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1) A big, fat dose of education
Millions of African Americans are choosing to educate themselves to the best of their ability. But you know as well as I do that some of us burned our school books before first grade. Graduation rates continue to plummet, literacy rates are in the toilet, and ‘reedin sum a deez facebuk posts be lyke tryin to studee chineez.”
The saddest thing about walking away from education is that education is the key to your freedom. When you choose to keep yourself ignorant, you are volunteering yourself and your family for oppression and various forms of slavery in a capitalist society (even rich, uneducated athletes usually end up broke). Even more irritating is when our kids easily memorize the lyrics to the latest over-sexed, violent song on the radio, but can’t remember a thing in their science books. We’ve got to find a way to do better.