lucius_gantt_1.jpgMany African Americans are glad to see a new year. They hope a new year will change their bank accounts, change their careers, change their housing status from foreclosures to paid-off mortgages, change their health status from poor health to a healthy body and they want to change their bad habits to good habits.

Some people need to or want to change their friends, change their situations, change their opportunities and change their relationships.

But if your life is going to be different, you have to change yourself. Yes, I know when you leave town to go to school, serve in the military or find employment in another location, you return home and seem to find the same guys on the corner or the same women at the nightclub.

However, don’t ever think things have not changed.

If you’re still getting high, still chasing ’hood rats, still over-eating, still crying, still lying and still hating, you have probably changed for the worse. You are probably fatter, dumber, more unhealthy, more unproductive and far more stressed. Since 2014 is a new year, the new year should result in a new you.

In Biblical days, God told his people to leave places like Sodom because of all of the sin that was going on in the city. The people who loved God said if it’s God’s will leaving would be no problem. Others said, “Why should I leave here?”

God told them to leave because he was going to destroy the city. He told the people to leave and to not look back. Of course, some looked back on their way out of town and those who did were turned into stone.

We can’t go back to our hateful ways, our decadent lifestyles, our wicked activities or our crabs-in-a-barrel mentality. African Americans can’t depend on the Democratic black president or the devilish Republican Congress members to improve our lives.

We must depend on ourselves. We must depend on one another.

The status quo in America is not good for the status of black people. We can’t go back if we intend to move forward.

*Lucius Gantt, a political consultant based in Tallahassee, is author of the book Beast Too: Dead Man Writing which is available at You can like The Gantt Report page on Facebook and contact Gantt at