I’m a huge fan. You’re animated proof that the never-ending revolution can be televised.
In some ways, I see myself like you (although I’d never go on a hunger strike to save BET). You have this sincere hope that you can make the world a better place. You get that it starts with espousing a realistic message of that hope with a hint of dry wit and a dash of sarcasm. I know that makes little sense to some, but I get it. That is what’s important.
But that’s not the only reason I’m writing you. I’m writing you because of your little brother Riley. You know, the ruthless one who once vowed that Santa Claus “was gonna pay what he owe(d),” and proceeded to empty his BB gun’s cartridges into Santa’s suit. Yeah, that brother.
Younger brothers can be ruthless. Trust me, I know. I have two of them, and they menaced me until I left for college. I was punished many a time for things one of my brothers did because I didn’t prevent them. When my father asked me why I didn’t prevent the inevitable, I often had tried. But to no avail. Still, I had to take my licks.
I love them to death, and would do whatever I could for either of them. But in my 26-plus years of being a brother, I’ve learned a valuable lesson. You can’t prevent people from doing what they want to do. If Riley grows up to be a ruthless hardcore closeted gay gangsta rapper, there’s little you can do to stop him. If he wants to try to kidnap Oprah or Bill Cosby again, that’s on him. It’s his life’s lot. Not yours.
You can drop whatever advice you want, but often times you’ll be wasting that time. A person will do what he or she desires. That’s one thing I’ve learned from the flaws and actions of many. So chose your battles wisely.
The world isn’t always perking up an ear for a better chance to take in your message. So, though you need to continuing your high-def pulpiting, you must do so with the understanding that your youthful wisdom may go unheard and, at times, under-appreciated.
That doesn’t take away from your validity, whether you’re dropping knowledge to your brother or the masses. But it instead reassures you of your beliefs, knowing that someone, possibly your brother, could be listening. Let that be your life’s lot, even if people don’t choose to stand there with you.
When it comes time for you to show your face again on our tubes, continue being “the stone that the building refused” or as your Granddad would say, “be deep.”
P.S. You need to give Jazmine DuBois a shot.