The year is 2020 but it is definitely mirroring the 1950’s and 1960’s. If you thought for a second that Black people came a long way then you are sadly mistaken. In fact, we aren’t many generations removed since oppression was inflicted on our ancestors. In school we learned all about the beginning of slavery, how it ended and what happened after. However, as I got older and started to educate myself and pay attention to what was happening in the world around me I realized that this country has found other ways to oppress us. My first realization came during the Rodney King trial. I can remember being an 8 year old girl watching the video over and over of this Black man being pulled out of the car, kicked and repeatedly being beaten. I can remember conversations adults were having about their lack of faith in the system but for me it was a no brainer that these cops were going to jail. When people commit such acts of violence they are punished right? Wrong! Their acquittal taught me my first lesson about racial and economic disparities between our race and others. I also couldn’t understand why my mother was teaching my brother what to do when he would be stopped by the police, so that he could make it back home alive ( not if he were ever stopped but when).
Years later this vicious cycle continued to repeat itself, Black men being brutalized, beaten and killed at the hands of authorities taking advantage of power the law has bestowed upon them. This is a war that’s not only about race but also about justice that for years and years Black people haven’t received. You don’t have to get out and protest but your silence at this point is your agreenance with our flawed system. This system has failed so many ; Sean Bell, Philando Castile, Alton Sterling, Trayvon Martin, Eric Garner, George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and so many more. Nothing has changed but the year!
Renee_theblogger_: Black men and even women have continued to be brutalized and murdered in front of our very own eyes. Enough is enough, and we’re tired! We can’t keep sitting and waiting for justice. Sometimes it has to be demanded, but let’s unite and do it the right way, the smart way!