As of this week Devin has decided to “retire” from the MTA and focus all his efforts on becoming president of the United States. With Dr. King’s birthday having passed last Tuesday (and his observed holiday being tomorrow), along with Barack Obama running for president, his declaration gave me pause. Could my son one day really be president? Does he still have a chance at being the first black president even with Obama hot on Hillary’s heels?
OK, Dev is four. I shouldn’t spend too much time fantasizing about the future. The reality is that I don’t care if he’s the first, second or third black president. I only want him to be the best leader he can be, even if he never steps foot in the Oval Office. I hope my little boy dreams the biggest dream that he possibly can and goes for it. No fear. No regrets. No giving up. If he wants to be the president then I want to be the First Daddy. That’s what Dr. King was about – going big and changing world. And if I can instill even the smallest piece of that great man’s character, courage, and conviction into my son then I’ve done my job.
One way or another, through Obama or one day Devin, like Mr. Sam Cook once said, “I know a change gonna come.” Part of that change will happen by tackling racism head on. Too many people say that racism can only be found in small southern towns, or has miraculously vanished entirely. Such thinking is ignorant, unfair, and untrue. Regardless of where it is, eradicating it starts with educating the children.
A few weeks ago myself and several other familiar folk were interviewed for an Associated Press article about discussing racism with your kids. It’s a great article and is very timely as we celebrate Dr. King’s legacy and roll into Black History Month (we should start Black History Month on his birthday, just a suggestion). Click here to read the article. Enjoy the holiday. And thank you for reading this, my 200th post.