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Move forward with a plan

Melvin B. Miller

An unfortunate consequence of racial discrimination is that the victims often become fatalistic. They lose confidence in their capacity to change disadvantageous circumstances. When trouble strikes, it is viewed as unavoidable bad luck. The determination to overcome obstacles has to be implanted in one’s psyche at a young age.

Fifty years or so ago, Blacks had to work hard to achieve goals that were inaccessible. They struggled on with the confidence that circumstances would be free of racial discrimination by the time they were ready. It seemed amazing that so many Black men and women would be willing to work so hard to achieve goals that were presently out of reach.

As Blacks now attain goals that were once so elusive, it is increasingly common to identify Black achievers as the first this or that. It is always exciting for the barrier to Black success to fall. It happens so frequently now, that I fear many of the young take success for granted.

Fortunately, they no longer seem to accept failure as an aspect of being Black. However, there is still the necessity of developing a winning strategy to attain success. The new year is a good time to do it.

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