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A Message From The Editor: Don’t Mistake My Kindness For Weakness!

When you do the common things in life in an uncommon way, you will command the attention of the world.  – George Washington Carver

I’ve always loved that quote, but always looked at it as a positive thing. It was not until Black Westchester started standing up, representing those who were being beaten and killed by the police, those being taken advantage of by politicians and community leaders who started off right, but somewhere along the line, lost their way and starting representing their interest, more than the people they were suppose to be leading, protecting, teaching, etc, that I realized it had a double meaning.

As I come off of a baseless online verbal attack of me personally and Black Westchester, I realized some of that attention you will command will not always be the good kind. You will also place yourself in a position to command the attention of those who lay and prey for your downfall, those who see what you are doing to build the community as a threat to the stronghold they have had over the people for decades. Those who do not want you to unplug the people from the matrix and even some who do not want to be unplugged.

I remember in church, in bible study, the preacher, teaching us that every time you reach out and help save a lost soul, lead someone to Christ, give someone hope who was hopeless, you are in fact tearing a brick out of the devil’s kingdom. We then wonder why we are under attack, that because he ain’t a punk, he is not going to let you just tear his kingdom down without a fight, just because you think you are walking with God.

Well similarly, when you are out there fighting the power, being the voice for the voiceless, standing up for the average man, exposing the evils that men do, and educating and uplifting a group of people, who another group of people make madd money from, by keeping the first group down, uninformed and feeling hopeless and powerless. You are actually tearing down the haves for the have-nots, and the haves, have spent a considerable amounts of money and time to become haves, on the backs of the have-nots and they’re not just going to give that up just because it’s the right thing to do.

The Last Poets said it best when they said “[Black People] are scared of revolution.” That’s because everyone wants to go to heaven but no one wants to die. The people with the power, are not going to be negotiated to relinquish it. You have to willing to fight for it and in some cases you might even have to ready to die for it. Freedom is not FREE!, But that’s another rant for another day!

maxresdefaultSo the beautiful thing about having your own media outlet, your own site, your own blog or what have you, is when you have one of those days, where they’re just coming out of the woodwork, attacking you, sometimes you have to take a step back and for cats like myself, writing is therapeutic, so this is my way of working out the frustration sometimes and keep from giving someone the cursing out they deserve for daring to come out their face. Let me put it another way, if you get offended by what I write, by something that appears in Black Westchester, and you decide to go on the offensive and come at me the wrong way. Do you think that is more or less likely to make me come harder the next time.

If you consider me a threat, that you need to step to us, do you think your actions will make us more or less dangerous to you? I’m just saying. I am one of the most approachable individuals out there and many can tell you, even if they don’t like me, like what I wrote or what they feel Black Westchester is doing to their situation, I will always be available to talk and build. I may not walk away seeing your side anymore than I did before said conversation, and you may not feel me anymore than you did, but I will respect you more than taking shots at me on Facebook. I’m saying like what I say or not, I stand by my words, WE stand by our words, we will never write anything about you and you won’t know about it. I will email it to you, hit with a Facebook message, send you a tweet and for whatever reason if I feel you just went too far and I cannot reach you I will send it to everyone you know so I know you will see it.

I will never talk smack about someone on Facebook and don’t tag them so they can’t see it and have to hear about it from someone else, especially if I have sat down with you before, gone to a mutual friends birthday party and had long conversations about this and that before. I don’t go out like that and I guess my problem is I expect too much from others, to live by that same code. If I have a problem with you, I will first tell you, ask anyone I have written about, who knows me or has had any interactions with me. What I have written, I have told you to your face or at the very least in a conversation on the phone.

While some reading this may feel it don’t take all that or whatever, let me just say this, when you attack Black Westchester you attack me. If you don’t like what we do, it cost you nothing to pay us no mind. Do not go to the website, do not follow us on social media, just do you. If you are going to talk about the site do yourself a favor and at least take some time to read the site.

If you are a politician, don’t worry about who is doing what, run your race and just because someone exercises their God-given rights to support someone different then you do or who you are related to and are forced to support, that does not mean you have to go to war with that person. Maybe, not being around them as much during the election (silly season) but you don’t stop speaking to them, stop being their friends and try to tear them down because they supported someone else.

A lot of people are acting really crazy in the four square miles of Mount Vernon, but you do know, you have to live with these same people when the election is over. Let’s stop making permanent decisions during temporary situations, like election time.

Lastly and I will end my rant by saying, if you have a problem with me, tell me, maybe we can work on a solution, but taking your frustration out on social media when I have a weekly radio show, do a weekly spot on a popular morning show and have this site where hey, in moments like this I can write how I feel, is never going to go well for you.

Support us or not, patronize us or not, read us or not, the choice is yours, but I don’t know where you think I (WE) should conform to your vision of what Black is. Or we are doing any of what we do, for your personal approval, I don’t know what part of the game that is.

But you got us twisted if you think we are supposed to fit into whatever box you want to put us in, and if we do not see things the way you do, we are wrong, misleading the people or lying. Maybe it’s you who are wrong. Maybe it’s you that has been wrong. for so long it’s become your new normal. All I am saying to everyone reading this and all you will run and go tell, what is written here, if you are going to come at us, make sure you come correct. And lastly for those who complain we are tearing down our own kind, if you were doing what you were supposed to be doing, there would be nothing to write about. Do not get mad because we bring to light what you are doing to the people in the dark!

There is an old adage that says something like ‘Do not wake a sleeping giant.’ This is an idiom which means: Do not disturb/annoy/provoke someone powerful who was not disturbing you in the first place. You just might prompt a powerful force of unknown destructive capabilities into action. In other words, it’s never a good idea to come after someone with a pen or a microphone and guess what, I have both!!

We Will Continue To Do The Common Things In An Uncommon Way
and I’m sorry if that’s not your way, all I have to say is, Have A Nice Day!

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About AJ Woodson (2269 Articles)
AJ Woodson is the Editor-In-Chief of Black Westchester and Co-Owner of Urban Soul Media Group, the parent company. AJ is a Father, Brother, Author, Writer, Journalism Fellow, Rapper, Radio Personality, Hip-Hop Historian and A Freelance Journalist whose byline has appeared in several print publications and online sites including The Source, Vibe, the Village Voice, Upscale, Sonicnet.com, Launch.com, Rolling Out Newspaper, Spiritual Minded Magazine and several others.

2 Comments on A Message From The Editor: Don’t Mistake My Kindness For Weakness!

  1. Karen Watts Yehudah // November 7, 2015 at 11:45 AM //

    Thank you! I for one am sick and tired of reading negative attacks on BW. I think you are doing a great job. Admittedly, I do not always agree with your assessments and/or commentary. However, I have always thought that they were informed and appropriately researched. And in fact, your writing, at times, has caused me to re-think my position. Having been the subject of vicious media attacks before the facts were known, I can appreciate your dismay with people who will suddenly turn from the essential truths you write about, in favor of personalized political allegiances which in time, will either grow or die because of the manure mix the relationships are steeped in.

    Continue to do the right thing. “Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor the arrow that flieth by day;…” Psalms 91:5.

    Peace out
    Karen Watts Yehudah

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