national puerto rican day

African American Day Parade

So this has been running through my mind for a minute, but what encouraged me to finally write on my blog about it was an African American Day Parade post and the comments that followed out with it. I’ve lived in Harlem all my life up until 2006 when I moved. One thing I can say about the African American Day parade in Harlem is that gentrification to me is not the ONLY reason as to why its not as popular as it should be. This has been going on for a hot minute way before the completed form of Harlem being gentrified and fucked over. It has also to do with those who know of the parade but then are quick to go on social sites such as FB and say they ain’t going cause it’s gonna be whack or from other comments I’ve seen they’ve said something like how its just gonna be another shoot out so what’s the point of going. Then you have people who live in nyc and didn’t even know that there was such a thing as an african american day parade. Then of course you have the wonderful media who only post shit up (usually in the newspaper) about the parade when and if there is a shoot out and if they do mention it in a positive light (in only the newspaper!) they put it in a small corner where anyone could obviously miss the shit. I’ve never seen it broadcasted onto TV like they do with for example the National Puerto Rican Day Parade that’s hosted on 5th Ave with every news station tuned in.

The last time I went to the African American Day Parade I remember getting off the train on my way there and expecting to see fellow parade goers holding various sizes of the African American Flag just as the proud parade goers for the Caribbean parade in brooklyn, but sadly that was not the case. Overall when I think about this parade I get so frustrated because i feel like this shit should be a big ass fucking deal, I want lights camera action on this motherfucker to show that we the best and sadly we don’t receive that kind of recognition. I want large ass crowds of people on the ave, on the train, every where just turning the fuck up for our parade and I haven’t seen it yet. Yeah there are crowds but it ain’t as much as it should be. Also I understand that there is an importance for why it’s hosted on 7th Avenue but I feel like since we ain’t getting no where with that location, we might as well follow up and take over fifth avenue,I think it’s only right.