One of the most hopeless exhibitions I’ve ever seen displayed in our community was recently recorded by young black men in a New Orleans neighborhood. They are probably making fun of this man that would be labeled a “crack head” because they are amused by a song he sings that is an amazing cover of Lyfe Jennings’ “Must Be Nice” as “Must Be Crack.”
The man could win on the X-Factor tomorrow. He not only sings, but he raps like Lil’ Wayne…but better. He obviously had a dream and somewhere along the way it was crushed and smoked up in a crack pipe. Look at Ted Williams. The Columbus, Oh., man who was homeless and called a crack head. A reporter’s video of him using his “golden voice” got him off the streets, on Dr. Phil, in one of the best rehab facilities in the country and gainfully employed. Inadvertently, this video of him could possibly save his life as well.
It is so important that we do not use objective terms like the word “crack head” to describe these people. They are humans. They have dreams. They have talents, but are simply lost. If we didn’t write them off, how many of them could have returned to normal lives where they could have been functional fathers, mothers, and professionals. It is our hope that someone will see this video and reach out and help this man.