“How Long Will They Mourn Me?”

To PROTECT and SERVE. A police officer’s duty is to “Protect and Serve”, not to kill out of fear and prejudice. It’s asinine to justify such malicious actions with, “If they had just ___…” or “They shouldn’t have been ____…”. What does that even mean? What is it that Black people can or can’t do and who makes up these imaginary rules? In the past few months, multiple people have been killed at the hands of law enforcement. The difference between the Oscar Grants, Trayvon Martins, and Sandra Blands are that the entire country is in an uproar. WE’VE HAD ENOUGH!

It’s scary to think how a lot of non-Black people oversimplify what’s happening to African Americans being killed by law enforcement and this unfair treatment of us overall. What’s normal about calling emergency services on a person barbecuing, selling water on a hot day, walking their pets, or ASKING for you to leash you pet? Those services aren’t free and there’s real emergencies that those operators are supposed to be taking calls from people with real emergencies, no calls broadcasting your fear and prejudice.

This isn’t a political stance by any means. It’s not an attack on White and non-Black people, but after the 13th Amendment, the burning of Black Wall Street, Jim Crow, Reaganomics, stop and frisk, and countless other mechanisms like that, isn’t it time we evolve? I’m just saying, if you love the artists and athletes that you spend your hard earned money on that look just like me, why can’t you show they same admiration and respect to the guy working a 9-5 to feed himself and/or his family? You brought my ancestors to this country to labor for FREE and gave us the harshest punishments and circumstances, all we want is EQUITY because no one budged on equality and affirmative action doesn’t count because you’re still judging names on resumés anyway.

To our allies: Hold your people accountable. I’m never going to accuse ALL non-black of prejudice because that itself is prejudice, but it’s pretty damning of how many allow this to happen around them. If you see this happening and you know it isn’t right, SPEAK UP! I believe that if this can learned, they can definitely unlearn it. It’s always disheartening to see people who face prejudice be hateful towards Black people. Whether you like it or not, we’re all in the same boat. Bigots are stereotyping me AND you. Different hues don’t make you immune, remember that.

I’m going to end it like this, what’s happening is extraordinary. We’re starting to realize as a country and even a planet that racism is wrong. Let’s not lose momentum in the search for EQUALITY and EQUITY for ALL and to continue to say their names and give a voice to the voiceless. As a Black man in America, all I want is the actualization of the dream that was just for Anglo land owners at the beginning of this nation started on stolen land because my people are no longer three fifths of a person. The title of this is from a Tupac Shakur song. Whether you picture him a menace or a martyr, these are the things Tupac foreshadowed during his short time on this earth. We’re tired of mourning and we’re striving for change. Thanks for reading.

Image via NPR

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