Tag Archives: oppression

That which is truly ours can never be broken

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.

Why?

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!

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! 

THIS IS THE MAN…WHO IS THE FACE OF RACISM IN AMERICA TODAY

“I don’t know much about the NBA protest. I know their ratings have been very bad because I think a lot of people are a little tired of the NBA, frankly. But I don’t know too much about the protest, but I know their ratings have been very bad and that’s unfortunate. They have become like a political organization and that’s not a good thing. That’s not a good thing for sports or the country,”

These are the words of America’s so-called President Donald Trump, words that should come as no surprise to anyone at this point. 

This is a man who has never shown even the slightest bit of empathy.

This is a man who has shown no desire to address or denounce the indiscriminate killing of people of color by law enforcement and armed vigilantes. 

This is a man who with a wink and a nod has implicitly given his approval to racism. 

This is a man who has never had to sit down with Donald Jr. and tell him if he is comforted by police outside his own home, because they think he matches the general description of someone, don’t breath, don’t blink, don’t do anything because they might mistake your actions for drawing a weapon and fire 41 rounds at you, killing you. 

Amadou Diallo

This is a man who has never had to sit down with Eric and tell him to be careful while jogging because it’s possible men with guns may pull up next to you in a pickup truck and tell you to stop because they don’t believe you belong in their neighborhood and if you don’t they may proceed to shoot and kill you.

Ahmoud Arbery

This is a man who has never had to sit down with Ivanka and tell her that if Police break down the door to your home without cause and  unannounced don’t make any sudden moves because while they have no reason to be in your home if you or Jared  move to protect yourselves they may proceed to fire more than 20 rounds at you and Jarrad killing you and then  file an incident report that states you had no injuries and that no forced entry occurred.

Breonna Taylor

This is a man who never had to sit down with Barron and tell him that even though he is only 14 years old if he sees a police officer immediately drop to the ground and lay flat because that officer who has previously been deemed an emotionally unstable recruit and unfit for duty, may decide that any movement you make is threatening and before you can blink shoots and kill you.

Tamir Rice

This is a man who has never had to worry about his children being rounded up and being falsely accused of a crime because of the color of their skin, questioned for hours without representation, falsely convicted and imprisoned despite no DNA and all the evidence pointing to their innocence and some rich white guy looking to make a name for himself taking out a full page ad in a major newspaper calling for the death penalty in their case

Kevin Richardson, Antron McCray, Raymond Santana, Korey Wise, and Yusef Salaam – formerly known as the Central Park Five now known as the Exonerated Five

This is a man who doesn’t understand and doesn’t want to understand the systematic racism that people of color endure every day in this country. 

This is the man who is the face of racism in America today

This is a man who has made a political career on the slogan Make America Great Again which is nothing more than code for Make America White Again.