by Nadra Enzi (“Cap Black”), Contributing Writer
My maternal grandparents gave me my worldview. This worldview has been tested by time, challenges and exploration of many philosophies. That said, I’ve found nothing superior to their loving counsel and example from my childhood.
Grand Dad bequeathed a moral code informed by the Bible and the Knights of the Round Table. He enriched my active imagination with his love of martial history, comic books, Westerns and pulp novel heroes. He personified what an intelligent, safety-conscious man should be. Little did I know how much I’d need such an example as inner-city America became a haven for thugs and real life zombies from the late 1980s forward.
Grand Ma was the compassionate warrior, much loved by former students from her teaching career and someone who simply loved America enough to fight for it, if need be. From her I saw someone who demonstrated the power of Agape love and reverence. On the eve of big moments, she’d often advise me to say, “This is the day that the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it.” Her moral warnings echo in the background while waging the culture war against the left.
As I take up their mantle, in my own Hood conservative way, I daily realize how I can’t go wrong by following in the footsteps of a man who always prayed on his knees before going to bed and a woman who painfully drew herself to her full five feet, hand over her heart, whenever the National Anthem played on TV. That’s an American Blackness and Americanism which seems in such short supply today!
I’m old school in my advocacy, in honor of Grand Dad and Grand Ma and hope others do the same while all we hold dear is slowly deleted from America’s social software!
Nadra Enzi aka Cap Black is an anti-crime activist and Project 21 member in New Orleans. Twitter: @nadraenzi