Education has always been a very difficult topic for people of the "black" variety. Is it our fault that we don't use the resources made available? Are we not trying hard enough? Is the "white man" keeping us down? These are questions that are difficult to debate about. Plainly put, the system was set up to keep us down and some of us decide to stay down and remain defeated. Others decide to do something about it, overcome the struggle, the adversity and go get resources. What is unfair is that we shouldn't have to. We shouldn’t have to go looking for something that is a necessity. We shouldn’t have to complain about what’s made easily accessible to others, not be accessible to us. The resources made available to inner city youth are almost nonexistent. Resources like funded community centers, schools, libraries, etc. are few and far between for a lot of our black community.
Working in higher education has really opened my eyes to a lot. I meet with students every day that spill their hearts to me. They are very aware of their obstacles and in most cases, share that they are the first or only person to go to college. Almost always, they feel defeated before even thinking about applying to school. It’s so disheartening when I tell a potential student that they can do it, and they don't believe me. What I have decided to do in this position that I believe God has placed me in, is reinforce in them that they can. Every day is hard. Some students feel that I am selling a false dream, but the few that I do get through to, start believing in themselves. There is nothing greater than defeating the system that was created to keep you down. We must keep inspiring these kids so that they can inspire others. Get them excited to know, I mean truly know, that they are more than their enemy. They are the impossible. I believe that we can then, truly make a difference.