I wasn’t going to say anything. I wasn’t going to write one word. I have family I love and respect who are retired law enforcement. I know good men and women who don’t abuse their badges.
This post is not about them.
This post is being written because I drove home from work in tears today. Overwhelmed because I have colored male friends, black god brothers, a Hispanic significant other, An African-American step-father, an Afro-American father. I have a few Negro uncles. I don’t know when the day will come that they will be deemed Niggers and shot down in cold blood.
I don’t know when someone will decide their lives are worthless and even when they are breathlessly saying, “I can’t breathe. ” No one will take the noose…I mean illegal choke hold off of their throats and let them go home to their six children.
I don’t know when we get to stop being the victims of real life screenplays.
-RIP Mike Brown age 17-
I don’t know when the scab of fear, prejudice and hatred will finally peel off without staining our history with the crimson blood of our children. I don’t know why they don’t have to come up with excuses or lies anymore. No more wallets that look like guns. No more self defense pleas or over-zealous neighborhood watch.
No more …
…husband-less wives who are widows before they are brides.
I fear for our children who are too busy working on their twerking to focus on freedom. Freedom from generational racism and shackles of cultural cynicism. When I was young, my parents would say, “Represent!” They would say it when I’d leave the house for school. They would say it before a demonstration in my karate class. They would say it before I would read scripture in church. They would constantly remind me that I am a direct reflection of my family, my upbringing and my ancestry as a whole. I was representing my generation. I was representing women. I was representing my culture. None of the victims pictured above were perfect and I definitely don’t claim to be. Everyone makes mistakes.
I ask how you are representing those who are still giving their lives for you not to be considered an animal???
This has everything to do with color, ethnicity and generational prejudice. There are people who don’t see any race but the human race. There are also people who pass bigotry down the genetic chain like money in a will or a piece of old china.
There is no decision but to represent. Pray for those who have lost their lives and act so that they haven’t done so in vain.
-By: Shaun M. N.