People love to talk about giving back to the community, but what community would that be? Would it be a community of residence or a community of people? A community of residence is no more than a neighborhood we resided in and generally owned nothing! Often it lacks the basic necessities and is controlled by slum lords, drugs, gangs, and only held together by a few good hard working honest people that dress their homes up with steel bars masking the fear that resides within. The community of our people is the only community that really matters; it has no bounders and is rooted in a history of love, blood, sweat, culture, pain, and dignity. In my opinion it is impossible to give back to a residential (neighborhood) if that neighborhood gave you nothing to take forward in the first place, but it is all possible to give back to the community of people that reside in that neighborhood. Remember if enough is given back to the people of a community, the communities will change themselves!
©2012 Thomas L. White III