Moving Away From The ‘Hood: Quick, Fast, And In A Hurry!

At last count, there are well over one million moving trucks in the United States. Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, Hertz, Home Depot, Lowes, National, Penske, Ryder, Thrifty, U-Haul. All types, sizes, and capacities. Some gasoline powered; some diesel. Some with automated transmissions; others with standard shifting. And, with a reservation, drivers license, and destination, anyone can rent any one of these well over one million trucks. For more ambitious moves, one can even hire a trucking or moving firm to pack, load, and transport your belongings to your new destination. And you don’t even need papers to cross state lines. Just enough gumption and gas money to do so.

So, what’s the hold up? What’s keeping you from moving away from the ‘Hood?

For Those of you who have already moved out:


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Wasn’t it a great feeling to pull off from the curb, and start your journey away from the ‘Hood? Although you’re likely already unpacked, you just might still have a wee bit of work to do. Because reaching your higher destiny is more than a matter of simple relocation. I know more than a few persons who packed their belongings and moved to more progressive surroundings, but who still brought their ghetto ways with them. Along with their other family heirlooms, they packed their ghetto ways neatly and safely in bubble wrap, placed them in a box specially designed to transport such fragile objects, and hand-carried them in the cab of the truck to make doubly sure no breakage would come to these treasures. So, despite their new living environment and their new opportunities, they permitted their old and tired ways to compromise their advancement.

Sound familiar?

For those of you who haven’t moved out:


Are you still waiting for some program or some leader to come down your street, knock on your door, and lift you out of your circumstances? Are you still waiting for (Hoping for; Praying for) Reparations, so you can “finally get on your feet?” HA! Guess what? IT AIN’T HAPPENING! The Advancement isn’t coming to your neighborhood to rescue you.

Pick Up and Leave the ‘Hood. Now!!!

Look! There! In your mirror! There!

Right in front of you is the program or leader that can lift you out your circumstances. YOU have to seek out your higher destiny. YOU have to want it more than the comfort of those things that are familiar to you. And, YOU have to put your plan for moving out the ‘Hood into action. That means if you want more than the ‘Hood for yourself and for your family, then you have to learn to exist beyond the ‘Hood. You have to MOVE OUT, and away from the racial and cultural isolation that is so pervasive there. What you seek is simply not in the ‘Hood. It never has been, and it never will be. And, in your heart, you know it. Most of us do. But, tragically, we’ve just become too comfortable with the discomfort. Too comfortable with the crime. Too comfortable with the danger, the dirt, and the excuses. Or, even more tragically, we’ve become too concerned about what others will think about us if we move away.

That “trapped in the ‘Hood” feeling exists only in your mind and in your soul. Each day that you remain is a choice; a choice to reap all the problems and dangers of the ‘Hood.

Let’s see what we can do to get you moving!



Dr. James Davison, Jr. is an African-American licensed psychologist and university professor. He conducts a private practice in Seattle, Washington, and has appeared on several nationally-aired programs including The Phil Donahue Show, National Public Radio’s All Things Considered and C-SPAN. Dr. Davison hails from Philadelphia, and is the author of several books - Prisoners Of Our Past and Sweet Release - related to individuality and personal freedom for African-Americans.