The Shaun is always looking for new ways to amuse himself and stumbled upon howitshouldhaveended.com which contains a collection of videos of reenvisioned endings to movies and video games.
THE SHAUN SAYS THIS…
On this day in which we celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., each of us will reminisce about Dr. King from many view points. Some will simply post a YouTube clip or transcript of his “I Have A Dream” speech and leave it at that. Some will obviously highlight his role in the Civil Rights Movement. Some will take the time to review his unique relationship with Malcolm X. Some will choose to quietly meditate over his life accomplishments and ponder over the possibilities of what could have been if he still was with us today.
Let us quickly add a bit of clarity to those who may have the impression that Dr. King was assassinated over his role in the Civil Right Movement. “The Black Power Mixtape 1678-1975″ discusses the moments leading up to the assignation of Dr. King, highlighting his increasingly anti-military stance on the Vietnam War. The highlight of his anti-war protests was his “Why I Am Opposed To the War In Vietnam” speech that he gave just under a year before he was shot while standing on that balcony in Memphis, Tennessee. While his “I Have A Dream” speech is Dr. King’s most popular speech, some have argued this was is his most impact-full as well as the real reason he was killed.
So The Shaun says…WHAT IF?
What if Dr. King was allowed to transition the Civil Rights Movement into the Human Rights movement he seemingly leaned toward near the time of his death. One has to wonder how far we actually could have gone and the infinite possibilities for progress that could have been reached. Would he have had to wait for Obama to see our first non-white President of The United States. Would African-American culture have been exploited as much as it has since his death? Where would Jesse Jackson be still at his side? Would his influence and quest for equal rights reached past the borders of this nation?
Would the world be a different place?
Surely many will consider the episode of the Boondocks if which Dr. King awoke after a 40 year coma to return and see how much the world had changed without him. In this episode, Aaron McGruder illustrates King’s reaction as first confusion then frustration over, in his view, the decline of African-American culture in his absence.
It is very easy to anyone to assume that Dr. King would not approve of not only the state of current state of African-American culture but global society as a whole. Yet what is interesting to ponder is even though we all can assume Dr. King wouldn’t approve of it, we stay intent on going along with the current state of affairs. Even though we KNOW King would openly speak up against the open disrespect and exploitation of our young women, we support a culture that encourages them act as Jezebels and whores to succeed. Even though we KNOW King would insist on organizing and leading marches in our street to gather these young brothers selling drugs of the corners. Even though we KNOW Dr. King would DEMAND MORE from the church, we accept their role of REactivity as opposed to PROactivity.
So The Shaun asks you to be honest with yourself and ponder how much progress have we really made since Dr. King’s death? How much potential have we left untapped? Can it not be argued that mentally and spiritually we have actually taken several steps back from the days of Dr. King?
We have the audacity to openly joke about streets named after Dr. King being the most violent in our major cities instead of treating them as sacred ground to support and grow our youth. We naively pat ourselves on the back and say the King’s “Dream” is still alive when nothing could be further from the truth. Are we truly ignorant enough to believe THIS is the DREAM, Dr. King spoke of?! You really believe THIS is what he wanted?
We have brothers unemployed and/or locked up more than ever while others become slaves to drugs, sex and money.
We have sisters openly dressing like prostitutes at a younger and younger age while fighting each other and stabbing each other in the back as they embarrass themselves on TV.
The traditional black family has become an extinct species right before our very eyes!
YET WE HAVE THE NERVE TO SAY THE DREAM IS ALIVE
Every year we get together on the 3rd Monday in January to “remember” Dr. Martin Luther King Jr and act as if so much as been accomplished since he was taken from us. Some of you will read this with your lip twisted and your eyes rolled into the back of your head because you think that the It is about time that we cherish his memory properly by living the actually DREAM he spoke of and not the mockery we have made of his legacy.
The Shaun DARES you to watch this video and not want to instantly make sweeping changes in your life!
The Shaun DARES you to watch this video and not immediately start thinking of people you need to stop dealing with!
The Shaun DARES you to watch this video and not immediately reconsider your current relationship!
The Shaun DARES you to watch this video and not immediately reconsider your BEST!
The Shaun DARES you to watch this video and not immediately reconsider your current spiritual path!
The Shaun DARES you to watch this video and immediately reconsider YOUR LIFE!
The Shaun DARES you to watch this video and not feel a fire light up inside of you!
The Shaun DARES you to watch this video and not want to call your parents then apologize for not being everything you were capable of being!
This Barack Obama in the way the internet world sees him. The Shaun wanted to give you a dose of what The Shaun will be expanding on in the coming days. This video is not a viral hit because of the quality of music or the humor presented but because simply there are those who believe that THIS is who Obama is behind closed doors.
The Shaun will reserve his expanded thoughts on the death of Osama Bin Laden for a more appropriate day and time. However The Shaun will allow himself to be entertained and tip his cat to Alphacat for flipping another Youtube hit in a week’s time.
Real talk…this Alphacat is another one of these YouTube cover artists that adds a different twist to the music that out there but laces it with his own social commentary. By bringing you a message dropped subtlety in the music you’re familiar, you often catches yourself in mid-laugh to think, “Damn he really said something there!”