Lupe Fiasco’s insensitive tweet after the Trayvon Martin’s case sparked the question, what is an activist? Lincoln Anthony Blades responded with a candid story of himself as a 11-year-old playing basketball for his hometown. He speaks of his experience winning a game turning into a violent situation when his opponent call him a “nigger,” he wanted to “kill him” and “their team…,” he said. However, his coach pulled him to the side and gave him a valuable lesson in dealing with other people’s ignorance. Blades praised his coach for influencing his life and the lives of many other young men. Blades’s story is a good reminder that an activist is active in more ways than one.
My Response… Today I had a conversation with a friend about this very thing; not about Lupe, but concerning this story. My friend reminded me that doing something is not always in marching in the streets or signing petitions, it is in living our every day life responsible for how we influence people around us especially our children. Thanks for sharing your story.