• Alex Thomas

Where will Black America be in the next 10 years?

Updated: Jan 28

PLEASE NOTE: We all have been affected mentally, emotionally, physically, and financially by the pandemic and social injustices. This blog post gives my opinion (not facts) on the black community 10 years from now. I am not a professional, but I am a black man and have a right to my own opinion 😊. 

So, I was doing some annual shredding and found some old job interview questions that I wrote down some answers to. I read over the questions and remembered some of those questions were actually asked in a previous job interview. There was one question on that paper that stood out to me. It’s a question that stumps some of us because we don’t like to think too far ahead or be unrealistic with lofty goals. Where do you see yourself in 10 years? 

I sat down and thought long and hard about that question and looked at my answer on paper and I realized that my perspective and outlook is more optimistic now than ever before. Reflecting on this question made me ask myself, “Where will Black America be in 10 years?” I can honestly say as a black man that I don’t know. Only God knows, to be honest. There is a divide that’s happened in our country. I thought the divide was present when President Obama was in office but in the previous administration it was more apparent. Now granted I am not like most that would cast a large fishnet with that statement. I do believe that most Americans are not racist. We just seem to give the ones that are more media time. 

Some of us currently have children and some of us are planning/was planning on starting a family, but with the year that we just had and the things that were seen and unseen, the only thing some of us are holding onto is faith. Now, I am not being negative and trying to present an idea that America will turn into the hunger games, but there are many things that we can and must do in our communities for our optimism of the future to be more believable.

What I wish for Black America is for us to build up ourselves and communities. I would like to see in the next ten years that we stop arguing over simple things and make tangible plans so that we can move forward. We are NOT going to agree on everything. Our differences are what make us unique. It does not matter if you are Democrat, Republican, gay, straight etc., we are still a community. I would like to see, in the next 10 years, students getting degrees AND the jobs that they went to school for. I would like to see more families WANTING to spend more time with their families. I would like to see mothers and fathers be allowed to work part of the year from home, so that they can have more flexibility to raise their kids. Don’t tell me it can’t be done. We’ve all been able to get our work done from home and not miss a beat…It can be done. I would like to see our communities having access to mental health counselling and various therapies/rehab and it not be a sad or awkward thought.  I would like to see a family plan to tackle student loan debt. Some people can’t sleep at night because they are making car payments, mortgage payments, and student loan payments and trying to figure out how they will buy groceries to feed their family. I would like to see our predominantly minority schools rank among the top tiers of academics. I would like to see America make progress addressing police brutality, equal pay for women, kids being able to play outside safely and not have to worry about a drive by, and ALL our communities to be in a better place. 

There’s so much more I want to add to this list, but I don’t want to diverge from the point or create confusion. Being a black man and husband, it’s hard to consider starting a family after the experience that we just went through globally. I’ve spoken to other couples and they feel the same way too. If you love your child, you will do everything to protect them. This world is not safe right now for our children. Not even in schools. We can’t leave it up to the government to fix our problems. We have to figure out ways for us to work together and build trust in our communities and other communities. 

Ten years from now is a long time so we have the time to move into a more positive direction. What world do we want to leave behind for our children? We don’t want to get older and think to ourselves what we SHOULD have done. Black America please do not turn your backs on our communities. There’s a lot that we can do to improve, we just need to come together. As one of our leaders said we need to “Plan, Plot, Strategize and Mobilize.” Yes, it is true we are not used to communicating or having town halls to discuss our community issues, but these are things that we can start. It takes all of us making an effort to make an optimistic future a reality. I still believe that we can make a lot of changes in these next couple of years. I will be making an effort to do whatever I can to help. Especially supporting small businesses and investing into our community’s ideas. The black dollar means something folks and it's time to take it more seriously. Our future depends on it. 

Thank you for reading my Blog post “Where Will Black America be in the Next 10 years?” I hope that this post will help us as a community to move forward in a more positive direction. Please subscribe to my blog and feel free to contact me and follow me on social media! 

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