Eyes a free man, massa!

In Inspiration, Knowledge, Motivation, Truth, Wisdom by Cliff Green16 Comments

About a month ago I wrote about accomplishing a goal that I would write a post about on a future date. I figured today is a better time than any talk about it due to the movie “The Birth of Nation”. In which just premiered this past Friday. This movie will hopefully bring back the spirit of Nat Turner. But back to the topic at hand, a few months ago I completely paid off my school loans. Hence the title of this post, “Eyes a Free Man, Massa!”

When it comes to loans you can have one big loan from one bank or you can have many from the same bank or many from several different banks. I had several (about ten) all from the same bank.

Over the past couple of years I have accumulated a large sum of money from grinding, hustling, sacrificing and keeping my eyes on the goal at hand. The amount of money that I accumulated was enough to pay off my loans in one full sweep, in which I was contemplating for months. Ask any of my friends I would not keep my mouth closed when it came to those loans. I felt like they were such a burden to have weighing on my back. Although I didn’t tell anybody about the amount of money I had (You know how people do, they would’ve been all in my pockets asking me for some.) I sure was asking everybody how they would pay off their loans if they had the money to do so. I would ask them if they would pay it all off at once. Would they just pay some off. Would they pay half off and let their money build back up. I got all kinds of answers from everybody.

I decided to pay off one or two loans at a time. When you pay off a school loan the provider sends you a letter in the mail congratulating you on how this account for this much has been paid in full. I paid off about seven loans in three maybe four months. When it came to the last three loans I was hesitating because I would essentially be giving away a lot of money. Plus it had been a month since I had paid off the last ones and the letter still hasn’t come in the mail. Even though it shows paid in full on the site I needed to have that tangible evidence for my own sake. This is when the epiphany struck me. Even though I have concluded years ago that school was set up to be modern-day slavery, I didn’t see how close and really comparable it is to the slavery my ancestors went through. Think about it. I WAS WAITING FOR MY PAPERS to show that I have freedom. I needed that piece of paper to confirm my freedom.

I couldn’t do anything but laugh and frown at the same time. Besides all the serious stuff I write and talk about I still like to enjoy life, laugh and be goofy. I came up with the silly but hilarious idea of running up to white people and saying, “Look massa, eyes a free man! I got my papers! I got my papers!” I told a couple of my friends this and they laughed and told me that I’m a bonafied you know. But seriously I honestly think that would be hilarious. I really want to start doing that and putting it on video. Just to see the responses I get. It would probably offend a lot of people but so be it. I’m pretty sure my ancestors were offended everyday. So lighten up!

I want this to be enlightening to any teenager considering college. Carefully consider all of your options. You do not and I repeat, you DO NOT want to start your life off in debt. And that is what college does. I will break down the game of college in a future post so that I don not make this one too long. (Free Game) I know that sometimes it seems that I go to hard on people but I do it out of love. I want the best for everybody. I am really 25, Black and ALIVE in the complete sense of the word. I would like for you to get there as well. Because there isn’t anything better than being able to say, “EYES A FREE MAN!”


  1. I’m trying to get like you. Last year I just started taking my loans seriously. I had ignored them for years and let interest pile up, but I started chipping away this year. I was having a conversation w/ a friend the other day about how people ran through their refund checks and never even graduated smh

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      Most of us do run through them check because no one has ever taught us how to properly use them. You figure a young bull from the hood gets a one maybe two thousand dollar check and thinks he hit the lottery. I partly can’t blame them, I know I didn’t use my refund checks properly at all. We just have to do our part to give the people the game.
      As for me and getting rid of my loans, I sacrificed a lot in order to get there. It was a struggle but it was worth it.

      1. You’re exactly right. No one ever taught us any better. And everybody from my hood that went to college either blew the check or used it for a reup, neither choice ideal.

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          It’s up to us to inform as many of us that we can so that they don’t fall for the same trap we fell for.

  2. I give you the SINCEREST congratulations on paying off your loans! My life has been completely turned upside down for the loans I’ve borrowed. I work 2 jobs just to maintain – so saving up in bulk isn’t even an option for me. To make matters worse – I can’t consolidate or work out an income-based plan because they are 2 separate lenders (one set of loans being private). Ugh…just a mess. I understand totally when you talk about freedom from loans. Having them just feels like I’m in chains 24/7. I work as a college rep and sometimes it kills me to even enroll students in school. I feel like there are so many better options outside of higher ed… and half of our people don’t even know what they are doing with loans. We have no experience in this area and neither do many of our parents.

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      I really appreciate your words! And I agree with you 1000 percent. But instead of half I would say that the majority of us have no clue as to what we’re doing with loans. None of us nor our parents have any experience or knowledge on them. So our parents send us off to school thinking that they are doing us good when actuality they are feeding us to the wolves. It’s actually sick and wicked. They have the school to prison pipeline form of slavery and they have the school to shool pipeline form of slavery. There are so many moor options that we need to explore. We need to get back into the trades and learn how to build everything from the ground up. If not we will keep falling for this trap. If I come across any thing that will help you relieve your loans I will shoot the information your way. Thanks for sharing your story. Hopefully it will help someone to rethink school.

      1. omg yes yes yes. I live for encouraging trades/focused career paths. Our parents definitely didn’t know any better, did they? To finally have the “same” opportunities as Europeans was what they lived for. To be the 2nd generation of a black family, college wasn’t an option – it was an expectation. We finally had the chance to take part in something that our parents/grandparents fought so hard for and damn us if we didn’t. The education system was never set up to benefit us. We didn’t have wealth and networks/connections to help carry us smoothly through the process. Honestly, in most cases it’s actually detrimental to us. Anyway…let me stop. I can go on for days. lol

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          No please go on for days, I don’t mind. Some times we need to vent and it’s unreal how we live in an information age but yet in still there aren’t many people to talk to about things that actually matter. So your comments are always appreciated. Plus I agree with everything you just said.

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      Thank you for the love! That’s a reason i try to tell the youth to rethink their choice when it comes to school. It is a new form of slavery that they have all of us in. I hope the answer to your loans comes much sooner than 20 years from now! Thanks for tuning in as well!

      1. If I had to do it again, I’d avoid student loans like the devil. It bothers me that they allow 18 -23 year olds access to so much money without mentoring or counseling. It should be mandatory.

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          That is the whole trick right there. Say you are 18, right. Usually at 18 you have no credit. Say you at 18 went into the bank to ask for a loan to buy a house or start a business, you know the things that you need in life. They would laugh at you and tell you to leave the premises. Now say that same 18 year old person goes and asks for the same amount of money to go to school. They willfully give it to you knowing that in reality you won’t be able to pay it back. They tell you to go to school so that you can get a job and buy a house without telling you that school doesn’t guarantee a job. Now you have all this debt and no job. I can go on for days on how wicked this system is.

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