If you want to go quickly, go alone. If you want to go far, go together — African Proverb
Now is our time. Our fathers have fought, and they are no more. Legacies of dreams had. Seats unrelinquished. Voting cries, fallen dynasties. Our path has been flawed with countless obstacles that those who came before us have had to overcome. They did not do it for themselves brothers. No, they did all that for us. You might be thinking why would this be titled The Journey Begins. Well, brother, the path has always been there for us. However, we have been celebrating the journey of those who came before us.
We celebrate the journeys of Mandela, King Jr., X, Owens, Tutu, Douglass, Achebe, Tambo, Du Bois, and others. We exalt in their legacies and talk about continuing them. But is that what they wanted? Did they want us to just maintain their legacies or did they fight for us to get the opportunity to use them and create our heritage? These are the kind of questions we at Black Men Who Blog ™ LLC want you to help us answer. Let’s just think back to the days of Mandela’s imprisonment, what would you have done then? Would you have been as forgiving as he was? Or would you have taken the first opportunity to exact your revenge on those who wronged you?
Mandela did not just forgive his accusers, he became an icon. He became more than his station. Yes, he was a president, but he was also more. He became the presidents’ president. Brother, if you have taken the time to read this, we want you to realise that you are more than just a content creator and this platform is more than just community. You have the potential to change everything. Heavy? Maybe. But we urge you to look beyond your self-imposed station and see how your actions, creations, and being can change the world around you.
The journey has begun. Our fathers have created a path, and they are no more. Today, you stand at the precipice of greatness, unsure of which way to go. Your indecisiveness is not your weakness for all man is indecisive at one time or another. No brother, your greatest weakness is believing that you can do it all by yourself. You leave your brothers behind because they fail to meet your criteria of what it means to be part of your community. You have created a prison for yourself that you believe is your standard. So, you keep them out to protect you. The time has come for us to realise that our fathers fought so we could stop creating our own prisons. Their fight was not to oppress our oppressors. Their match was not to make them admit their wrong. A wolf will forever be a wolf no matter how much the sheep accuses him of murder.
A lion amongst wolves without its pride will forever be timid. Brother, you are a lion. We are your pride. So, if you would like to know why a company, a platform, a community, a family is stepping outside the norms of what businesses should be like, our answer is simple. You are not normal. You are a Black Man. Feared for everything that is you. Come along on this journey and be a part of the new path that we will create.
The Journey Begins.