So I know that it’s been a really really really long time since I’ve posted anything on here. it’s not because I’ve forgotten, it’s not because I don’t care but I’ve been crazy busy, with work, especially. And I suppose to a certain extent, I haven’t really been inspired to write.
However, for the past few days I’ve had this tingling, this itch to express what I’ve been feeling as it relates to the killing of blacks in the United States of America. Now I know that I’m not American, I do not live in America, I do not intend to move to America, but shit, I have family and friends living there and being threatened with the possibility of leaving for work one morning, or going to the store..or whatever and not returning home all because of……the colour of their skin.
So this has been happening for time in the US, police officers killing blacks, and I’m going to be honest here, I have been complacent, saying only to myself..’boy this is some real shit’. Even after the advent of the camera phone technology and I see these things happening every other day, I was still like..’boy this is some real shit’. Forgive me for this though, maybe it’s because I felt I was too far removed from the situation, I am where I am, it’s not affecting me. But after that video of Alton Sterling, I dunno what it was but something stirred. It stirred because when I looked at it I was like, what movie am I watching? To me it was murder. And when I looked at who was responsible for this murder, my mind raced back to all the times I was like ‘boy this is some real shit’.
I’m not going to ask why in 2016 this is allowed to happen. Many of you have your reasons, chances are, most of which i fully support. This is happening, it is getting much worse that I’m sure many of you ever anticipated. How is the United States of America ‘united’ when a police officer mindlessly takes the life of someone of colour? When you see disparities everyday in the way they ‘police’ white perpetrators? When more than a few white folks can make light of the phrase ‘Black lives matter’ by the over arching ‘All lives matter’? When people can comfortably sit back and say, ‘it isn’t a race matter’? When you use a man’s past against him…so because he used to sell drugs at the side of the street 20 years ago, then killing him is justified? When now killing police officers out of frustration and retaliation, is somehow justifiable to some people? So many more questions…
I’m not too sure how many of you know this, but I am expecting a soon to be baby boy (that’s what they told me anyway) and the thought of what’s happening in the US scares the hell out of me. I’ve been asked on many occasions, ‘why don’t you go to the US to have your baby? He will have automatic citizenship, countless opportunities.blah blah blah’. It never crossed my mind to be honest, I know people do it, but that was never something I thought I’d do. But now all I can think about is this, opportunities for what? to die on the street just for being black? it’s scary thinking about the conversations black mothers and fathers have to have with their babies now…’son/daughter you are a target, not because of any wrong doing, but because of your skin colour’
What can we do to change this? To be honest, I don’t know.
We are so used to killing each other that when someone else starts killing us it’s a problem. We don’t come together when we kill each other, but we choose to do so when someone else kills us. We only unite with mutual hate for something, which is not bad but never sustainable. Because then we experience belonging and when that dissipates we go about our usual day and then long for that moment again. So we will always be rejoicing in being together when shit like that happens.
But coming together is the answer, not necessarily in situations like this, but as a community and support each other. One that cheers each other on towards greatness without sneering and wishing bad. We need to stop thinking that the only way we can get ahead in life is if we are athletes, rappers, singers, actors and drug dealers…What people think about us is completely up to them but don’t continue to give them the ammunition. Let’s stop reveling in the ‘bad’. Let’s stop with making popular things like having side dudes and side chicks, having 4 and 5 baby mamas and daddies. Let’s stop blaming other persons, like celebrities to step in and help us out, yes they have influence, but what they choose to do with their time and money is completely up to them. Let’s start with building strong black families, a strong unit – that is such a huge threat to white supremacy. Let’s start from small, and things will change, I have hope that we can.
As per usual..take care of yourselves and each other 🙂