So let me begin today's unpopular commentary with the 147 Kenyan students killed by Islamic terrorist. The Diaspora in America and around the world are peeved this incident did not receive the same news coverage; nor world sympathy as the victims in the Paris terrorist attack.
I want to point out that if the Diaspora was focused on eulogizing the Kenyan victims instead of rioting in the streets a different picture would emerge. Instead, photos of half naked wild black youth dominate the press. Videos of black females practically nude publicly fighting. Let's not mention the twerking and thot dress and mannerisms.
It's up to the Diaspora to clean up its image if the world is to view us with the tiniest bit of respect. Black community leaders and politicians should have organized peaceful memorials. Black Churches should have been illuminated in the colors of the Kenya flag. Why are we waiting for other countries and politicians to validate our pain?
The African Diaspora wants to be recognized and accepted worldwide. The public cry of "Black Lives Matter" is a tired refrain similar to "We Shall Overcome." Until we unite as a people with a common cause to raise our dignity, focus on the family, build model communities & flex our collective financial power, we don't matter. As long as we act like we don't matter to ourselves and with each other, we don't matter to the world. No one is going to take Black Lives Matter seriously as long as we don't have respect for ourselves, our communities and our place in history. As Pearlie Mae use to say, "Charity begins at home and then spreads abroad."
Dr. Christos Kioni