and turned it on, and it is our job to come out of the shadow and share the light.