The water cooler subject, something everyone is is talking about. And because everyone is you do too. Nothing terribly wrong with that in my opinion unless it’s negative. A trending topic, is a headline story being spread like wildfire. It’s gossip. Did you hear, did you know, did you see? Oh, you gotta listen to this, you have to watch the video. “Shares”, “likes”, “double clicks”, we are guilty of making and keeping something “trendy”. What often surprises me is what becomes trendy. How is it a TRENDING TOPIC?
Today’s trending topic is Mr. Jesse Williams and his epic acceptance speech at the BET Awards Sunday. Some people knew his stance on injustice and political activism others, well they found out, perhaps at the water cooler. I think this subject is worth the attention. My question is will the seed that he planted mean anything to those exposed to the ground in which he planted it? What will we do? What now? I’m not really sure the baby boomers are passing the torch or baton, it’s up to us to take it by force. The same way we have to take our lives and the future of this country, by force. What really happens now and how long will this be a TRENDING TOPIC…for you?
Excerpts: Jesse Williams Speech, BET Awards
“It’s kinda basic mathematics. The more we learn about who we are and how we got here, the more we will mobilize.”
“There has been no war that we have not fought and died on the front lines of. There has been no job we haven’t done. There has been no tax they haven’t levied against us, and we’ve paid all of them.”
“But freedom is somehow always conditional here. “You’re free,” they keep telling us. But she would have been alive if she hadn’t acted so…free. Now, freedom is always coming in the hereafter. But, you know what tho, the hereafter is a hustle. We want it now.”
“The burden of the brutalized is not to comfort the bystander. That’s not our job, alright. Stop with all that. If you have a critique for the resistance, for our resistance, then you better have an established record of critique of our oppression. If you have no interest… If you have no interests in equal rights for Black people, then do not make suggestions to those who do. Sit down.”
“The thing is tho… The thing is that just because we’re magic doesn’t mean we’re not real.”
Tip: Watch what you help create. A thing or trending topic remains that way because of the energy put forth to keep it alive, negative or positive.