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Why We Say Black Lives Matter

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.

and though I knew I had done nothing wrong

Another sunrise and I wake, blessed to see it by the grace of God. I take my shower, put on my suit, and prepare to head out yet again into a world of uncertainty. I kiss my wife goodbye, pull her close and whisper in her ear I’m the luckiest man alive to have been blessed with a wife as smart and beautiful as you. She laughs and replies and don’t you ever forget it. Just then my two children appear out of nowhere shouting daddy, daddy we love you as they wrap my legs in two mini bear hugs. I kiss each of them and tell them daddy loves you too and head out the door, the sun is shining, there’s not a cloud in the sky, and as I drove, I couldn’t help but smile, thinking of all the wonderful blessings God has bestowed on me. My health, my education, my job, my home, my friends, and most of all my beautiful family. By all accounts it was a perfect day.

Then the sound of the siren pierced the peaceful morning silence and the red lights flashed in my mirror and though I knew I had done nothing wrong, my hands started to tremble. I did like I had been told by my mother since I was old enough to understand. I turned off the radio, rolled down the window, put my license on the dashboard and my hands on the steering wheel.

The officer walked over to my car, his hand by his side on his gun and though I knew I had done nothing wrong, I couldn’t escape the frightful thought that maybe just maybe today was my turn to be George Floyd, Eric Garner or Jacob Blake.

Sir, would you mind stepping out of the vehicle.

Why officer what did I do?

He looked directly at me, but I could tell he didn’t see me. Not for who I am anyway. He didn’t see a hardworking, educated, family man. A man who had never so much as gotten a ticket for jay walking. All he saw was the color of my skin.

Sir, I’m not going to ask you again. Please step out of the vehicle.

I love you daddy.  All I could think of was my two beautiful children and though I knew I had done nothing wrong I very slowly removed my hand from the steering wheel to open the door.

Once I had exited the vehicle the officer instructed me to move toward the front of the car and place my hands on the hood.

And you better not forget it.  All I could think was my wife’s beautiful smile and though I knew I had done nothing wrong I did as he asked.

Do you mind if we search your car?

Why? I asked.

You fit the description of a man who just robbed a convenience store.

I thought to myself most people who rob convenience stores don’t do so with $500 suits on but before I could protest, my mother’s voice was in my head. Son don’t give them even the slightest reason to shoot you I’m too old to have to bury you and though I knew I had done nothing wrong I said not a problem sir.

After a quick search, the officer matter of factly said, sorry for the trouble you’re not who we are looking for and without so much as another word turned and walked back to his car. I stood there for a minute, still shaking, and attempted to regain my composure, and though I knew I had done nothing wrong I also knew it didn’t matter because I am a black man living in America.

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.

This Has to Stop!

George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Elijah McClain
Ahmoud Arbery Rayshard Brooks, Sandra Bland
Sean Reed, Tamir Rice, Eric Garner
Oscar Grant Michael Brown, Walter Scott, Freddie Gray

This has to stop.

This is not a black problem this is an American problem and make no mistake this upcoming election is not about policy, economics or even Covid. This election is about race in America.

This election is about a segment of society who believe for America to be great it needs to return to the days of Jim Crow and segregation. When the KKK rode freely through the night. When Blacks “knew” their place.

I’m so sad, so angry, so tired of this shit.

I’m an American, my people helped built this country, this country’s wealth was achieved through the blood of my ancestors. I should not have to tremble in fear when I see flashing lights in my rear view mirror. My brother and sisters should not have to warn their children about the inherent dangers they face because they are black. My people should not have to grieve another black man or woman shot dead by police.

This has got to stop!!
Vote out the hate
Vote in the hope

When Will Enough Be Enough? When Will America Realize Black Lives Matter

Revelation 6:10 English Standard Version

10 They cried out with a loud voice, “O Sovereign Lord, holy and true, how long before you will judge and avenge our blood on those who dwell on the earth?”

This is not a call for vengeance but a call for justice.

George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Elijah McClain

When will enough be enough?  When will those who disregard black lives, who despise unity, who weaponize the teachings of the Lord to further their hatred of all things not like them be held accountable for their wicked ways? 

Ahmoud Arbery Rayshard Brooks, Sandra Bland

How many people of color must be sacrificed before those who counter Black Lives Matter with All Lives Matter acknowledge Black Lives are a part of all lives, yet for 400 years this country has never valued them as such.

