Oct. 8, 2019

BOOTSTRAPS

No one rising to the highest heights in life by their own individual merits. It is always a team effort that encompasses the rise to individual or group greatness. You even hear tell of people making the statement that they and they alone pulled themselves up by their own bootstraps. The illegitimacy of the statement provided by a person who feels that he or she alone is responsible for the success they have experienced in life.

Most prominently heard are white who says the secret of their success if they had the individual willpower to overcome all the odds to manufacture personal success is simply a falsehood. In every aspect of life, we depend on others to support our dreams and aspirations. In many ways, the collective growth of minorities in this nation is even more surprising because legitimately many are born into a situation where they don't even have boots.

So, on this particular Tuesday evening, I illuminate the words of Thurgood Marshall when he said quite emphatically that you owe your success to the support of others. We as a race of black people who were degraded, denied and ignored by the institutions and government of this nation must depend on each other. If we lift each up maybe just maybe each one of us in our communities will have the bootstraps to reach the highest pinnacles of success. Just keep reaching.