In the sixties we had the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and we had a president named John F. Kennedy. At that time we as a people (African American and Caribbean) people knew what it meant to be a proud people. We stood together and fought for equality. We broke down racial barriers in peaceful demonstrations even though we were hosed, beaten, arrested and set upon by dogs.In recent years however, we have become doggish towards each other. We no longer think that fighting to make a better life for our children of any importance. We put more value in the clothes on our backs than who is on our backs. We kill to wear what is called BLING and keep on killing when we realize the bling gets us no where.Now here we are in another era of break-through-we think. Will we be able to find our way back to the time when being of African descent a proud thing to be? Will we stop addressing our children by derogatory names that erode their sense of pride, dignity and self-esteem? Will we take responsibility for the things we do or not do? Will we sit on our hands and only lift them for a hand-out because Barack Obama is President? One man can't save a nation, it takes each person to save themselves and on the way up reach back and help the person struggling to make it. Too many of our people distrust each other when we should be building an empire together. Instead of building we spend our energies ripping each other apart with hateful words, envy, gossip, robbery and murder. How can President Obama help us live in a better America when we aren't willing to help ourselves?We need to KNOW that we WILL NOT succeed in changing our societies until we are of one mind-set and that mind-set is to remember who we are as a people and from whence we came before enslavement. We need to begin the process by putting an end to self-hate, self-abuse and self-destruction. Begin speaking positive words to our children and honor our Ancestors. Then and only then will we see CHANGE! Change can only come when we begin self-introspection and vomit out the bitterness and divisiveness that was left in our guts since the days of enslavement which has been passed from generation to generation. No one ever considered that our ancestors would need therapy to undo the mind-altering device placed in them by the Willie Lynch slave control mechanism. We have to acknowledge these facts, face them, make conscious decisions to change the way we think, the way we see ourselves, our children, our communities, our people and the world, regardless of what others may say to and about us.So President Obama is here but HE cannot change what he cannot control. You, me and the rest of Black America, and the Caribbean are in total control of our destiny.