Life Isn’t Fair!

By Jeffrey Draper

After listening to a broadcast ‘Make Me Wanna Holla’ on one of Kansas City’s strongest a.m. radio stations, it became clear that an older generation clings to dealing with today’s life issues as it was in the 1950’s – 1960’s.

The topic was about the importance of reducing and alleviating stress. Stress caused by a lack of resources, especially financial resources.  Ironically, the talk show discussion was heavily peppered with fear, doubt, and uncertainty.  The majority prevailing attitudes were pessimistic in nature as most of the callers spoke about the ills and injustices of society. The unfairness, the inequalities in the communities where a predominantly economically disadvantage segment lives took center stage as the conversation piece.  The proposed solutions were to stage a protest against a particular grocery store chain to send a message that we mean business until fresh fruits, vegetables our sold in the urban core.

My encouragement is for the new generation, millenniums, to look for solutions to resolve public challenges and problems although certain situations may remain unfair and unequal.  With the benefit of hindsight, you can conclude that it’s similar for numerous other races, ethnicities, cultures, and communities in any given city.  No community is immune from unfairness.   Some communities think they have a monopoly on treatment, good or bad, but in reality they don’t.  The hope has not gone.

The notable differences I discern or distinguish in those communities don’t look outward for help or assistance.  Impoverished African-Americans should take note and look inward.  God has put everything we need to succeed in life, regardless of where we reside, inside of each and every one of us.  The Good Book says in You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed”.Psalm 139:16

Every moment was laid out, so now take a moment, take that moment now and do the following:

  • Identify your skills
  • Take inventory of your talents
  • Consider how your gifts can help someone else, can help the community
  • Now, consider and ask who will pay you for what you can do for them

In the face of bodily harm and the reality of death, our predecessors marched and protested because it was effective at that time in history.  Sam Cooke said it, Barack Obama won two presidential campaigns on it – Change!  Times have changed, the world has changed, and the community is global now.   I urge you to resist expending energy murmuring and complaining and refocus that energy on creating a solution which adds VALUE to another, yourself, and the community.

Whilst we must and should learn from our elders, we must never forget.  But that doesn’t mean we must relive the past.

Isaiah 43:18Forget the former things;

do not dwell on the past.

19 See, I am doing a new thing!

Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?

I am making a way in the wilderness

and streams in the wasteland.

Don’t allow other depressing thoughts; experiences; cause you to neglect your blessings.  A way for you is being made despite how barren the land seems. Get your change (get your dollars too) and don’t let others dictate away with  ill-advised discouraging words the opportunities that await you.  That which you were born for and created to do! –JD

Kansas City Povery Map

Because of their high rates of crime, areas of concentrated poverty gain a reputation of being “bad” parts of town that many people avoid. Since these areas are inhabited primarily by poor blacks, this creates a kind of “guilt by association” that hurts the region’s social cohesion.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2000 Census