Protectors of The Future
Armstrong Williams | 6/13/2019, 1:18 p.m.
Our ancestors need redemption, they deserve it. I don’t mean a government-given Band-Aid, but redemption in terms of the growth of our children and the generations that follow; redemption in the fact of knowing that their pain and their struggle was not in vain. Redemption in knowing that when they die, their children are not struggling merely to afford funeral costs. But this is not limited merely to Black families—although it is especially difficult for them. We need to get our heads out of the sand; we need to stop trying to anesthetize the discomfort with petty distractions. Given what our parents had to go through to give us this inheritance, we should never complain and we should never make excuses. We have no excuse to wallow in depression and despair, to resort to drugs and alcohol to avoid reality. We have no excuse not to show up, no matter how hard times may be.
Fortunately for our family, our farmland is now in even better condition than it was when my parents were alive; God blessed us with resources for the upkeep. But we want to do even better; we want to turn the family farm into a Shangri La, our own transformational garden of Eden. Why do I endure the twelve-hour flight to Europe or the six-hour plane ride to Puerto Vallarta, when a verdant oasis awaits me a mere 51 minutes from my front door?
There is no place like home; where the water is always sweeter; the people are always more informative and more meaningful. This is the place I grew up; it is the place my parents built. We are to be the protectors of this land and the builders of the future.
Armstrong Williams is manager/sole owner of Howard Stirk Holdings I & II Broadcast Television Stations and the 2016 Multicultural Media Broadcast Owner of the year. Follow him on Twitter @arightside