What constitutes a hero in modern society?

Why do industries in America do everything in their power to disenfranchise the people making them rich beyond measure?

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Words made famous by Captain America…
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As amazing as my adventures in the military were, I knew my ultimate path would begin once I left it behind.

Because that particular truth is still apparent now as it was then. If you are a person of color, the industry will not accept you, unless you can make it.

Only by being so brilliant, they cannot see you for the light you cast will you be allowed to participate. For as long as they can exploit your powers for their gain.

The facility these wonderful students, my personal Justice League, made would go on to serve two thousand students a semester for five years. When I arrived, it barely served two hundred a year.

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What is the mark of a hero?

  • Is it the striving against impossible odds, knowing you will most likely fail, (or that your detractors hope you will), or is it the tiniest sliver of hope that matters?
  • Should you be driving yourself forward because it is the only reason we are here at all?
  • Nothing matters until we decide it does?
  • Or is all we do part, of a self-aggrandizing program where at the very end of our life, we can look back upon the bodies of all the people we used for our success and take into our death the regrets of the people we used poorly; the people we stole opportunities from, drove into early, suffering graves, so that we might know one more yacht, one more change of furniture at our Hampton’s estate, one more overpriced, hand-build automobile we can never drive anywhere near its top speed?
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I have chosen the foolish, heroic route.

  • Where I try to make the world a better place, one foolish effort at a time.
  • Convincing people to join me in tilting at the social windmills of racism, of classism, of separation, of honor killings, of dispelling LGBTIQA hatred, of environmental protection and the belief in people having an intrinsic value whether they be beggar or mathematical prodigies who can eat Einstein theories for breakfast.
  • This is what it means to me when we say All Lives Matter. Actually treating ALL LIVES AS IF THEY MATTER.
  • That the life of the lowest peasant sitting in an alley in Dubai, has the same intrinsic worth as a prince living in the tallest building there and never have their eyes met.
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No matter I have no decorations for my walls, no pictures of me with famous people, no indications that I am an exemplary individual in any way society sets forth as “being a winner.” I am content with knowing, I have made a difference.

I have made tiny corners of the world better. One person at a time. I have left many students across the world who may secretly, still aspire to the same heroic ideals, but they never tell anyone.

  • Two: Few want to do those things. Heroes do what they do because it is their contribution to a thankless world filled with bastards. Otherwise the world falls into darkness.
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  • There are plenty of people out there who want the same things you do. The trick is to find them. And cherish them. Ask around. They may be closer than you think
  • The world needs champions. People who know right from wrong. People willing to go the extra mile to help someone in need for no recognition, no wealth, nothing but a thank you for a job well done.
  • You will be called crazy. You will often be alone. You will find no one recognizes your efforts, even when they are wildly successful. Helping people in a world filled with selfish, self-obsessed people is often the least gratifying work you can do.

Remember the alternative:

  • A dark world where everyone has given up, a world where no one is concerned with their fellow man except in how he can be served up to your benefit in the future.
  • Think of a world without kindness, without support, without grace or humanity.
  • Imagine a world where everything that exists serves only to strip away the last vestiges of your humanity, for profit.
  • Or for religion, or for ideologies which punish anyone who isn’t a member.
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Two of my students, Zawditu Selassie and Ayori Selassie work with Black Girls Code teaching urban youth coding and app development.
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