Originally Written April 4th 2008 by Charlamagne Tha God
Expand Your Reality – Expand your reality to the point where you pursue what you love doing and excel at it. Involve yourself in high-energy levels of trust, optimism, appreciation, reverence, joy, and love when you engage in every activity in your life.
–Dr. Wayne W. Dyer “The Power of Intention”
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. had a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed that all men are created equal. A dream that his four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character. He had a dream that one day the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at a table of brotherhood. He hoped for a freedom that would allow blacks and whites to work together as well as pray together. He had a dream that one day we all would be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual: “Free at last! Free at last! Thank God Almighty, we are free at last!
Well, do you feel free? Do you feel as if Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream has become a bonafied reality? Well I’m here to tell you: YES, it has. Let’s look at a few of the things Brother Martin wanted for his people. He wanted America to live by its creed that all men are created equal. You tell me brothers and sisters, what job in America can you not obtain? What position is there in America that a black person is not over qualified for?
We live in a society where any race can dominate any field they choose to be involved in. Don’t believe me? Then why is the second richest man in the world a Mexican? He is Telecom tycoon Carlos Slim Helú with an estimated net worth of $60 billion. Why is the greatest golfer in the world a mixed race black by the name of Tiger Woods? Why has the biggest hip hop star of the past decade been a white male by the name of Eminem? Equality is alive and well in America. Any door that we as a people feel is closed to us is simply shut because we are too afraid of failure to open it. Some of those doors might even be locked, but we know where the keys are. We have access to those keys if we choose to use them. MLK said he wanted to see a nation where people will be judged by the content of their character and not the color of their skin. I know a brother who is leading the Democratic Presidential Nomination in delegates, who is leading in the popular vote and a brother who is bringing together black and white people, Jews and Gentiles , Protestants and Catholics, Christians and Muslims. He brings together the young and old, rock and roll fans, Hip Hop heads, jazz enthusiasts, and country music lovers. He does this not because of the color of his skin, but because of the content of his character and this individual is none other than Mr. Barack Obama.
MLK said he wanted to see a time when the sons of slaves could sit down at a table of brotherhood with sons of former slave masters. Not only are we sitting down at a table of brotherhood, we are sitting down in corporate board rooms. We have the most influential woman in the world with a net worth of over 2.5 billion dollars. She came in and took over a field dominated by white males. She just doesn’t sit down at the table of brotherhood, she owns it and this phenomenal woman is none other than Sister Oprah Winfrey. No matter how you may feel about the Bush Administration, there have been two blacks who have sat down at the table of brotherhood with the president both holding the position of Secretary of State, Mr. Colin Powell and Mrs. Condoleeza Rice.
This, ladies and gentleman, is the dream of freedom that Brother Martin talked about that has become a reality. A reality which allows Blacks and Whites to work together in some of the highest positions in the world! Dr. Martin Luther King’s dream has expanded into Dr. Martin Luther King’s reality. I challenge black people to expand their individual realities past the projects, the blocks, the slums, the gutters, the dirt roads, and the traps within the state you live in. I challenge you all to expand your reality, to feel like we can have the first Black President of the United States of America and to know Barack won’t be the last.
Expand your reality to know that you can be one of the richest people in the world and not only be on the Forbes list, but be on top of it if you expand your reality far enough. Instead of wanting to be rappers let’s expand our reality to be the owners of the distribution companies. That way we can balance the product that comes out. Instead of always having music that reflects the problems and harsh realities of our society we can release and equally promote and market the music of more positive artists who come with solutions to the ills our children are facing on a daily basis.
Instead of running to be a player let’s expand our Reality to think about owning the team! Does it make since that 67% of players in the NFL are black but there are no black owners? Roughly 80 percent of the NBA is white but there is only one black majority owner of an NBA team, Mr. Bob Johnson. It’s not that we can’t it’s just that we haven’t expanded our realities past being players! Instead of buying the gas guzzling Hummer or Escalade expand your reality to be the brain that designs a vehicle that runs off a cheaper more plentiful energy source. Let’s stop being the damn consumers and expand our realities to be the creators!
I cannot for the life of me understand why we as a people have put ourselves in this box, why have we limited what we feel like we can do? I remember an older family member of mine in Moncks Corner, SC telling me when I was like 15 or 16 not to think so big because when you don’t reach your goals you are going to be disappointed. Why would anyone try to instill that in a young man’s brain? Why does an older person have such a limited vision on the reality of life? You don’t teach kids to be but so much, you teach kids to be all that they can be. We have to shatter that glass ceiling that we’ve created for ourselves and expand our reality. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. had a dream. That dream has become a reality. To not expand on that reality shows a major weakness in your character. And as a wise man once told me, the weaknesses of your character must be manifested before the strengths of your character can be perfected. Expand your Reality people; the future pursuit of perfection in our society depends on it.
Charlamagne Tha God