This thread has made me sad, but I want to make sure that for the people outside of the US there is more than one voice being heard here. It can be hard to look outside of yourself and see that others might not be experiencing things the same way you are. I am a black man who admittedly lives in a bubble of good fortune. My parents were able to make a way for me by giving me exposure to things most of my friends were never able to see. I see how far I've gotten due to these differences but it doesn't mean I don't behave appropriately (different from a white male) when I am out because if I did behave the same way it could be detrimental for my or my family's well being. Almost all of my friends who were not afforded the same exposure as I was are somewhat struggling (financially and career wise). All we ask is some of you acknowledge these differences and make the changes needed to correct this. This is not a change black and other people need to make - it is a change only white people can make in America. If you (as a white person) can honestly see all of the things that have gone on here in the US for many, many years and believe that things are equal and black people have not been treated differently and as lesser then maybe you're not enlightened enough to hear this yet. I hope one day you can see outside of yourself. It doesn't mean I'll behave any differently here on the forums when I talk to you if you cannot - it just makes me sad.
--I've had a drink or two and I get mushy when I do and I do have tears in my eyes as I type this.
I'm glad you recognize you were blessed. It's a sad fact that somewhere around 75% of blacks have no fathers. They don't even know who their fathers are. A child (boy or girl) needs a mother and a father. From your story it sounds like you had that. That is wonderful. Because of that you had a better launching pad for your future.
In the video that was attached previously we can see the result of fatherless homes. I can't imagine what my kids lives would be like without a father. Boys need to learn how to be men, like you. Responsible and respectful. Fatherless homes effect all races. But for some reason most blacks are raised with only their mother (or grandmother). It's so sad. It is something that many in the black community try to fix, but their voices don't make the news.
I wish you the best and continue to be excellent.