Wait your turn young fella!
How old are you??
You young people just don’t get it.
At some point in our lives someone a person in a position of authority told us one of the aforementioned phrases.
How did it make you feel?
Did you feel like that person was undermining your efforts?
I bet you probably said “When are they going to step out of the way and pass me the torch?”
The incident during the Perri Small show yesterday in the studio at WVON was disheartening on so many levels.
The next day on the show, a question was raised: Is the Louis Farrakhan and the Nation of Islam still relevant in the community?
Media Intern and occasional on-air contributor Aven Deese believes that the Nation of Islam no longer resonates with the community.
Former 3rd ward Alderman Dorothy Tillman got wind of Aven’s statements regarding the relevance of the NOI.
Tillman came into the studio to tell Aven that she disagreed with his statements.
From all reports, a verbal disagreement ensued.
Former Alderman Tillman hosts a weekend show at WVON called Coffee, Tea & Conversation with Dorothy Tillman.
Tillman’s accolades are well known (Being instrumental in getting the city’s first black mayor Harold Washington).
Also, her missteps are well-documented (click here to see).
In 2007, more than half of the 3rd ward residents thought that Tillman should no longer be their Alderman. Many felt that she was out of touch with reality.
As I have gotten older, I have realized that the people who have been in leadership positions for decades have a hard time letting go. They are also reluctant to let younger generation to take the helm.
Remember when most of the long-time civil rights leaders (I don’t need to name names since we know who they were) initially backed Hillary Clinton over Barack Obama?
The long-time leaders in our communities need to realize that the new generation of leaders will not wait to be told that they can lead. They will take these leadership positions however they see fit.
Like Tillman and the other people from a previous era in our community, my generation has their own thoughts, feelings, and opinions.
My generation should not be dismissed because of our youth.
Our generation is smart, educated, and tech savvy.
I honestly thought about writing a blog chiding the former Alderman for what she did.
I thought better of that idea because I did not want to play into the hands of the people from the previous generation who would have no problem reading me the “Young people are so disrespectful” riot act.
Aven isn’t one of the Fast Eddie’s (Burke and Vrdolyak). He is a person with an opinion.
I am not sure why former Alderman Tillman treated him as such.
He only said something that most in our peer group already believe.
Contrary to popular belief, my generation has no problem taking advice from our predecessors.
We welcome it. We’re going to need it at some point.
We draw the line when we feel that we are being undermined.
Dorothy Tillman has a weekend show on WVON. Let’s see if she invites Aven over for tea and coffee.