Everybody Plays the Fool | Jackson Free Press | Jackson, MS

Everybody Plays the Fool

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Ken Stiggers

Miss Doodle Mae: "Jojo, our fearless leader, sensed his discount dollar-store staff feeling hopeless and depressed. So he gave a very straightforward and passionate message during the morning staff meeting."

Jojo: "Allow me to paraphrase lyrics sung by the legendary Soul/R&B group Main Ingredient.

"OK, so your bank account is broken. You sit around moping, whining and crying about politicians, corporations, government and crazy people oppressing you and ruining your life. You say you're even thinking about throwing in your drenched crying towel. Well, before you do anything rash, dig this: Everybody plays the fool in America.

"Why? I'll let Dr. Carter G. Woodson, renowned educator and the founder of Black History Month provide the answer.

"'If you can control a man's thinking, you do not have to worry about his action. When you determine what a man shall think, you do not have to concern yourself about what he will do. If you make a man feel that he is inferior, you do not have to compel him to accept an inferior status, for he will seek it himself.'

"Don't allow the naysayers stop you from acknowledging and studying your history. Therefore, Jojo's Discount Dollar Store will celebrate Black History Month in aisle 7-2/5 with a 'For Those Who Are Genuinely Interested in Black History Sale.' One-dollar copies of Dr. Woodson's book 'The Miseducation of the Negro' will be available.

"Staff, let's go to work and make a difference with confidence."

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