9. Stop chasing after people in relationships. We should never volunteer to be the person on the side. We shouldn’t try to ruin another person’s relationship. There is no honor in stealing someone’s partner.
8. Stop gun violence. We can’t fight police brutality on one side, and allow stray bullets to hit innocent children on the other side. Arguments shouldn’t be solved with guns.
7. Stop calling people coons. when they point out real problems in the black community. Just because it doesn’t apply to you or you’re in denial doesn’t make the other person a coon.
6. Challenge yourself mentally. You can learn a new language, how to code or improve your math skills. I have taken up learning Spanish and Arabic and this has allowed me to meet other people and to learn about their cultures.
5. Stop judging others. Coming from an affluent neighborhood doesn’t mean that you’re not down with the struggle. On the contrary, coming from the hood doesn’t mean that you’re ignorant.
4. Support black businesses. Many of us have had bad service from white owned companies. So why do some of us avoid black-owned businesses because we fear they might have poor customer service?
3. Stop tearing each other down. Be happy for those who made it and stop gossiping about others who didn’t. Stop the “crab in the bucket mentality”. Don’t use the influence you have on others to do something stupid. Be a leader and positive role model and guide your peers towards success, activism and positive change.
2. Start working on your projects and passions. Some of us spend so much time saying we want to do something, but never do it. Write that book you always talked about or start that business you always dreamed of creating – it’s go time!
1. Start showing kindness to the people in your community. Stop being so quick to ridicule and demean people on social media. Manifest positivity on your social post. We are not each other’s enemy, we should be aligned against our common enemy.