I’m feeling very uneasy and downright angry about the incidents which occurred over the last week in Louisiana, Minnesota, Dallas and probably other places that we don’t know about yet. It’s ridiculous that in 2016 we are STILL dealing with racism, police brutality and a host of other issues in a country which just celebrated FREEDOM on the fourth of July. I guess what I fail to realize is AMERICA was freed from Britain in 1776 but the people who live in America are not really FREE. We are still bound by the laws and failed justice system which repeatedly ALLOW people to NOT be held accountable for actions which DON’T justify the RIGHT to kill another human being!
I’ve worked with various populations mostly underprivileged, indigent, single parent households in urban areas in NYC and DC. I could also guarantee that most of them have experienced situations in which their rights were violated or disregarded based on the color of their skin and/or their social economic status. Hell, I’ve been in situations where I was seen as inferior based on the color of my skin or prejudices people have in their minds about Black people.
Sometimes, I possess a sense of feeling helpless and hopeless because I’m not sure what can be done about it. When I think about my nephew, godson and other young minority children growing up in a SOCIETY where the system is flawed, it makes me want to not have children. Why would I want to have a child in an environment which I’m unable to constantly protect them from the harm and dangers of the world? I know some people don’t agree with this thinking but, oh well!
And please don’t get stuck on my feelings about having children because that’s not what I want you to remember. I want you to remember that even though we are being treated unfairly, cruel and inhumane that violence does not beget violence! It’s not justified to take another humans life because of the actions which they have committed on earth. Because the GOD I serve has the final say and will pass judgment in the end!
I believe that WE as people can be a catalyst for change but WE have to work together! However, I know what you’re thinking. History has shown us that some of us don’t play well together. I’ve refrained from identifying a specific race because all races have inflicted pain on one another. When instead, all races should be in support of equality and be against racial profiling and other issues which plague our nation. How is that we all breathe the same air and make the same green money but we can’t all treat each other as they way we want to be treated?
I feel like I’m beating a dead horse and most of the ideas I’ve previously stated you’ve heard before but I implore you to find some way to bring about positive change. Whether it be volunteering in your community, voting or community organizing, you too can be an agent of change. And don’t believe everything you hear reported in the news and on social media because it’s mostly half truths or propaganda! But that’s a whole ‘nother topic.
Please believe that I too am thinking about what type of change agent I will be in the great scheme of things. Until next time!