We ask when. We ask who. We ask why. But nothing will happen until we stop asking and start doing. You say "I can't do everything." No, but you can do something. You say "I am only one person." But you are one. Here are some things that each of us caan do to contribute our part in solving our problems. 1. Take the money you spend on hair, cigarettes, liquor, refer, and use it tohelp your local schools. Buy supplies and clothes for the school children. But...but...but those are my only pleasures in life. You want me to give them up? The poor man who clings to pleasure clings to poverty. These so called pleasures actually eat up the resources we need to gain even greater and longer lasting pleasures. 2. Be a big brother/sister to some kids and take them to museums, parks and other places they don't get to go. 3. Dedicate a weekend to teach music. 4. Have a Summer Spoken Word BBQ in your backyard or in the park. Make sure you go through the necessary channels for a city permit to use the park without harassment. Don't assume they won't let you do it because you are Black. Only when we assume people are going to do the right thing and then they don't can we prove racism. To assume the worst is to let true racism go unchallenged. And I mean challenged not with private criticism but with public action. 5. Write your congressman and urge him to promote programs that support solutions rather than allow people to get rich off the problem. 6. Think about the gifts and knowledge that you have and how you can use these. Racism thrives in assumptions. When we assume racism we become quixotic and allow racism to hide behind our actions or lack thereof. Moving forward and inch at a time is better than not moving at all.