Often, I find myself pondering and wondering, and asking why; and asking how come it seems as though the most viable knowledge in life doesn’t get trickled down to the places where it’s needed the most?
Viable knowledge that’s needed on the South Side of Chicago where some of my brothas and sistas are living from check to check; but they stay holding down Ed Hardy, LRG, and COOGI. Yeah, they’re broke, but damn, they’re “oh so fresh!”
Viable knowledge that’s needed on the West Side of Chicago where some of my brothas and sistas are living from check to check; but they be riding nice in those Suburbans and those Escalades…..but don’t even have a damn dime saved.
I grew up in an environment where the hood rich mentality was perpetuated on a daily basis. Often, a new pair of Nike Air Jordans was valued more than generating wealth or valued more than the opportunity to financial empowerment.
No moving on up like George and Louise Jefferson I suppose, because some would rather invest all their money in cars and on them name brand clothes.
Sometimes the consciousness for saving for a child’s education doesn’t even exist. You may not have any money set aside for your children’s college education, but you keep them looking “oh so fresh.”
The hood rich mentality continues to spread like a virus and manifests in one form or another. If you take the time to plant the seed of financial empowerment, the possibilities are endless.