Words for our parents 🙃

I got tired of the generational divide & the apathy of the Black middle class so I wrote this is the family group chat 😅:

Young black Entrepreneur from Toronto creates a Black real estate development firm focused on creating generational wealth. 👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾

Black youth are working overtime to create a foundation for black communities. Far too often with out the support from the older generation. We can’t do all the work ourselves. Support us and our movements. 

If not for us do it for yourselves. As the older generations begins to leave the workforce it will be the foundations we’re building right now that will serve you later. 

The older generation is often apathetic to the issues Black youth face, and even regurgitate the anti-black rhetoric that was once used on them. I’ve heard many of my elders at one point or another say black youth are lazy, violent, and not respectable.

I’ve marched with tens of thousands of black youth that are fighting for change in Toronto, Ottawa, and Montreal and none match those descriptions. 

We’re marching like the generations before you did. Don’t let this short period of prosperity since the civil rights era fool you into complacency. Statistically things are now worse than they were while Martin Luther King was marching. The fight against racism and white supremacy is still alive.

Get out there. Find out what Black youth are doing to build your community. Support them, and put pressure on policymakers to take action. 

This is especially true in Brampton where bad city planning informed by racist policy is destroying the economy and will transform it into a slum. Take action if not for your children for your investment. 

Collectively our family has invested millions of dollars in real estate in Brampton. That will all be wasted if the current trends and policies continue. 

Elders I heed you to think long term. Start getting serious about your future and the legacy you want to leave for future generations. It can’t just be youth organizing and taking action on your behalf. Black Lives Matter can’t solve all the worlds problems. 

There are organizations in Toronto and the GTA that are doing good work. Even a lot of really wealthy folks in our community are engaged because they understand that it’s in their economic interest to get serious.

If anyone wants to take the first step of learning what action is happening in the GTA, I strongly recommend starting by going to Black Lives Matter (BLM) events. A lot of elders who are serious have been attending BLM events. I also know of other organizations I can connect y’all to.