This gave me chills!
Motivational speaker Eric Thomas grew up homeless in Detroit. Both his grandfather and father never graduated from high school. He was following in the same footsteps until he met a minister who inspired him to finish school and make a better way for himself.
Today, he has a Ph.D in education administration from Michigan State. He also speaks at private corporate functions, regularly works with the NFL and NBA, and charges anywhere between $10,000 to $100,000 for an appearance. So, when he was asked to speak at a St. Louis high school where 70% of the students read below grade level, he chose to do it for free.
In an effort to give back, he stood before students at Vashon High School, encouraging them to do well in school. However, some of the students kept talking and laughing during the speech, causing Thomas to continually ask them to be quiet. They didn’t listen. That’s when everything took a turn and Thomas lost his cool.
“Have you lost your mind?!” Thomas goes off after being disrespected by a room full of teenagers. See the full video!
He gets very upset
Eric Thomas stopped in the middle of his speech to scold the disrespectful kids.
“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 and 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.” The author, minister, and teacher said to a room filled with underage youth who were interrupting his speech.
“I ain’t 20-years-old. I ain’t 19-years-old. I’m a grown man. I’m here because I love you. I’m here because I love ya’ll, they ain’t paid me a dime,” he continued.
“Ain’t nothing funny”
The ‘Hip Hop Preacher,’ in which he goes by, also pointed out that he speaks to kids of all different races, but it’s the kids of his own race that give him the most grief.
“Do you know that if I go to a Jewish school, those kids are quiet. If I go to a white school, those kids are quiet. If I go to a Latino school, those kids are quiet. The only kids that disrespect me are black kids. That’s it, my own, are the only ones who disrespect me. I work in any other school and they’re taking notes. I come home, you’re talking. You’re capping jokes. You think something is funny. Look how we’re living. Ain’t nothing funny. Ain’t nothing funny y’all,” he said.