We have to do Better: A Message to Young Brothers Everywhere

I don’t wanna be another nigga,

Tell the government,
I don’t wanna be another nigga,
Tell them white folk,
I don’t wanna be another nigga,
Tell them black folk,
I don’t wanna be another nigga.
Tell the world
I don’t wanna be another nigga,
Waitin’ with my hands out,
Broke in the hood, they give a damn ’bout
Braggin’ to my homie bout the h@$# I fucked
Drinkin’ bottles after bottles, plus I smoke too much.
I never had a job that would pay me well,
I took what I could cause they gave me hell
Spend what I stole on some clothes and kicks,
My ex girl say I won’t amount to s^&*.
But she s@#$ and f@#$, when my car roll up,
Tried to f@#$ her sister, but she talk too much.
Her mama shake her head whenever I come ’round
Whatever high I had when I saw her might come down
I barely go to church but I say I will,
I bow my head right before I eat my meal
The world’s f@#$ed up and they claimin’ I’m to blame
It’s a damn shame cause

Big K.R.I.T. — 

Another N.I.G.G.E.R.

(Another Naïve Individual Glorifying Greed and Encouraging Racism)

Every so often I listen to Big K.R.I.T.’s introspective song, Another N.I.G.G.E.R., to refocus and remind myself of why I am in college. This song motivates me to become a positive image and example for those who are following in my footsteps. This song serves as a reminder of what is waiting for me if I squander my black males collegeopportunity to get a first class education. The alluded to song reminds me of what I am committed to never becoming; unfortunately I see many of my fellow African-American collegians not only pursuing becoming just Another N.I.G.G.E.R., but also willingly embracing the designation.

Though I have been at Prairie View A&M for less than a semester, I have been pleased to discover that there are innumerable like-minded, progressive, goal driven young men and women, like myself. But unfortunately, there are copious amounts of unfocused and unmotivated individuals on this campus. They have consciously chosen to by-pass an unprecedented opportunity for a quality collegiate education in favor of a party and event filled collegiate black males video gamesexperience. To my dismay, many of the alluded individuals are African-American males. It is a relatively routine occurrence to see my brothers sacrifice class attendance in favor of video games, television, or assuming a vegetative state in the student center for hours on end. The fact that they enrolled at an institution of higher learning in pursuit of leisurely activities is the height of ridiculousness.

It is time that young brothers get it together. Not just at Prairie View, but any young black male enrolled at any institution of higher learning.  It is time that we stop partying all night long, when we know we should be in the library studying for a test.  We need to stop spending hundreds of dollars on Air Jordan sneakers, Ralph my niggaLauren shirts, and other clothing apparel rather than buying our text books which we need to succeed and matriculate through school.  We need to spend more time in the classroom learning rather than in the T.V. room watching “Love and Hip Hop.”  We should have our names on the Dean’s list and not on the list of students who are on scholastic probation. We must be more than what mainstream America stereotypes us as. Let’s debunk the stereotypes; on second thought, is it a stereotype if it is true? Let’s prove that we are not an indolent, shiftless, and good for nothing group of people; or in the words of Big K.R.I.T. another N.I.G.G.E.R.

Alexander Goodwin


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