Time,… is an amazing thing. When chips are down, and dark depression sneaks in, and to a discerning eye, the absolute “lack of a future” looks more promising than what our imagined future may bring,… “time” rises as a true savior. For over time things change. They just do. Over time things improve. They just do. Over time the options for a better future grow…..

Don’t throw it all away, based on what you just see today…. Hold on……..

I remember my initial impression of Rev Al Sharpton when he first surfaced in the Tawana Brawley incident.

He disappeared for a while, to surface during the last campaign as a presidential contender, garnishing the endorsement of Ted Kennedy, of all people.

He emerged a different man. Recently he spoke in Delaware and reading excerpts from his speech posted on Daily Delaware, one senses he has realized that change must derive through positive action….

“If you sow low standards … you are going to reap what you sow,” Sharpton told a packed sanctuary. “When did we decide black culture was about how low we can get?”

The nationally renowned pastor and civil rights leader, in town to celebrate the Rev. Christopher Bullock’s third anniversary at Canaan Baptist, used his time in the pulpit Sunday to condemn last week’s violence in Dover and urge healing through activism by people in their communities.

In a stirring 40-minute sermon frequently interrupted by applause that brought congregants to their feet, Sharpton, 54, called on black Americans to stop the bloodshed in their communities by demanding more from their children, neighbors and culture.

When did manhood become defined by how many people one could take down, he questioned, denouncing violent rap lyrics that are derogatory toward women and laced with racial slurs. Accepting such language is the first step to accepting the behavior that follows, he said.

“Blackness was never about how low you could go. Blackness was about no matter how low you are, you can reach up anyways,” he said.

“Even if you are not responsible for being down, you are responsible for getting up,” he said. “If you are waiting for those who knocked you down to get you up, you’ll never get up, because if they wanted you up, they never would have knocked you down.”

Sharpton zeros in on the best of black culture. He nails those positive traits rising up from deep black roots, from which the rest of us, myself included, could use to improve ourselves as well.

I believe that America will reach its destiny when it finally figures out just how to release the full potential that currently lies squandering in our inner cities.

The first step locally, is to establish a “top notch” Wilmington School District. I said “top notch”.