The real change guy outside of the UDistrict Safeway passed away. His back story is very interesting considering where he ended up.
In 2009 he was Vendor of the week and left with this:
“You only go around one time in this life. Live it to the fullest. When I die, I don’t want them to say I didn’t do this, I didn’t do that. When I die I want them to say, he didn’t leave a rock unturned. Life is so fragile; you don’t know when it is going to end, so enjoy your life. ‘Cause you won’t go around twice. Once you pass 14 you’ll never see 14 again. I wish for the whole world that they get a chance to enjoy their life. So that when they get to be 60 or 70 years old they can say, well, I did this, I did that, I achieved this, I achieved that. That’s what I’d like to wish my customers: The very best of everything.”
WHY THE PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION 2012 MATTERS (AmbassadorNique Productions)
Even though it feels like every four years we hear the same chant that this is the biggest election of our generation, this time there may be some truth. There are many things that our generation of young adults have championed. In order to turn those jump starts into reality we must follow through and work even harder to elect those who have the power to make policy. This is why THIS Presidential Election matters.
Well one week later CNN has decided to cover the Chavis Carter story. I guess I have to give them the benefit of the doubt and say they were just waiting to get all of the facts… This story is definitely a sad one… As a relatively young black male myself this is honestly scary. There is obviously already a societal disconnect and discomfort between many young African American males (people of color for that matter) and the police in the United States, and cases like these only further give reasons why. Condolences to his family. Rest in Peace Chavis Carter.
I thought this was an amazing story! This woman was dealt a hand that would cause most people to fold, yet she still found a way to be ambitious chase her dreams and make her way through the obstacles.
Through patience and perseverance, hard work and dedication anything is possible. Sometimes success in life is about timing and being able to take advantage when opportunity presents itself. Its still sad to think that 1972 was not so long ago. In the words of Marvin Gay(e) “War Is Not The Answer… for only love can conquer hate”