My mom and I were celebrating White Privilege outside the log house where I was born in Mountain Home. We were privileged not to have running water, air conditioning or a TV set while I was growing up and when I moved away after high school graduation.
I’m not bitter, if I could choose my life, NOTHING would change. I thank the government for not giving my family welfare and cheating me out of the experience of doing hard labor. I was the first member of my family to graduate from college and run a six billion dollar organization.
My daughter is the first family member to graduate with a Chemical Engineering Degree, MD and to become Chief of Surgery at a fabulous new hospital. These things don’t just happen. I did not see my daughter during a 20 year span when she was not sleep deprived. I worried about her while she served a six month combat tour in Afghanistan and while she was the only practicing Pediatric Surgeon in the Air Force.
The great philosopher Bill Gates said, “If you’re born poor it’s not your mistake. But if you die poor, it’s your mistake.”
Of course, circumstances make the richest people poor and the poorest people rich, but usually the path to riches is paved with blood, sweat, tears and HARD WORK.
The color of your skin has nothing to do with the function of your brain.
There are at least 15 black billionaires. They didn’t get rich by having a dozen babies out of wedlock or living off welfare.
A case in point, a black girl was born to a teenage single mother in Mississippi. Growing up, they did not have running water or electricity.
By focusing on school, participating in beauty pageants and then working at a radio station, she was able to enter the media world. She got her big break in television as a host for the local Baltimore talk show, “People Are Talking.”
She shared some tips on making the shift to a wealth mindset.
“The whole idea, I think, of having wealth is not letting wealth use you but you use it,” she said. “Being a person who has come from an outhouse, and very poor circumstances, I can assure you that the more money you get, it really doesn’t change you — unless you are the kind of person who is defined by money.”
That poor black girl is Oprah Winfrey and her net worth is $3.1 billion.
Before I close, here is Gene McVay’s advice: Never stop learning. Reach for the Stars. Never forget your friends regardless of how successful you become. Think. Think. Think.
While my buddies in the Air Force were hanging out and shooting pool, I was attending night school. They all outranked me but I became their boss. As an Air Force Captain, I graduated from the Air War College. I was only able to do that based on my civilian rank of GS-13 at the time and the fact that I had already finished Air Command and Staff College. By the way, when I started college at the University of Maryland, I tested out of all my Freshman classes and started as a Sophomore. I was never a college Freshman.
I know you’re getting bored so I’ll wind down. Be safe and think.