By Leslye Joy Allen, Copyright © 2016. All Rights Reserved.
I am not going to wax poetic about the recent brutality and violence meted out to Black people at the hands of police officers; or wax poetic about the tragic deaths of some police officers. The people that know me know where I stand. I am in no mood to be eloquent. I will share, however, with you FIVE basic life rules taught to me by my late parents that have always been my hedge of protection.
- You always support Black businesses and the businesses in your community that invest in where you live. This is simply common sense.
- You never apologize for wanting to work with and for and live among your own people. Only fools fail to take care of home first.
- You never support a church or member of the clergy that is more interested in what is on the collection plate than what is happening to the flock he or she serves. This same rule applies to business owners.
- You must learn to stand all by yourself some times. It does not matter if you are the only person that shows up on the picket line; or you are the only person who walks out in protest. You do what is right simply because it is right.
- If you do not believe in the abilities of yourself and your people, you cannot believe in God. It is sacrilegious to believe yourself inferior and/or incapable while professing some faith in a higher power.
Living by the five rules above is how I honor my mother and my father. Àṣé!
Leslye Joy Allen, Copyright © 2016. All Rights Reserved
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