The modern day bully
The Gantt Report
The modern day bully
By Lucius Gantt
No matter where you live in the world or where you are, someone is attempting to order you around! You can live in a big city, a small town or a little village, if you were born, you’ve experienced a bully that only wants you to do what the bully says do.
When you were a child mama and daddy told you what to do, in grade school perhaps a classmate desired to order you around and as an adult rogue cops are often bullies saying give me your license, hands behind your head or get on the ground!
But bullies aren’t so big and bad. Most “bullies” can talk a good fight but when you put up your dukes, the average bully will turn into the coward he is.
Starting today, don’t let the bullies in your life tell you what to do, what to say or what to write.
Do what you want to as long as your action is legal, honorable, equitable, moral and otherwise righteous. Say what you want to as long as your words are honest, truthful, sensitive, compassionate, caring and so forth.
I’m a writer and people oftentimes tell me what they think I should or shouldn’t write. Devilish, modern day bullies are always telling me if I don’t write about what they tell me to. If I don’t, they say they will ruin my career, they say they will damage my reputation or they say they cause me severe economic hardship.
I tell my bullies the same thing the brave child tells the play ground bully. When the bully says “Step across that line I drew in the sand” or “Knock this chip off that I put on my shoulder”
The kid that’s not afraid of the bully says, “You make me cross or you make me knock the chip off”!
I tell folk if you don’t like me to write about politics or religion or romance or whatever, do something to stop me. If you think I’m writing lies, sue me for slander. If you think my words are arbitrary or malicious, write a letter to the newspaper editors and call me out.
I ask all of the literary bullies that want to control reporters and columnists where would we be if our forefathers and ancestors were afraid to do the right thing because a bully asked them to. Where would we be if Nat Turner, Denmark Vesey, Harriet Tubman and Frederick Douglass didn’t stand up and speak out about the overseers and other slavery day bullies. Where would we be if Marcus Garvey didn’t say Race First, if Malcolm X didn’t say By Any Means Necessary, if Rosa Parks didn’t say I’m not moving to the back of the bus or if Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. didn’t preach about ending civil rights abuses and unjust wars like the Vietnam conflict?
We have to teach our children to be men and women and not puppets and boot-licking lackeys!
Don’t ever be scared to do the right thing, say the right thing or write the right words because God is on your side. Your bully can be apparently powerful and as big as a tree but when your bully is a big tree, so to speak, the truth can be a small axe!
Goliath was a Biblical bully but Goliath was slain by little old David who discarded all of the armor and weapons of war given to him but his supporters and only used a small sling shot!
The truth and the right will bring any bully to their knees. Don’t let the modern day devil bully you around.