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"Moden Day Bullies - Commentary by Lucius Gantt"

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The Gantt Report - No matter where you live in the world or where you are, someone is attempting to order you around! You can live in a big city, a small town or a little village, if you were born, youíve experienced a bully that only wants you to do what the bully says do.

When you were a child mama and daddy told you what to do, in grade school perhaps a classmate desired to order you around and as an adult rogue cops are often bullies saying give me your license, hands behind your head or get on the ground!

But bullies arenít so big and bad. Most ďbulliesĒ can talk a good fight but when you put up your dukes, the average bully will turn into the coward he is.

Starting today, donít let the bullies in your life tell you what to do, what to say or what to write.

Do what you want to as long as your action is legal, honorable, equitable, moral and otherwise righteous. Say what you want to as long as your words are honest, truthful, sensitive, compassionate, caring and so forth.

Iím a writer and people oftentimes tell me what they think I should or shouldnít write. Devilish, modern day bullies are always telling me if I donít write about what they tell me to I won't be around long or that publishers would refuse to print my report. If I donít, they say they will ruin my career, they say they will damage my reputation or they say they cause me severe economic hardship.

I tell my bullies the same thing the brave child tells the play ground bully. When the bully says ďStep across that line I drew in the sandĒ or ĒKnock this chip off that I put on my shoulderĒ

The kid thatís not afraid of the bully says, ďYou make me cross or you make me knock the chip offĒ!

I tell folk if you donít like me to write about politics or religion or romance or whatever, do something to stop me. If you think Iím writing lies, sue me for slander. If you think my words are arbitrary or malicious, write a letter to the newspaper editors and call me out.

I ask all of the literary bullies that want to control reporters and columnists where would we be if our forefathers and ancestors were afraid to do the right thing because a bully asked them to be. Where would we be if Nat Turner, Denmark Vesey, Harriet Tubman and Frederick Douglass didnít stand up and speak out about the overseers and other slavery day bullies. Where would we be if Marcus Garvey didnít say Race First, if Malcolm X didnít say By Any Means Necessary, if Rosa Parks didnít say Iím not moving to the back of the bus or if Martin Luther King Jr. didnít preach about ending civil rights abuses and unjust wars like the Vietnam conflict?

We have to teach our children to be men and women and not puppets and boot licking lackeys!

Donít ever be scared to do the right thing, say the right thing or write the right words because God is on your side. Your bully can be apparently powerful and as big as a tree but when your bully is a big tree, so to speak, the truth can be a small axe!

Goliath was a Biblical bully but Goliath was slain by little old David who discarded all of the armor and weapons of war given to him by his supporters and only used a small sling shot!

The truth and the right will bring any bully to their knees. Donít let the modern day devils bully you around. (BUy Gantt's new book "Beast Too: Dead Man Writing" or contact Lucius at

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