So this morning I had a little tiff with a “Brotha” about helping him out cause we “Brotha’s”. What does this all mean anyway? Here is the scenario. Say you work at a Burger King behind the counter. You know how they take your order and then give you receipt and then you move to the side so they can get your order ready? Well say I got my order then the guy behind me “that has not paid for anythings”, asks to get my receipt so he can get some free food. Well I say no and then he calls me out saying I should help him out cause we “Brotha’s”. In fact he says, “You shouldn’t even care anyway cause they gonna make their money and we need to stick together.
Now this just rubbed me the wrong way on so many levels. I mean does being a ”Brotha” mean that I have to help you with your crimes? Then if I don’t that means that Im a sell out or a snitch? It was also disturbing because the young man was not over 23 years of age. He had money in his pocket and he spoke to me like he had to school me.
Now I made the scenario up but this did happen, I just am not allowed to talk about things that actually happen on my job, so I had to change the scenario to protect the innocent, and my job LOL!
Here in Milwaukee I see people on the street asking for a handout all the time. Mind you many of these people are able bodied adults. What is happening more and more now is that you are seeing kids pick up this habit as well. Not because they need to, but because this is what they are being taught through example by the adults that raise them.
The culture of “getting over” is becoming larger and larger. Whether it is people with food stamps selling them for cash or your everyday beggar on the street, it seems like more and more people are just trying to scam and get over on someone.
I know times are tuff and with the economy the way that it is many people that would not normally commit even a minor crime and considering it now. My point is where is our pride and how are our children learning more about how to “get over” on stuff rather than how to excel within the system we live in.
I don’t claim to have all the answers, but if I have to allow you to “get over” then I guess we can’t be “Brotha’s”
Being black is nothing Im trying to be. It is what I am
– Carlton from The Fresh Prince of Bell Air