1. A better life
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First Things

1. A better life

A better life is available to you.
If you want it, and will work for it,
you can have it.

I lived for five years as the onliest white man in a 'hood where most black folk won't go.

Make no mistake: I've lived in all-white hell-holes, too. I tell that story here: Someone stole my tablet.

In Barclay, I was surrounded by people constantly acting against their own best interest. I posted in August 2016:

Circa 2008, while I was living in Barclay and working at a dollar store that served a very Barclay-like population, a brother pulled a stunt to bring about an ad hoc family reunion, of my immediate family, at his house. It lasted two or three days. It was as if I’d been transported to heaven.

My brothers live in a world of beauty and harmony, not to mention material comforts, that my neighbors and customers absolutely cannot imagine. It is totally beyond their ken. Conversely, my brothers (and other mainstream people; we grew up in the mainstream) cannot possibly imagine the squalor my neighbors and customers took for granted.

This country is, or can be, a beautiful place. For anyone. There are all kinds of material comforts, all kinds of beauty, all kinds of opportunity available — if one is willing to, and knows how to, “go there.” Disadvantaged people don’t. I developed the ambition of equipping people like my neighbors and customers to “go there,” to gain access to everything America has to offer.

You can begin creating that better life now. However, you may need first to change your understandings of (1) who you are and (2) how the world operates.