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Díck Gregory: Advice to Young African American
Comedian/social activist Díck Gregory has never been the type of person to shy away from the truth. The 81-year-old St. Louis, MO native has always used his gift of comedy as a tool to convey the pαin and suffëring of Black people in America.
Staying true to his fight for Black people, a video of Gregory giving young African-Americans advice about entrepreneurship and advancement has been making its way around the web. He explains to Black youth the importance of not repeating the same mistakes their parents have made in the past; and he also tells them to own their own business. “And I would say to young folks, don’t be in a state of denial of the racism and sëxism, but don’t let that block you. Don’t teach your children that you have to be twice as good as the whites. That’s an awful thing to teach your children,” he says.
He also cites data that states 83 percent of jobs are supplied by small business owners, encouraging young African-Americans to get their own businesses so that they can take advantage of tax write offs and grow economic stability within Black America.
Allow Gregory to share his advice with you in his own words by listening to the video below: