Monday was Washington D.C.’s annual African American Family Day at the National Zoo. We’d been hearing about the event for several years…some positive and some negative. This year we decided to venture downtown to check out the festivities. To be honest we had mixed feelings during our experience. Of course we love our people and whenever we have the opportunity to be at a gathering where the intention is to lift up black family that’s all the more better. It was definitely good seeing families out and about having a good time. It was also disturbing to see an overwhelming number of youth behaving in a disrespectful manner in the presence of elders, men, women and children. Some of the behavior made me ask myself “Is African American Family Day at the National Zoo because some think and feel that such a location best suits our people?” Just a fleeting thought. I did google the event when I got home and learned that the free gathering dates back to the 1890s. Oral history says that black domestic workers were required to work on Easter, so Monday was the day of family celebration. All in all we had a good time…..but I must say…Parents get your kids in check. It’s absolutely senseless that a young boy was “jumped” and stabbed while we were there.
These are just a few of the comments I’ve seen since on various websites since the ruckus happened.
“Such a lovely culture they have.”
“If they insist on acting like animals then we have to treat them like animals.”
“The whole area entailing Washington DC and Prince George’s County Maryland ,IS the National Zoo.”
“…and obviously the zoo is precisely where these animals belong.”
B INTENTIONAL……STOP PLAYIN – START PUSHIN