I originally had another article to write for the relaunch of this news site. Last week I spoke with my fellow partner and Editor of this organization, Fred Willis about writing an article on the relaunch. However, circumstances have moved me in another direction. I will say though, this medium was launched originally in 2015 to be unfiltered in our approach to telling the true narrative of situations in the United States and around the world. To partner with other writers to allow them space to tell the story plainly and without regard to the censorship other news organizations must adhere to. So, here we are . . .
This is 2020, yet it feels like 1920. Anger is erupting, agree or not, it is understandable.
In all of this I have witnessed the audacity of non-black people who have no idea what oppression feels like, trying to tell black people who know all too well what oppression feels like, how to feel. You do not have a clue of what being a target feels like, what being watched more than others feels like. Please stop with your long passages of outrage, it only shows how tone deaf and stupid you are. Go have several seats in the nosebleed section, my dears.
I am no longer prefacing how good some non-black people are and how I know some great ones. You know who you are, and we will keep on rocking, but I be damned if you get to tell us how to feel. You can cuss out cops, spit, hit, kick hell even MURDER people and there is a 98% chance, you get taken away peacefully, offered great support and even sympathy because of your “mental state”, or you might even get to use the affluenza defense.
Black people do not get to use any of the trauma that is ingrained in us from the times we were sold to the good Christian Europeans way back in 1619, as a pretext of explanation. While, I understand not all the time is it warranted but spare me the nonsense.
I do not agree with the riots and damn sure not the looting, it is costing the livelihoods of people who have worked tirelessly to build their business. It also puts our own brothers and sisters’ job security in question, because they will no longer have a place to work if it is all burned down. We must be mindful that not everyone at a PEACEFUL protest is there because they want to be even if they look like us, some of them are plants. Some are sent solely to distract from the original purpose to demand our right to be heard and bring change. Some are sent to create another narrative that leaves the 98% of us seeking real change lumped into the category of thugs.
“Whenever you got a racial powder keg sitting in your lap, you’re in more trouble than if you had an atomic powder keg sitting in your lap. When a racial powder keg goes off, it doesn’t care who it knocks out the way. Understand this, it’s dangerous.” – Malcolm X, Detroit, MI; April 12, 1964
Yet, with that understanding we must acknowledge this real anger. This is not just anger for our brother George Floyd, our sister Breonna Taylor, our brother Ahmaud Arbery and so many others murdered by those sworn to protect and serve, and those who feel threatened by our royal melanin. This is generational anger. This is the anger left over from the Civil Rights Movement, the labeling of our Black Queens “welfare queens”, the ill thought “Crime Bill” and the “Super-Predator” designation which amped up the black population in prisons. This is the anger of a murderer in Florida getting off for killing our young brother who should still be alive today. This is the anger of a Tulsa officer getting off and being able to get another job in law enforcement after killing an innocent American. This is the anger of a black officer in Minnesota being swiftly charged & convicted for a mistake in shooting a white woman; while in the same state a white officer on VIDEO MURDERED A BLACK MAN AND WALKED AWAY FREE. This is the anger of a President who declared white nationalist supremacist as, “Good people.”
This is the anger when the pacifier is no longer being satisfaction to quench the hunger, the hunger of justice, equity, and equality. For centuries from chattel to freedom, we have been pacified; now we demand food for our soul. Yes, this anger is damaging but volcanic eruptions are never docile and streamlined. Volcanoes erupt without warning and leave a devastating reminder of just how powerful they are. This anger is from dealing with the Karen’s & Bob’s of the world who refuse to believe that we can exist in excellence and live free in America.
Time is up on racism and exclusion, we will create our own nation and rise a more powerful foe through our intellect, our economy, and our governance.
I support those who continue to march peacefully demanding change. Our brother Colin Kaepernick protested peacefully and did not seek any attention for it. He quietly refused to stand for an anthem stained with the blood of our fellow Kings & Queens from slavery to their brutal tortures and murder at the hands of badge holders. When he was asked and spoke out, the NFL and it ownership, and some sellout players pushed him and the message aside. They were too afraid and whimpered out scared of this racist President. Despite these continued atrocities and video evidence of brutality and murder, there will still be a slate of worthless racists who will never understand why we will not stand and why we protest. No matter how non-violent or peaceful the worthless scum racists will continue to perpetrate a narrative counteractive to unity.
The saddest part of it all is those who look like us, side with worthless racists and a racist president. They deny their own to play house nigger to folks who don’t see them as human but see them as an avenue to continue to be racist and be the black friend that co-signs it.
I am not a black leader on the front lines of this or any movement, but as a black man, I get it. My hope is that we harness this fiery eruption into tangible actions of change, first by hitting the pockets of those in power. We must turn our attention to BLACK OWNED businesses, you are not a sellout if you do shop with the big chains. However, we should make DELIBERATE effort to support our Black Kings and Queens and rebuild our own economy. We must also put forth a concerted effort to build banks and credit unions that understand us and will lend us the money to build our lives.
Second, we MUST vote, no, not just for the President but our Mayors, City Council representatives, County Leaders including clerks. We must vote for common sense judges, state Supreme Court justices, District/County Attorneys that do not side with the values of oppression and suppression. We must vote for Governors, Lt. Governors, Attorney Generals, State Lawmakers, and statewide elected officials who serve people over party, that care about the wellbeing of the PEOPLE and not their donors. We must vote of U.S. Representatives and U.S. Senators who are for the people and not their party; even if that means voting out the ones who we have grown to love but are now ineffective and complacent in their roles.
We need voices who are loud, unmoved, and seen in our communities. Speaking up not just as a source in an article but proudly putting their name to their words and not giving a damn about the backlash.
As we continue to grapple with being Black in America, we must also heed the warning and of the late Dr. Julia Hare. Dr. Hare in 2007 was a panelist at the State of the Black Union at Hampton University – hear her in her own words:
The obvious question remains is, “What’s next?” I for one certainly do not vote for more table talks. Black folks have been urged to come to the table for far too damn long, its time for ACTION, we have been talking, you know what we demand. Make it happen or find yourself out of office and out of power. Equality is no longer enough; we demand equity as well.
There is much more to discuss, and I hope we come together and harness this fueled anger not into more torched and looted buildings and cars. It is my hope we spurn these feelings of over 401 years of pent up anger into actions that remove racist leaders and those who empower them.
WE WILL BE HEARD!