Today, for “Thanksgiving”, I took a walk through a neighborhood a spent a lot of time in when I was growing up. This area seems to have been forgotten by the rest of Atlanta- so much so that the name of the main street has been changed… maybe to sweep the past under the rug? See, I knew this as Simpson Rd. and now It’s called Joseph E. Boone. Blvd. (If you don’t know who Joseph E. Boone is, go read up on a few of the influential Black individuals you weren’t taught about in school) I took this walk to remind myself why I am thankful. I know people right now who have never left this side of town. I’ve lost friends to drugs and violence in the area. I could be a completely different person right now. I COULD be “bangin’”, slangin’”, or even dead. And before I go any further, please don’t think that everything that comes out of the “hood” is bad but understand that just a few blocks east of this neighborhood, on the same damn street, that there are white people walking their dogs, doing yoga and sitting in their offices without a care in the word. Why are my people still shooting each other over dice games and sneakers? Why are my brothers and sisters poisoning themselves and each other with drugs and alcohol? Now, I know that every race and community has its problems and you can call me “pro Black” if you want but I’m not concerned with other races or communities. I want to know why MY people continue to live in the conditions that we do. I want to know why we can’t get it together and rise up. I want to see this and other black neighborhoods prosper and blossom like communities on the north and east side of town.
I took a walk today and saw more abandoned buildings and demolished housing projects than one could imagine. I want to know what happened to the Black community.
Don’t worry, I don’t plan on drastically changing the direction of my blog or anything but do expect to see more photos from my old neighborhood and communities like it. There is an entire side of my city that people have all but forgotten about and that is a problem for me.