Last year around this time I posted an analogy dealing with a lion and zookeeper. The analogy in my opinion highlighted the struggles of the Black Man/Black Woman in a America and the importance of freedom.
The analogy went like this:
Somewhere in the world, a lion wakes up every morning not knowing what it’s going to eat. Every day, it finds food. The lion isn’t worried – it just does what it needs to do.
Somewhere else, in a zoo, a caged lion sits around every day and waits for a zookeeper. The lion is comfortable. It gets to relax. It’s not worried much either.
Both of these animals are lions. Only one is a King
Now that I reflect back on this analogy, it got me thinking MUCH deeper on it than I did before. Often, I address my fellow black brothers and sisters as Kings and Queens to empower and uplift. But, what really makes someone a King and a Queen?
How many of us are working in corporate world awaiting for a check to come in biweekly from those who do not understand the struggle? How many of us know how to grow our own food, source and contain naturally flowing spring water? More importantly, as a people, what resources do we have control of? These are things our ancestors once practiced flawlessly. It was simply a way of life for them. Compared to then and now, many of us are not Kings and Queens…YET. We must work to reclaim what was once ours…FREEDOM.
With that being said, I will continue to address my people as Kings and Queens. Who knows…being addressed with a title that holds power may be the small wake up call to ones who have been hitting ‘snooze’ for a while now..