The movie character Rocky Balboa said It’s not about how hard you hit. It’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward. How much you can take and keep moving forward.
You have hit us hard.
Shackled us in the chains of bondage
Lynched us under cover of night
Brutalized us for the color of our skin
Beat us when we demanded to be treated as equals
Oppressed us economically
Marginalized us socially
Devalued our lives
But we keep moving forward.
Does that surprise you? It shouldn’t. We are a unique people; our indomitable spirit keeps us moving forward in the face of all things done against us. It is a spirit that not only keeps us moving forward; it has protected and strengthened us. It is a spirit that screams WE ARE BLACK EXCELLENCE!
The echo of gunshots filled the air.
And the young man’s lifeless body fell to the ground.
The cries of I can’t breathe filled the air.
And the young man’s lifeless body fell to the ground.
The howls of disbelief filled the courtroom.
And the defendant walked free once more.
The sound of silence filled the halls of the city, state, and nation’s capitals.
And those in power did nothing yet again.
For centuries, our lives have been devalued by those who see only the color of our skin.
Have we not helped build this nation?
Have we not fought for this nation?
Have we not shown time after time our love for this nation?
Have we not been every bit the American that you believe yourself to be?
Because of your hatred, your racism we must scream for the world to hear that Black Lives Matter because, for 400 years, you have demonstrated that to you it doesn’t. It isn’t a logical mentality, but it is true.
It’ll get cooler – President Trump September 14, 2020
COVID-19 is ravaging the nation with close to 200,000 lives lost and countless more impacted with its long-term after-effects.
Unemployment is devastating individuals economically, with close to 30 million Americans relying on unemployment benefits.
Hunger is overwhelming families with food security affecting over 37 million U.S. households.
Homelessness is impacting our most vulnerable with1.5 million students classified by the U.S. Department of Education as homeless because of unstable living situations.
Now more than ever, we should be banning together under the banner of brotherhood, elevating the things that bind us together, cherishing our values, helping others, and holding each one close.
Sadly, in these turbulent times, our current leadership chooses to ramp up the message of hate, devaluing the lives of people of color, setting a tone of callousness and division. A tone that will never allow us to band together to nurture this nation back to health.
As our country slowly dies in front of their eyes, those who embrace racism have just one thought, hate. It is all that has ever mattered to them since they raided our land, tore us from our families, herded us together like cattle, and sold us as slaves. And their hatred only grows as our demands to live our lives in equality and dignity grows. As Mr. Spock would say, it does not make sense to expect sense from such a mentality is not logical.
The chains of bondage could not break us.
The whips could not break us.
The burning crosses could not break us.
The dogs and fires hoses could not break us.
The knee on our necks could not break us.
From the moment you saw us, you have tried to break us.
Maybe it’s because the moment you saw us, you knew we didn’t walk, we didn’t run, we soared. You knew we would never get caught in the rain because we soared high above the clouds, and there was nothing we couldn’t accomplish.
Did you fear that?
Did you think your hatred and violence would make you better than us?
Did you think we would simply go away?
Have you not seen that we are a people of extraordinary character?
Have you not recognized that after centuries of trying to break us, we are only getting stronger?
Have you not realized that our hearts, minds, and souls, that which is truly ours, can never be taken from us, can never be broken?
Do you not see
We are Black and
We are beautiful.
How dare you believe that you can question our patriotism when we kneel to bring light to the killing of our people. When we have fought, bled, and given our life in EVERY war, this nation has seen. Only to return home and be treated as a second class citizen.
How dare you suppose that you can tell us it’s not Black Lives that Matter; it’s that All Lives Matter when you have shown a disregard for our lives for over four hundred years.
How dare you assume that you can tell us how I should protest when yet another person of color has been struck down while you dress up in paramilitary outfits with automatic weapons and storm state capitols to protest a lockdown designed to slow the spread of a deadly virus so that you can get a haircut or go to Starbucks.
How dare you think you can infer we are anarchists when you applaud a 17-year-old boy with an automatic weapon roaming the streets and call white nationalists very fine people.
How dare you presume you can say anything when for over for 400 years you have benefited from our oppression
You cannot begin to know the extent of our sorrow, pain, and anger due to the systematic racism you have cultivated for four hundred years.
How dare you!
Things that make you go hmmm.
Hurricanes normally originate in the Atlantic basin.
It is estimated at least 2 million captured Africans died during their transport to the Caribbean and Americas. Many of their bodies dumped in the Atlantic Basin.
Maybe Hurricanes are the restless souls of lost Africans?
Congratulations to Naomi Osaka not only on winning her 2nd U.S. Open and 3rd Grand slam title but for having the courage, and if you think it doesn’t take courage you must not have heard the boos the other night during the Chiefs Texans game for the moment of unity, to use her celebrity to bring attention to Black Lives Matter and the victims of police brutality.