“When People Love You, You Don’t Do Them Like Dirt” Eric Thomas Shifts Message When Student Is Talking During His Speech

March 15, 2016  |  

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Anyone who works with children knows they can be a handful. You know how we were as children, so many of the lessons adults tried to impart to us fell on deaf ears simply because we weren’t mature enough to appreciate them.

That’s what almost happened during a speech Eric Thomas gave at a St Louis high school. While he was attempting to speak to them, to share some wisdom and knowledge, a student kept talking, cracking jokes with the people sitting around him.

And instead of getting discouraged, Thomas went off script, off program and tailored his speech. Thomas’ impromptu lesson has since gone viral.

Check out a few highlights below and then watch the full thing, which just might inspire you too, in the video below.

I’m not playing now and this is why I get so frustrated. Shh…Somebody’s still talking, c’mon. Bruh I promise you, I love you bruh. Listen to me very closely. They pay me $50,000 to $100,000 when I speak to corporate America. I go to a basketball program, they pay me good. I ain’t getting a dime here. I’m here because I love you. But I’ll be darned if I come here for free and you disrespect me. I ain’t 20-years-old, I ain’t 19-years-old. I’m a grown man. I’m here because I love you. They ain’t pay me a dime. Matter of fact, I came here to use my influence to raise money so a group of kids can raise money to go to Costa Rica. I’m not here to get nothing. I’m here to give you something. And listen to me closely, when people love you, you don’t do them like dirt. 

When people care for you, you don’t disrespect them. You aint got be a few people who care for you in this world…

I just heard we had a rapper here last night. How many schools did he go to? How many elementary schools? He came here and took your money but he didn’t invest nothing back into you. And you gonna have the nerve to laugh and joke when teachers try and teach you? You got the nerve to act a fool when somebody cares about you? You talking while I’m talking. Do you know when I go to a Jewish school, them kids quiet. If I go to a White school, them kids quiet. If I go to a Latino school, they quiet. The only kids that disrespect me is Black kids, that’s it. My own! 

Look how we living ain’t nothing funny. 

When I got my Ph.D, what embarrassed me, they asking me ‘What’s wrong with our urban schools?’ I’m embarrassed that they talk about y’all. What they don’t know is that you ain’t even trying when you take the test.  You didn’t give your best. They think you’re dumb. You ain’t dumb. You can’t take our people from Africa and put us in the diaspora and spread us all over the world and we survive slavery and we can’t pass a test, c’mon! I ain’t stupid. You take everything from us and we still survive? And you gon’ tell me, we can’t learn how to write? Have you lost your mind? We are survivors, that’s all we do is survive. 

Check out the clip from Thomas’ speech in the video below. 

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