The Derek Chauvin verdict was finally justice but let be clear we got Justice today, now we need change tomorrow. We need to come together as a people, people of all colors, and make those who preach racism uncomfortable. Uncomfortable so that they have no choice but to swallow their racism because it will no longer be accepted. Uncomfortable so that they are ashamed even to be seen because we will rebuke them at every turn. Uncomfortable because the America they knew, one of hate, racism, and division is gone and that all people will finally be treated equally. Today was just the first step. We must keep marching.
They say you’re not for everyone, and that’s true. After all, you can’t soar with Eagles when you fly with pigeons. You have never hung out with the masses trying to fit in; You hang out with those striving to special. Those who soar above those content to be ordinary. So yes you’re not for everyone and that’s just fine with you.
It has been so many years since you left this world, but I do not weep because now, as in life, I know you have never left my side. As the years have passed, my love for you has never dimmed; instead, it continues to grow brighter each day. You were special indeed, a mother any son would be lucky to have been blessed to have, and I am who I am today because of the sacrifices you made for me yesterday, and for that, I am eternally grateful. Today on your birthday, I raise a toast to you, Mom, the lady who will always have a special place in my heart.
The seconds that have passed since you started reading this are gone forever. That’s how time works. Once a moment passes, it is gone forever, and life is a series of never-ending moments, some good, some bad, but each defines who you are. Embrace the present, take advantage of the opportunities it presents and learn from the lessons it teaches. Because if you don’t, once the moment has passed, it is gone forever, and if you squander it, you will be left to wonder what if.
Never let someone destroy your happiness. No matter what they may do, never hold a grudge or look for revenge. But do remove them from your life, and trust me when that happens; they will be the one who looks back with regret.
I know many of you reading this are not people of color but are parents, and I want you to ask yourself how you would feel if your child left the house and every time you had to worry if they were coming home. How you would feel if you were visited by the police, who informed you your unarmed child was shot and killed by a police officer. How you would feel if you turned on FOX News and all they were talking about was “Chaos in the Streets,” ignoring the reason for the “chaos” was the killing of your unarmed child. How would you feel if you saw video after video of unarmed white youths not complying with officers telling the officers they have rights, don’t have to get out of the car, and don’t have to give their names, and nothing happens to them.
Men of color, particularly black men of color, have been stereotyped since the minute we were brought here in chains as a threat, simply because of the color of our skin. It is well past time that we stop pretending that everyone who puts on a police uniform is above reproach. Like every aspect of society, there are bad apples among them, and those bad apples see communities of colors not as communities; they are charged with protecting and serving. But as enemy combatants, they must subdue, and if those bad apples make up only one percent of police forces around the nation, that is one percent too many. As Chris Rock once said, American Airlines can’t say most of our pilots like to land; we just got a few bad apples who like to crash into mountains; please bear with us.
We have to do better; We have to have better police training, we have to weed out ALL the bad apples, we have to tune out all the voices looking for excuses and trying to blame the killing of an unarmed black man on the black man who was killed and if you can’t see that. If you can’t get behind that 100%, then you are part of the problem.
It’s almost sunrise, are you ready? Because: When they said it could not be done, we said, why not. When they said we’ve come as far as we can go, we took another step. We have never been confined by boundaries. We have always believed there are possibilities. We have an unwavering belief in ourselves and what we can accomplish. We fly upon the wings of our dreams and achieve what few would even dare dream. Are you ready to join us? Are you ready to let go of what you have been taught to believe and start believing in yourself? Are you ready to believe that you are only confined by the boundaries you make up in your mind? Are you ready?
When Donald Trump responding to MLB for taking the all-star game out of Georgia and Corporations speaking out against restrictive voting legislation, says, “They’re woke and woke is not good for our country. Woke is not good,” what he really is saying is: They’re talking about equality both economically and socially. They want “their” voices to be heard at the voting booth. This is not good for “us”; it”s not going to make “our” America great again. And it is “our” America, not “theirs” make no mistake about that, and they’re trying to take it from us.