I don’t like:
Seeing people getting hurt
Seeing innocent business owners watched their life’s work destroyed
Seeing a movement being marred by the actions of those who loot and riot only to enrich themselves or push the narrative in a negative direction for their own depraved political gain
I also don’t like
Open season on African-Americans
Killers who mar the good name of most police officers by masquerading as them
But what I don’t like most of all is a President who does not speak to America but instead hides behind twitter using the tragedy of George Floyd and the subsequent unrest it has sparked to post tweets designed to spread division hate & racism. Tweets designed to motivate his base to harken back to a time when they felt America was Great. A time when “vicious” dogs were unleashed on protesters of racial inequality. Tweets designed to try and keep him in power so he can continue to “loot” this country of its morality and enrich himself.
He did it knowing he was being filmed but he didn’t care because he didn’t think the black man under his knee was a man but an animal.
Three accessories to murder masquerading as police officers watched and not once did one of them think I should stop this because they didn’t think the black man who couldn’t breath was a man but an animal.
They met the protesters with tear gas, mace and rubber bullets because they didn’t think they were men and women but animals.
They didn’t charge him with 1st degree murder because they don’t believe the life he took was that of a man but of an animal.
Wait…I’m wrong because a dog is an animal and they care more about a dog’s life than the lives of African Americans.
I’m one who believes that non-violent civil unrest is the preferred course of action but there can be no denying that when one refuses to allow everyone to drink from the trees of equality, justice and freedom they plant the seeds of anger, resentment and revolution
I have seen many people today including African Americans, denouncing the protests/riots in Minneapolis especially the looting of the Target and while I am a proponent of non-violence it is rather difficult to expect that after centuries of oppression and the senseless killing of our people African Americans are expected to continue to peacefully march and sing we shall overcome.
We will overcome?
We already have overcome:
Our culture being stripped from us
The lost of our ancestral history
We are still battling
Socialinjustice but we have not let it destroy us as a people
Now is the time for America to overcome its
Racism and Bigotry
Only then will America truly be the country it gave lip service to when it was founded. One where all people are created equal.
Even the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. understood there was a time when a peaceful non-violent protest was not always going to bring about the necessary change.
I have grown tired of the endless back and forth. I have grown tired of having to defend my right to shine a spotlight on the killing of Men of Color without also having to prove I’m not anti-police. I have grown tired of certain segments of society telling me to stay quiet, to not protest, to not interrupt their day to day activities, to simply turn the other cheek and move forward. Yet here I am again today watching the news and there it is predictable as can be, individuals like Sean Hannity and Rudy Giuliani using the tragic events of Dallas to denounce Black Lives Matter. Here I am again today going through my social media feed and seeing an increase in the number individuals posting the hashtag All Lives Matter and while it is true all lives matter we need to be honest and real about why the hashtag All Lives Matter became a counter response to Black Lives Matter.
First by saying Black Lives Matter you are not stating that other lives matter less or don’t matter at all. It never was. What Black Lives Matters does is call attention to an inherent problem and that is the senseless killing of Men of Color by those who have been charged with protecting the public. Now let me be clear, because there are those out there who would jump on that statement and call me anti police, which could not be further from the truth. To be a police officer, to know each day you risk your life so society as a whole can be a safer place takes a special person. However there are always bad apples in any group and even if it’s only 1% of the nation’s police force the spot light must shine on that 1% until that 1% is stripped of their power.
Those who blame the senseless killing of five police officers on Black Lives Matter either don’t get it or don’t want to get it. They are the real race baiters. No person of color who says Black Lives Matter wants to see any officer of the law killed. Communities of color did not celebrate the death of five good men we mourned it. As we mourn however we cannot let individuals like Sean Hannity and Rudy Giuliani take a tragic event like Dallas and through the power of the media attempt to silence our voices against police brutality. It is not about getting over it and moving forward. It’s about this country no longer pretending that there are not very real issues that need to be addressed. It’s about people no longer using the lame excuse that by calling for the end of police brutality you are anti police. It’s about finally having a brutally honest conversation about race relations in this country.
So understand that while All Lives Matter countering Black Lives Matter with All Lives Matter is like bursting into a cancer fund raiser and saying hey Heart disease is a problem too you know. It’s true but it really is missing the point.