Trayvon. Michael. Emanuel A.M.E. Church, Charleston, NC.
These names will forever be synonymous with two of America’s most disturbingly recurring issues to date: gun violence and racism.
Yet in the aftermath of each heartwrenching tragedy, small steps for change always see the light: most recently, the removal of the Confederate flag on the Capitol grounds today in Montgomery, AL.
So in the true spirit of healing, loving our brothas and sistas (race not included) and the undying hustle for change, here are five lessons we can learn from 2Pac’s “Changes.”
- “I got love for my brother but we can never go nowhere, unless we share with each other.”
AKA: The first step to change is the willingness to be open to change.
- “We gotta start makin’ changes. Learn to see me as a brother ‘stead of two distant strangers.”
AKA: To spark true change, respect and appreciate others.
- “It takes skill to be real. Time to heal each other.”
AKA: It takes courage to admit your faults and do right by others. But it’s always worth it.
- “Don’t let ’em jack you up, back you up, crack you up and pimp smack you up. You gotta learn to hold ya own.”
AKA: Mark your own path in life. Forge your destiny. Follow no one.
- “It’s time for us as a people to start makin’ some changes. Let’s change the way we eat, let’s change the way we live and let’s change the way we treat each other.”
AKA: Be better.
Written by Sara