Whenever people don’t know how to channel their anger, destruction is likely to happen. Let’s face it — unless one learns how to be proactive and not allow their emotions to get the best of them, trouble is around the corner. Does that mean that one’s emotions should be shut off? Of course not. What it does mean is that self-control is paramount to getting things done effectively and efficiently.
The recent killings of unarmed Black men at the hands of White police officers deserves outrage, but outrage that leads to change, not violence. As African-American citizens rally for justice through protests and town-hall meetings, we must understand why we must get involved within the political structure in our cities. The importance of local politics cannot and should not take a backseat to the politics of the country. Think about it for a moment: People can spread the news about what happened on their favorite shows (e.g. Empire and Scandal), but for some reason remain mute about important issues happening within their community. By the time people find out certain laws and ordinances have been passed, anger swells. Well, it’s time to be proactive and become committed to social change.
We don’t have to stop there. The delay in the confirmation of Loretta Lynch as Attorney General has taken too long. Republicans have used excuse after excuse for not doing what’s right. Again, people can become angry, which they should be, but the question is, what are they going to do about it? Simply pointing out what’s wrong isn’t going to go far. Action needs to be taken. Call Senator Mitch McConnell (R-Ky) and voice your opinion. His number is 202.224.2541. The more we call his office and voice our opinion, the more we show how serious we are.
What happened in Atlanta with those teachers involved in the ‘Standardized Cheating Scandal’ has created an interesting dialogue between the issue of teaching our children to think critically or teaching them to pass the standardized tests. Whatever your opinion may be of standardized testing, our children are robbed of a quality education when curriculums are geared towards taking a test and not towards the development of a child’s intellect. Because of the actions by those teachers involved in the cheating scandal, students have been cheated at the hands of those teachers who deemed it more important to alter and fabricate test scores. Who gets hurt? Our children. Because of what transpired, it’s incumbent upon all of us to educate our children outside of the classroom.
Starts with us
Channeling our anger to do positive work within our community must begin with all of us. No longer can we wait on government funding to create programs that will enhance and improve our community.
One person can make a difference. When we learn to channel our anger for change, we are in essence setting the stage for policies to benefit those who need it. On the other hand, when anger is improperly channeled towards violence, nothing gets done. As a matter fact, uncontrollable anger will cause the destruction of our businesses and neighborhoods. No one wants that, except those who don’t care about the plight of African-Americans.
Here’s the question— how will you control your anger and what are you going to do to make a difference in this world?
Dr. Sinclair Grey III is an activist, speaker, writer, author, life coach, and host of The Sinclair Grey Show heard on Mondays at 2 p.m. on WAEC Love 860am (iHeart Radio and Tune In). Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @drsinclairgrey.