Sean Reed, Tamir Rice, Eric Garner

How many more black mothers and fathers must weep in agony and bury their sons or daughters simply because of the color of their skin.

Oscar Grant Michael Brown

How many more times must a father or mother of color have to sit their sons and daughters down and warn them of the inherent dangers they face every day just by walking out the door simply because of the color of their skin.

Walter Scott, Freddie Gray

When will America comes to grips that systematic racism and the brutalization and murder of people of color is real and not something new? That it is not something to be danced around. That it is not a black problem, it is an American problem and it won’t be solved by the protest of people of color alone, but by the realization by those who have never had to worry about it that they must acknowledge it, look it directly in the eye, stand up and declare

ENOUGH IS ENOUGH BLACK LIVES MATTER

👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾 Milwaukee Bucks and the NBA

👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾 to NBA players decision to boycott games and the league decision to reschedule all of today’s game in response to the shooting of Jacob Blake.

The disgusting Laura Ingraham once told her audience on FOX, likely to their glee, that LeBron James should shut up and dribble. Well today the players told America NO we are not just going to move on from yet another incident of perceived misconduct by police against a black man, another incident where Black Lives Don’t Matter. Today we are raising our voices by not dribbling.

While the morally repugnant President who has hijacked our country with his hate, tweets in all caps law and order, ignoring the anger so many feel because of the continued threat of living while black in this country. We are screaming America this is unacceptable! We will no longer stand for it. We will not simply whisper it so you feel comfortable we will scream it to make you uncomfortable and if you choose to continue to ignore us you will see just how comfortable we can make you.

As Thomas Jefferson said:

What country can preserve it’s liberties if their rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance? let them take arms. the remedy is to set them right as to facts, pardon & pacify them. what signify a few lives lost in a century or two? the tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots & tyrants.

The game plan is transparent, tired and old.

Hey Trump your game plan is transparent,
tired and old.

You say Law and Order
You mean People of Color
are out of control but I’ll
put them back in their place.

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You say Protect our History & culture
You mean people of color want to
stop glorifying men  who fought
to maintain slavery.
Not on my watch.

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You say you didn’t hear them yell white power.
You mean of course I heard them say
white power. I was just confirming
to my base where I stand on the issue.

But you better look again.
Your base Is shrinking.
The Coalition of the Righteous is growing.

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We’re tired of you trying to divide us
based on ethnicity and skin color.

We’re not going to stop saying
BLACK LIVES MATTER

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We’re not going to stop demanding
meaningful police reform that roots out bad cops and ends police brutality.

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We’re not going anywhere but
come November you are.
Out of the White House because
we’re not going to give you
four more years to spread
your division and hate.

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Looters and rioters are criminals masquerading as protesters

I have said the Derek Chauvin’s of the world are not police officers, they are murderers masquerading as police officers.

The same can be said about the looter and rioters, doing this for their own gain, they are not protestors they are criminals masquerading as protesters.

Media coverage, some outlets more than others, have focused more on these criminals as opposed to the legitimate protesters, a coalition of the righteous, who are engaging in legitimate acts civil disobedience all around the country.

Part of this is calculated, especially on some networks. Yes, by focusing on the criminal acts it leads to higher ratings, but it also says to certain groups watching – See this is why we must maintain control. Why we must dominate the streets. Look at what we will descend into if we don’t.

It changes the narrative from the root cause of the protests to that of the looting. This gives those who wish would ignore the economic and social injustices that precipitated this unrest the cover they are looking for to do just that, ignore it.

It also provides them with the ammunition they crave to keep us as a people divided. To stop what they fear, the coming together of white, black and brown. The coalition of the righteous.

Progressive activist DaShanne Stokes once said:
“The more we’re thrown into conflict with each other through engineered distrust, the less able we are to unite against those responsible.”

The economic and social foundation of this society is built on the marginalization of and economic and social oppression of the poor in general and people of color specifically and it won’t be until America is made to comes to the realization that it seriously take on the problem of the systematic racism that has permeated this country for four hundred years it will always run the risk of exploding as it has this week

 

What I Don’t Like

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
Racism
Bigotry

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.

The Seeds of Anger

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

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