2014-04-04 / Columnists

An Intern’s Take

April Fool
By Ilyassha Shivers

I never really understood the whole idea about April Fools’ Day. If you have the energy or time to play a joke on someone maybe you are the fool. The more I think about it, the more it causes me to question our existence.

As adults we are taught to put away childish things. If this is the case, why are we as a nation obsessed with entertainers and athletes? As the baseball season begins, and the NCAA wraps up March Madness it's clear that sports is about more than just competition. Those who follow sports become a fan. Fan is the base word of the word fanatic.

In the society that we live there is always an attempt to escape reality. For two or three hours the fanatic can live in the world of its favorite athlete. During that escape, time stands still. It doesn't matter how much debt we are in as a nation. It does not matter that we have more people incarcerated than any other country in the free world. The reality is that we are living in difficult times.

I hope I am not raining on anyone’s parade but it is what it is. As I attempt to raise a strong confident and informed young black woman I fight against the media and culture that promotes promiscuity and defiance. Our children have been consumed with materialism and mediocrity. Sneakers and expensive clothes are what are important to too many. Whatever happened to cultural pride and fighting for a cause? Forgive me, but on this April Fools’ Day my mind is not on playing a practical joke, it's on just being practical.

Next week I will put An Intern’s Take to rest and begin a new column. I am still taking suggestion so email me your thoughts and comments. But most important don't forget to read The Wave.

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