Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as sons. For what son is not disciplined by his father? – Hebrews 12:7
In honor of Fathers Day on my behalf, I would like to salute and honor those brothers, these great Black men of ebony glory that the almighty God himself created us in his own image. Since the earth’s inception our footprints have traveled every square inch of the universe and throughout history we’ve built civilizations with our bare hands. Our work is found in every molecule of our existence and today most Black male images in the media are reduced to mere images of gangbangers, drug dealers, gangster rappers, and transvestites despite the color of our President’s skin. This is for the men that decided to give a damn despite how the world looked at you as you were created from the soil you were forced to plow in as a slave. This is for the homies that made the distinction of realizing that it was way harder to get up everyday and take the bosses shit making an honest living rather than falling victim to the easy lure of the streets and prisons. This is for the fathers that became fathers to other fathers kids and for my younger brother that managed to raise a child into a man for the past 18 years and is finally on his way to college this fall.
I wonder how life would be if Biggie and Pun was here to see their children grow up? Could you imagine if Pac had seeds planted in fertile soul to continue the production of revolutionaries in his royal bloodline? It would have been nice to have seen James Evans on Good Times a few more seasons to show the frustrations of a Black man struggling to feed his family in a world that despises him and continues to find comfort into the arms of his ebony reflection(Florida) void of passing judgment due to his financial difficulties. I wonder how Michael Jackson kids will be doing this fathers day since their daddy is gone or whether Gary Coleman’s father wish he could of taken the past 20 years to heal his broken relationship with his son and ask for forgiveness? I can’t forget about Nas and all those other cats out there paying all that exorbitant amount of child support and getting cash snatched out of their checks and she still doesn’t want them to see their babies. For all those men on Maury that became the subjects of ridicule in front of millions of viewers that stood up to claim responsibility and provide love to a child that was” not theirs” and hardly receives the support and sympathy they rightfully deserve, so they need to commended and use protection and receive counseling.
I wish Martin’s sons possessed that fire their father radiated throughout his DNA and I can’t forget about those fraternal mentors that bestowed catalogs of wisdom to young Black men like my grandfather who passed away this year at 103 years of age. I am thankful for God allowing him to be a living testimony on this earth and allowing me to receive his priceless words of wisdom passing on the genetic inheritance of his hard work ,dedication to family and most importantly understanding his close relationship with God for allowing him to lived so long and abundantly. This is for the dads that are spending their lives so far away in a foreign land and facing the possibilities of returning home in a wheelchair or in a flag draped casket. When will the world realize that we fathers are simple creatures that long to feel appreciated and have the natural instinct to protect and provide for their families?
How about the men that are left without the fraternal blueprint that somehow manage to raise his own children to the best of his ability? I salute those men that often cry in the dark and are forced to conceal the disparity and fear that lies underneath their skin faced with the genetic mutation of genetically recessive traits of racist men who masquerade as politicians and law enforcement who are aware that we are the original fathers of civilization and are willing to slaughter us one bullet and bill at a time . I will never forget about those fathers whose slug riddled bodies that were found littered in the streets and denying an entire family the essence of fatherhood upon his offspring. This is for the brothers that don’t even have a big piece of chicken at the dinner table to eat and for the men that pray that the parole board will allow him another chance at becoming a better dad and able to find employment without prejudice and ambiguous suspicion.
This is for the father that manages to wake up every morning on time to attend school or work without cars and the ones that are left straddling the fence doing dirt to help make ends meet and making sure that their kids have a good Christmas and Birthday. Who gives a damn you say? Well I do my brother, despite how the world treats you, you are God’s son and no one can erase your accomplishments and profound achievements and you are worth more than just a tax bracket or docket number in my eyes. . I know what its like to feel tired and you wanting to just give up and I admire you for hanging in there through all the bullshit that would have ultimately defeated the average man. Despite your shortcomings God has managed to use every broken man and mold him into the man he is destined to become, as in David that wrote his trials and tribulations in the book of Psalms. I support the fathers that are single dads that don’t receive the same resources and benefits women receive raising children and to the ones that protect our neighborhoods from the pedophiles, rapists and child molesters I honor you as well sir.
And to my step father for being there to stay on my ass during those critical years of burgeoning manhood I miss you dearly. This special day is given for the men that were robbed of the opportunity of experiencing the joys of fatherhood has to offer and for those that were victimized by the ones that pretending to be a father figure. Last but not least my dear father who passed away in 03′ that battled a lifetime of alcoholism and found the time over the years to impart sobering lessons of affection, and a contagious inheritance of laughter and humor that I instill upon my own children to this day. Fatherhood is a process that endures the harshest of situations and most dire of circumstances and most that aren’t dads doesn’t have a clue on what we go through fellas. So enjoy that wack ass neck tie your son bought you to wear Sunday at church and snatch that six pack from the fridge and slap some steaks on the grill! I’m proud of you and keep up the great work, it also takes one to be one and I wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world, “Happy Fathers Day” Gentlemen! You efforts are not in vain just overlooked.
PS Special shout out goes to Demetrius Skipper, an Akron, Ohio father that saved his 9yr old daughter from her abductor recently and these are the many stories you seldom find on youtube.