This blog post is dedicated to the many men and women who lost their valuable lives to an overzealous police officer(s).
With the millions of Black people, African-Americans, or Black-Americans that live in the United States of America I know it is hard to get everyone on one accord for the revolution but if you didn’t know, the revolution is happening now! We have been challenged by the “powers that be” to fight back. We have done what we were told and remained docile and some of us stood by and watched as the system continued to destroy our hopes and the dreams of our children. They want to blame the problems of today on the youth and Rap music but we know the TRUTH! The murders of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile on video are traumatizing to say the least. I wouldn’t advise anyone to watch either video if you haven’t already as we need to preserve our mental and emotional health for the ongoing rebirth of our nation. (Yes our nation we built this country.) Marching and protesting is not as effective as it was in the fifties and sixties since being Black in America is no big deal in the twenty first century. We signed hundreds of petitions hoping that the Department of Justice would investigate, indict, and find someone guilty for their sins. We are able to get the process started but once a case enters that courtroom the memories of those gunned down become nothing more than an afterthought.
We as a people, as a community, and as a culture are on death row. We are all locked into the idea of achieving the American dream but what happens to a dream deferred? We live everyday hoping to make it back home and even then are we truly safe from the local police, FBI, CIA, DEA, and so on? There are cameras on your phone, in your television, at the intersection, at work, and school so are we every truly alone? Some prisoners on death row pray their day never comes just so they can die peacefully in their sleep. Is that the American dream? To live within the laws created in 1776? Well I don’t know about you but I’m not on death row and it’s time to regulate!! I’m not condoning violence but I need America to feel us like never before. Boycotting isn’t going to work as we need a long term solution that all of us are realistically able to do.
I’m not going to sit here and allow the anger, sadness, and frustration I feel about police brutality fester inside my soul only to rot and diminish my spirit. Social media is not the answer it is merely a way to bring awareness to these and other types of incidents and causes and don’t look to President Obama as he is in the last days of his final year of the presidency and I’m sure he is looking to leave office peacefully. By now you all should have learned something about the Presidency, I hope. Stop sharing and reposting these traumatic events videos. That is someone’s relative and loved one they don’t need that type of visual memory and neither do you. Go out into your community and do something positive. You are a human being who deserves to live your life without worrying about what type of education your children are getting, running out of food, how you’re going to pay your bills, clean water, or simply waking up to a new day. You deserve to be happy and free of worry. It is going to take a while before all of us have tapped into our own power but all of us; have to exercise that power.