(From My Facebook Post)
One raindrop plus another and another can fill a bucket, water our crops, or cause catastrophic flood. No raindrops can mean drought, wildfires, and famine. (#Blackoutfriday) did not seem to be an extreme action when it was first introduced, but it was and is a real thing. Whether the news will admit it or not, I believe it caused Thanksgiving weekend sales to drop by 11%.
Not every action must be extreme and dramatic to have an effective result. Nor do conditions or people have to be perfect.
Think about this:
One rap record after another created a culture (that has changed from having skills and having fun, to black empowerment, to bounce music, to the unfortunate Shmurda child) that other cultures emulate and appropriate.
One person's obsession with kale became a thing. Kale salads. Kale smoothies. Kale chips. Yup. A thing.
One Elvis Presley jacked Rock n' Roll and then we got the Osmonds, New Kids on the Block, Justin Bieber, Justin Timberlake, young chirren at Elle telling us Timberlands are now in style and honeybaby - big butts are now en vogue. (Stay with me.)
Most of my timeline is exceptionally intelligent, but sometimes it seems the intelligence overrides the ability to see beyond the past and the present state of things. Yes, the past is a huge indicator of behavior, as it establishes patterns; but the present is an indicator of how far we've come and how much work we have to do - the strides we've made say that patterns can be altered, if not broken.
I didn't always think like this. When I started writing, if I hit a difficult part of the story that I couldn't figure out, I shelved it. It can't be done. Getting my credit in order, one terrible account at a time, why bother? Losing weight? Well, I still wish I could take a pill and wake up with a six-pack.
But no. Raindrops.
We have to work around the hard part of the story. Figure out the parts we can. We have to take one step at a time. And we have to demand respect - even if it's just to hold on to our dollars - because we're being killed, abused, and disrespected by the powers that be.
The most important weekend of the fiscal year saw an 11% drop that mainstream media has not attributed to the boycott.
If you participated in the Black Friday/Cyber Monday scheme because you believe that your voice/dollar doesn't mean anything, please note that this way of thinking - that our voices/dollars don't matter - is how we end up with elected officials who approve policies that work against us, ridiculous class sizes for our kids, and some of these awful roads in a city that charges us for everything but the air we breathe. And THAT may actually be a coded surcharge on our cell phone bill.
(But if you participated because you just don't care 'bout nunna dis, lemme get one of them TV's bruh.)
How we think determines what we can achieve. Malcolm Little became Malcolm X became El Hajj Malik El Shabazz. One day, one month, one year at a time. One thing at a time. Like raindrops.
Never underestimate the power of raindrops.