However, I thought it had it's own stand alone point, and yes, I am getting you addicted to the first shot of heroin for free, so you are compelled to buy my book later:
"However, especially if you are younger, you are going to be heavily tempted to believe these lies because they’re precisely what you want to hear. Doubly so when you consider that nearly every elder in your life is parroting these same sweet tasting lies. And triply so when America culture itself was founded on the “Land of Opportunity” and achieving your dreams. It’s almost “un-American” not to pursue your dreams! But consider one group of people who followed their heart, hoping the money would follow, and perhaps more so than any other group in America;
Young black men.
Young black men as a group disproportionately attempt to become two things more than any other group in America. They put more effort, dedication, sweat, and toil into these endeavors than anybody else. And the entire time they are cheered along by their parent, teacher, and guidance counselor elders because “you can do anything” and “you gotta follow your dreams.”
They want to become rappers and professional athletes.
There’s nothing inherently wrong with wanting to become either. The problem with both, however, is that you’re facing a 1 in 20,000 chance of becoming either, and that is just the minimum definition of a “professional” where you are merely paid. Not an all-star LeBron James or Snoop Dog, but rather one of the thousands of low-paid, no name rappers and minor league athletes who likely have to work another job to make ends meet. But how many millions of young black men “pursued their dream” and failed because nobody dared tell them the truth? Because nobody wanted to hurt their feelings? How many young black men did they send up on the metaphorical “Omaha Beach of Lies” to waste their entire lives chasing dreams that were simply mathematically not possible? Worse, how many of them could have become engineers, accountants, doctors, officers in the military, or other highly-compensated professions had they not been purposely misled to try becoming an athlete or a musician? And so there millions of them sit, operating at only a fraction of their potential because cowards wouldn’t tell them the truth, but would gladly regurgitate sweet-tasting lies."
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