About a week ago, I published a post entitled Our Poor Black Men in which I speak of the unjust and cruel way some of our black men are treated by whites and society. All the things I spoke of were mere facts and events that have occurred in our great nation.
A few days later, George Floyd was murdered in the streets of Minnesota as three police men kneeled on him and one stood by doing nothing. I woke up to #GeorgeFloyd trending on Twitter and the moment I hit that play button to watch the video my body shivered.
Minnesota is burning to the ground in response to the killing of George Floyd, who repeatedly stated that he was unable to breathe but was not rendered aid by any of the four officers who were suppose to serve and protect. There has been nationwide protests over the barbaric act committed by those four police men and we have also organized a July7 boycott.
The truth is black people and our black men have always encountered injustice. Everyday we live in this society as black people, and have not witness and experience these brutal acts we are able to coexist and have a peace of mind.
However the moment we start to think we are safe and we no longer have issues such as prejudice, racism and unfairness parading on the frontline, videos showing the death of black men like George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Eric Garner, Michael Brown and so many others surface and we are once again placed in a dilemma.
In response to these atrocities, black people march, we come up with hashtags such as blacklivesmatter and sayhername, we organize boycotts, we engage in nationwide protests, we kneel to show that we are taking a stand against inequality, police brutality and racism and we loot and cause havoc in the streets.
Our response to these vicious, vile and inhumane acts done to our black men, and even to our black women- Breonna Taylor, is a mixture of peace and war.
As a consequence of George Floyd’s death, we are once again on the streets, in our homes and on social media riled up with anger, sadness and disappointment.
Personally, I am at a complete loss. My heart is heavy. I am angry. And my spirit is once again broken.
I can know longer bear to see everything that is happening in this very moment:
- I cannot bear to see blacks in the streets burning buildings, attacking people and looting because I know that we have turned to that because we are overwhelmed, frustrated and angry about all the wrongs that have been done and are being done to us without getting the justice we deserve,
- I cannot bear to see those who come up with responses, such as alllivesmatter and bluelivesmatter, to our hashtags of sayhername or blacklivesmatter because they are making it into something that defeats the fact that we are trying to bring notice to the racism and injustice that continue to linger in the veins of this very nation,
- I cannot bear to see that as a nation people’s hate and treatment of us, black people, is motivated by race and their belief in us being inferior to them,
- I cannot bear to see those (regardless of color) saying that when we hit the streets with fires, looting and war we will not bring back those black men and women who we have lost to police brutality and white supremacists because the fact is even when we protest peacefully they still have something to say, and as Leonardo Jacobs point out to Charlie Kirk:
This tweet and response show that even our nation responds with acts of violence against those who have persecuted us. More importantly, it exposes the hypocritical system of our nation as it relates to violence being acceptable only on certain terms.
With everything that is happening, my heart truly aches. I am dumbfounded and angry about the way some whites treat us because in this day and age they still carry around the superior/inferior complex and still think of us as property and things and not as human beings.
It is about time we get rid of the remnants of slavery that continue to form the underlying principles for which our fellow citizens and agents of society treat us as black men and black women.
I wish that by walking peacefully to protest and even in rage to loot and destruct we would by now be able to enact, see and live in real change.
It is definitely been a long time coming.
We deserve to be treated equally as any other race. We are humans and we deserve the same respect that other races receive.
The journey to change, equality and the relinquishment of racism seems to be forever ongoing but we will continue to riot (peacefully or otherwise) in the streets until we have received the respect and equality we deserve.